SERVE thru Woods

Back to School Drive - School supplies and backpacks are collected in August for over 150 needy students at Glen Burnie Park Elementary so they are prepared and ready to learn the first day of school. Volunteer opportunities also exist to help tutor and mentor students throughout the year. Contact Dory Mondor .

Christmas Outreach Project - Christmas gifts and dinner baskets are provided by Woods for children and their families that are referred to us through SPAN. In addition, gift baskets are provided for individuals who are elderly or disabled and living in Pinewood Village, a subsidized housing neighborhood. Volunteers may pick up individual gift request cards at Mission Marketplace in Fellowship Hall beginning the first Sunday in Advent. Contact Nancy Harrison or Debbie Fry .

CROP Walk - We participate in the annual Severna Park CROP Walk on the B & A Trail. Walkers raise money to donatecrop walk to hunger relief efforts for SPAN and Church World Service. Contact Laura Nelson .

Emergency Kits - Gifts of the Heart - Woods supports Church World Service efforts of disaster relief through the collection of items for various Emergency Kits such as hygiene kits, school kits, or emergency clean up buckets, depending on the need. These kits are then shipped throughout the United States or World to those in emergency disaster situations. This effort is coordinated during the Lent Season.  Contact Kris McNally at 410-647-2550.

Family Mission Night - is an evening of fellowship and mission where families with children can learn about the mission opportunties in and around the world, where we serve at Woods and how to get involved. There is also a hands-on mission project where children pack emergency kits for Church World Service. Contact Betsy Saunders or Kris McNally 410-647-2550.

Lakota Children’s Book Drive – Throughout the Lent season new or gently used children and young adult books are collected at Woods, then shipped and distributed to children on the South Dakota Native American Reservations that participate in our summer learning camps. In 2012, more than 6,000 books were collected and sent to South Dakota. Contact Janet Williams .

Mission Marketplace - Each Sunday in Advent, a unique marketplace is set up in Fellowship Hall offering fair trade, hand made, non-profit items for sale from SERRV International. In addition, alternative gift giving opportunities are set up which support our mission partners such as Heifer International. The marketplace gives people the chance to have a direct impact on our brothers and sisters in Christ worldwide, by purchasing "gifts from the heart" for others at Christmas. Volunteers are needed to organize and run the marketplace. Please contact Amy Raff .

Peace and Justice – This is a group that is passionate about supporting the Presbyterian commitment to activelyPeace and Justice Logo promote compassion, peace and justice in their communities and beyond through educating their congregation on issues that call for a Christian response and are supported by the PC(USA). They are currently focusing on environmental issues as an Earth Care Congregation and on Middle East peace (emphasis on Palestine & Israel), as well as human trafficking issues. Please contact Joan Tiernan, Chair, if you are interested. Meetings are held the first Monday of each month and all are welcome to attend.

SOUPER Bowl Weekend – Youth participate in this national hunger relief effort, which uses the energy surrounding Super Bowl Sunday to engage youth in tackling hunger. Youth volunteers participate in a build project on Saturday and on Sunday, they organize a food drive collection and a special offering to donate to a local hunger relief organization, SPAN. Contact Scott Wiley or Kris McNally  at 410-647-2550 to get involved. 

Serving People Across Neighborhoods (SPAN) - We are a member church of SPAN which offers help for those needing food or emergency financial assistance. Drop off food anytime in the Food Barrels in Fellowship Hall. Each Monday food is picked up and delivered to SPAN.

Winter Relief Emergency Shelter is an emergency shelter coordinated through Arundel House of Hope and more than 50 partner churches that take turns providing safe, warm, emergency shelter and hot meals for homeless men and women in Anne Arundel County during the winter months. Woods Church will provide meals, transportation, a warm place to sleep as well as fellowship for 65 individuals who are experiencing homelessness. Contact Scott Wiley or Kris McNally for more information about volunteering.