We believe that every follower (disciple) of Jesus Christ is invited to enjoy Him, and are sent to proclaim the gospel with both our lips and lives thereby making God’s Kingdom tangible to all. We learn how to live this "with-God" life by putting skin on love as His everyday people living in everyday places demonstrating tangible acts of mercy and compassion in everyday ways. This means that as a Church we are not focused on programming as much as promoting a discipled-way of life. As we actively participate in God's mission and His work all around us, we join Him in bringing renewal and restoration to our community and world--we become joined in God's pursuit of restoring lives.
Beyond how we nurture our Life-Connection Groups (see our "small groups" page), here are some ways we organize mission as a Church in order to love our city and work for its good to the glory of God:
3E Ministry to the Homelessness, Vulnerably Housed, or Struggling with Poverty
This is our highly relational ministry that seeks to encourage, equip and empower "friends/families in need" to move from homelessness to "self-sufficiency "within the context of community and God's sufficiency. The 3E Ministry is a Process not a program. The 3E Process involves many in WCC who are compelled to serve as what we call "All-In Friends" who walk in a variety of ways side-by-side our "Friends/Families in Need." Some in WCC serve as "Servant Leader Coordinators" who meet weekly with our Friends/Families In Need utilizing a flexible curriculum (written by Fred Liggin & Jim Goalder) that teaches "growth shapes" designed to equip and empower our Friend/Family In Need with the necessary life skills to live with greater "self-sufficiency" and faith.
Through this relational experience we want to demonstrate the love of Jesus through tangible acts of mercy and compassion by engaging relationally, listening to their stories, and offering help with food, clothing or finances. We also serve to equip them in practical ways to live with greater "self-sufficiency" through proper money management and life-skills. This only happens if everyone in WCC makes their gifts, skills, and lives available to these friends of ours in some way.
We also partner closely with many professional/business men/women and various organizations and agencies within Williamsburg, James City/York counties to offer an array of "Wrap-Around Services." This includes agencies such as the WJCC Community Action Agency, Headstart Program (a school readiness program for low-income families with children ages birth to 5), Greater Williamsburg Outreach Mission (G.W.O.M.), the Community Resource Center of United Way, and both local and county government departments.
We also offer our church building to those who are homeless during the winter months through a temporary winter shelter program by partnering with "Community of Faith Mission."
Grove Christian Outreach
An outreach to those who live in the Grove community, a lower-income neighborhood in Williamsburg. We serves with Grove in a variety of ways. We encourage all WCC members to join in on our “Buy Two, Give One Away” effort. Simply put, when you buy a toiletry or hygiene item for your family, buy two and give one to Grove by dropping it off at the Local Mission Center each Sunday. We also help by volunteering to serve at their events as well as hosting various clothing or food drives.
Envoy Nursing Home
Every 3rd Sunday a month members of WCC lead and participate a worship gathering for the residents of Envoy. We also seek to serve these precious residents in a variety of other ways such as visitations, delivering cards or other tangible expressions of love, hope and compassion.
Other Local Mission Efforts
WCC also organize various local mission efforts throughout the year in order to make God’s Kingdom tangible to others through tangible expressions of love, compassion and hope.