"For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me." (Matthew 25:35-36)
Outreach is an integral value in the culture of Centenary, reaching out to the community and the world. From our Walk-In Ministry which offers a hot meal every Friday to our hungry neighbors, to our meal packaging events with Stop Hunger Now that provide meals for children around the world, the people of Centenary reach out in many ways and give generously of their time and heart.
We are all learning to welcome the stranger among us. Centenary works hard to be an example of hospitality in Richmond’s central city. A casual glance around our sanctuary reveals we truly are a place of prayer for all people. But on some Sundays we are confronted with those who come, not to worship with us, but to ask for a handout. For want of a euphemism, we might call these people “panhandlers,” and we might want to think about how we deal with them in a way that is consistent with our Christian beliefs. Read more of this article by one of our church members, Warren Hottle.
Here is a listing of resources available for those in need here in Richmond, the Greater Richmond Regional Street Sheet.