Due to the COVID-19 situation, Grace Ministries at St. Stephen’s United Methodist Church is currently being offered in a drive-thru format on the fourth Saturday of most months, distributing food and diapers to its guests in the parking lot of the church located at 9203 Braddock Road, Burke, Va., 22015.  A limited number of volunteers are needed to support this project to ensure that social distancing between volunteers and all of our guests is maintained. For more information on this program, please call the church office at 703-978- 8724. 

Photo by Joe Willmore/St. Stephen’s Photo Ministry

Below is a description of how the program is run when social distancing is not a factor. (prior to March 2020)

St. Stephen’s has joined Grace Ministries in reaching out to our neighbors in need on the 4th Saturday of most months (November and December distributions vary due to the holidays). We distribute free clothes, toys, food, and diapers to our guests. Donations are appreciated – seasonal clothing (men’s, women’s children’s), children’s books, toys, and baby items (e.g., high chairs, strollers). Please bring donations to the church on the Friday before the distribution. Many volunteers are needed both to set-up on Friday from 3:30-5:30 p.m. and help with the distribution on Saturday. The distribution runs from 7 to 9:30 am, but we need volunteers as early as 6:30 AM to help fix and serve a hot breakfast. We also need volunteers to help with the distribution and shopping carts (please arrive around 8 am), and with clean-up (9:30 am). Volunteers enter the building through the entrance in front of the Fellowship Hall (which at the left end as you face the building). For those who want to volunteer, but can’t make it at 6:30, we welcome volunteers to help with shopping carts (please come around 8:30 am) and for clean-up (9:30 am).

Our distributions began in May 2009. Each month we receive a special offering during communion to help support the financial needs of this ministry.