Jesus calls his disciples to provide compassionate care to those in need, saying “When you do it to one of the least of these my brothers, you do it to me.”
Scottsville Presbyterian takes these words of Jesus to heart. Through the years we have reached out to others in need in various ways. Aware that our resources require a targeted focus, we have concentrated on these principal ministries.
The Discovery School of Virginia
The Discovery School of Virginia, located in nearby Buckingham County, provides a supervised setting where young men with emotional or behavioral problems can find assistance in working through conflicts to a healthier way of relating to other people. Scottsville Presbyterian has established a close relationship with two of the school’s groups. Young men from these groups regularly attend worship at Scottsville Presbyterian. Members of the church also engage the young men in work projects.
The Bread of Life Ministry of Scottsville
This is an ecumenical ministry by six Scottsville churches. It operates a food pantry program for destitute neighbors who need assistance. The pantry is run entirely by volunteers. Scottsville Presbyterian has supported Bread of Life with both monetary contributions and volunteer staffing.
The Scottsville Mobile Food Pantry
A mobile pantry from the Blue Ridge Area Food Bank visits Scottsville once a month. When the truck arrives, volunteers step in to unload the food, package it into grocery bags, and distribute it to people in need of emergency food assistance. Many of the volunteers come from local churches, including Scottsville Presbyterian.
Meals on Wheels
Meals on Wheels provides hot meals to homebound residents of Albemarle County. The meal is the only hot meal many recipients receive during the day. Our members serve as volunteer delivery drivers, and we are responsible for organizing the multi-church, annual community Fish Fry that raised over $10,000 for Meals on Wheels in 2015. We have also donated Blizzard Bags of non-perishable groceries that ensure meal recipients have something to eat when bad weather prevents delivery of a hot meal.
The Boys and Girls Club of Scottsville
A committee of citizens worked tirelessly to establish a Boys and Girls Club in Scottsville for several years, and members of Scottsville Presbyterian played leading roles in planning for this club and its fundraising. The surrounding community was overjoyed when the club opened in the old Scottsville school in June, 2014.