Serve Christ

"The way God designed our bodies is a model for understanding our lives together as a church: every part dependent on every other part... You are Christ’s body—that’s who you are!"
1 Corinthians 12:25-31
The Message

We believe God gives everyone gifts with which to be part of the Body of Christ.  Together, we can make a difference in the lives of others by being present, offering help, and serving as living examples of Jesus’ love

No matter who you are, you can serve.  Whether it’s strong hands, a beautiful smile, wise words, or daily prayers… we all contribute to Christ’s work as members of the body of Christ!

Hinton Avenue UMC is active in its neighborhood, across the city of Charlottesville, and as part of the United Methodist Connection that touches lives all around the world.  Truly, we believe that together we can make a difference that brings a little bit of heaven here to earth.

The only free Clothes Closet in Charlottesville is a well-stocked “store” that provides clothing and basic household items to anyone who comes and signs in.  Donations are brought by persons all across the Charlottesville Area.  The Clothes Closet is open Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9 am to 1 pm in the lower level of the church.  Donations are gratefully accepted during opening hours.

Hinton Avenue’s Family Kitchen offers a satisfying meal and a warm welcome each week, no questions asked.  Teams of volunteers rotate in preparing and hosting the meal.  The Family Kitchen is open each Sunday from 1:30 pm to 3:00pm in the Fellowship Hall.  Entry is via the outdoor stairs under the Sanctuary entrance porch.

Begun in 1983, the Food Pantry prepares grocery bags for anyone who calls ahead needing food for themselves or their families.  Bags can be assembled and picked up the next day by calling the church office, (434) 293-7049.  Donations are always welcome!

The Charlottesville Area Community ID Program seeks to improve health, safety, and sense of community by issuing a locally-recognized ID Card.  The card is available to anyone but may be especially helpful to those who, for various reasons, are unable to obtain a a government issued ID.  The program is sponsored by Hinton Avenue UMC, New Beginnings Christian Community, and Welcoming Greater Charlottesville.  ID Registration drives are held on the first Saturday of each month.

Hinton Avenue is one of 26 Congregations making up Interfaith Movement Promoting Action by Congregations Together (IMPACT).   As a grassroots organization we bring our diversity together to live out our religious traditions’ call for justice in greater Charlottesville, Virginia. We are dedicated to the empowerment of local leaders to identify and develop solutions to serious community problems, and achieving these solutions through direct action.

Hinton Avenue is a partner congregation of Loaves & Fishes Food Pantry, supporting it financially and with a team of dedicated volunteers on the third Tuesday of each month. Loaves & Fishes’ mission is to give food with kindness and compassion to those seeking assistance while providing an opportunity for volunteers to serve their neighbors in Charlottesville and surrounding communities.