My Little Library
A mission project with Chesterfield STAR and other area churches, My Little Free Library provide students with Summertime Access to Reading in order to prevent summer learning loss. Chester Presbyterian hosts My Little Free Library parties during the summer at Colonial Ridge Apartments. Needs include: books that are appropriate and attractive to children in grades K-12, volunteers to read to students, and volunteers to help with the party event.
CARITAS is Congregations Around Richmond Involved To Assure Shelter
The homeless include young, old, single, families, transients and the working poor. Richmond has the ability to provide emergency shelter during the cold winter months for many in crisis. With its name derived from the Latin word for charity, today CARITAS is the largest emergency shelter program in our community. More than 170 faith communities provide over 37,000 nights of shelter.
For two weeks in the winter, Chester Presbyterian Church opens its doors to house the homeless. The mission involves setting up cots supplied by CARITAS, providing and preparing meals for the participants, visiting with the guests during the evening, and spending the night at the church. These functions are spread among many church volunteers. The experience brings the church together, puts a face on homelessness, and dispels common misconceptions about the homeless.
You can make a child’s Christmas memory a positive one. Angel Tree, started by Prison Fellowship Ministries, provides “gift wishes” (usually a toy and clothes) to children who have an incarcerated parent