Outreach

Ours is a fellowship of those who wish to grow in the Christian faith and serve the Lord. We seek to share Christ’s love through service to others and by meeting the needs of those less fortunate. We are continuously working to expand our outreach to the community in evangelism and community service. Join us!

We make intergenerational mission trips, including trips to New Orleans for post-Katrina service, to rural Appalachia, and to urban areas such as Washington, D.C. Every three years we reach beyond our borders to serve those in need.  On our last international mission, twenty from SPC built a three room home for a deserving family in Piedras Negras, Mexico.

Our youth regularly are involved in local “mini missions” with Associate Pastor Chisom. In recent months they have worked at the Roanoke Rescue Mission, the Presbyterian Community Center, and the Food Pantry and the Veterans’ Hospital.

Some of our outreach and mission efforts include:

Area Churches Together (ACT): This ministry assists elementary school children in need by providing school supplies, hygiene items, and nutritious foods. You may place donations in the bins located inside the Clay Street entrance of the church.  This program is sponsored by the Salem Ecumenical Ministries, a faith-based organization comprised of Salem churches of many denominations.

Central American Evangelical Center for Pastoral Studies (CEDEPCA): We travel to Guatemala to work with CEDEPCA in its ministry, and we also provide funding to CEDEPCA that helps people in need in Guatemala and  provides training for church leaders in that country.  For more information, visit: www.cedepca.org.

Community Thanksgiving Dinner: On Thanksgiving Day, we host a lunch in Gresham Hall for anyone in the community who would like to attend.  We serve more than 250 people and deliver Thanksgiving meals to hundreds of homebound people that day.  Congregation members donate food, money, and time to make this ministry possible, and members of sister congregations in Salem help us that day.

Family Promise of Greater Roanoke (FPGR): We work with other congregations in the Roanoke Valley to provide shelter, meals, and support services for homeless families.  As part of that effort, we house and feed homeless families in partnership with College Lutheran Church.  The Marshall House, owned by and located behind SPC, houses FPGR’s day center. Family Promise’s goal is to move families from homelessness to some form of permanent housing.  To learn more,  visit familypromiseroanoke.org.

Habitat for Humanity: SPC often joins  other congregations in Habitat’s efforts to end poverty housing through workdays and monetary contributions.  For more information about Habitat for Humanity’s local ministry,  visit: www.habitat-roanoke.org.

Prison Ministry: We provide funding to assist the chaplain and prisons in ministering to inmates and  their families.

Presbyterian Community Center and West End Center: We provide funding, and members also assist in their tutoring ministry to inner city children.  For more information, visit: www.pccse.org and www.westendcenter.org.

Roanoke Rescue Mission (RRM): The RRM is the largest shelter in the Roanoke Valley, serving those who are homeless,  hungry,  battling addictions,  impoverished, and hopeless.  For more information, visit: www.rescuemission.net.

Roanoke College: We work with Christian organizations on the campus of Roanoke College to connect with students there.  Roanoke College students worship at SPC on Sunday mornings, sing in the choir, and join us for other ministries.

Salem Clothes Closet: We are involved in this ministry of compassion and service by volunteering and by donating clothes and money.

Salem Food Pantry: We support the local food pantry with donations of food, money, and volunteer hours and accept food contributions at the church.  You may place donations in the bins located inside the Clay Street entrance of the church or by the entrances to the sanctuary on Communion Sundays.

Salem Volunteer Garden: The Salem Volunteer Garden is located on property owned by SPC (behind the church and opposite the Clay Street parking lot).  Volunteers from the church and the community grow and harvest fresh produce for people in need in the community.

Salvation Army: In the corner of our parking lot there is a large bin where members and anyone in the community can place donated goods (clothes, toys, etc.) to help those in need.

 Serving His Children: We provide financial and prayer support to this Christian organization founded by Renee Bach, the granddaughter of SPC member Anne Bach.  Our support has included providing funding for a full-time doctor on staff.  Serving His Children ministers to malnourished children and their families in Uganda and educates family members and communities to prevent malnourishment in infants and children.  For more information, visit www.servinghischildren.org.