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Engage


 

Serving at A10, in our community and in our world... 

 

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Engage


 

Serving at A10, in our community and in our world... 

 

At Area 10 we value Community Impact

We don’t recreate the wheel, but partner with existing organizations to alleviate poverty in our city through relationships. We want to love people beyond reason and lead them and ourselves into doing more unreasonable things! Unreasonable to us is ridding Richmond and our world of poverty.

We define poverty as the result of a broken relationship with God, ourselves, others and the rest of creation.

We define poverty as BROKEN RELATIONSHIPS with God, ourselves, others and all creation. Therefore, we desire to help those in our church reconcile their own brokenness and then provide opportunities for them to help others. We do all of this because the transforming love of Christ that we’ve received compels us to love others. It’s that simple.

People come from all walks of life and may be discovering who Jesus is for the first time; therefore, it is important for us to have places to start no matter where you are. What we know for sure is that as we experience the love of Christ, His love compels us forward to the next place in our own spiritual journey.

As ambassadors of christ, we are here to help reconcile the brokenness around us both locally and globally. We hope that as you become a part of our church you will find a place to engage meaningfully at each step you find yourself both inside and outside our walls.

 
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At Area 10, we have four main areas of interest to help you narrow your focus. Within in each group, you will find corresponding local and global engagement opportunities based on the stages listed above. If you aren't sure where to start or have multiple passions and talents, time constraints or roadblocks, be sure to fill out this questionnaire and we will assist you in finding the best place to get out there!

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Family


FAMILY, FOSTER CARE & ADOPTION

Family


FAMILY, FOSTER CARE & ADOPTION

STAGE 1

Become informed about the issue. Learn more at these websites:  UMFSDSS, Hope TreeFresh StartGlocal Ventures, Inc.WPP

Join mailing lists to stay updated: Area 10, UMFS, Hope Tree

Help with Care Packages, Sponsor a Child (Vietnam fundraiser in May)


STAGE 2

Serve at a one-time, church organized, event. Attend informational meetings.

Help with a support care- offer babysitting during meetings/trainings

Attend Vietnam Fundraisers: Yard sale, local restaurants


STAGE 3

Partner with the organization: back up care giver support (as much as you want)

Mentor a child at UMFS (weekly, bi-monthly)

4th Sunday Activities: come play with youth who live on campus (4th grade and up can serve)


STAGE 4

Go to Vietnam and serve at the SS3 Orphanage through Glocal Ventures

Adopt or become a Respite Caregiver (DSS, Hope Tree, UMFS)

Give financially to these organizations above and beyond what you give to Area 10 


United Methodist Family Services

UMFS (United Methodist Family Services) provides a comprehensive network of services to children and families specializing in treatment foster care and adoption, intensive residential treatment and crisis intervention services for adolescents.

A10 Engage Contact: Katherine Leahey

 

 

Fresh Start For Single Moms

Fresh Start is a faith-based 20 week program designed to provide support for single mothers and their children with education, spiritual enrichment, growth, hope for daily living and the future. 

A10 Engage Contact: Nicole Farr

 

Glocal Ventures, Inc.

Glocal Ventures, Inc. (GVI) has been committed to Vietnam since 1996 and is dedicated to holistic, socio-economic development in Vietnam. They mobilize volunteers from around the world to partner with communities in Vietnam to see dreams realized and lives transformed.

A10 Engage Contact: Jack Frye

 

World Pediatric Project

WPP coordinates surgical and diagnostic care for children in Central America and the Eastern Caribbean by sending out medical mission teams to our partner countries and by bringing children to Richmond for life-saving surgical intervention. We rely on volunteers to assist families with many of the practical and supportive needs they have while undergoing medical treatment.

A10 Engage Contact: Nicole Farr

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Education


EDUCATION

Education


EDUCATION

STAGE 1

Become informed on the issues taking place within our public school system (Richmond Forward)

Donate school supplies for students and teachers


STAGE 2

Serve at Back To School Night in September (Fox Elementary)

Beautify campuses at Cary or Fox at a work day (Landscaping)

First Friday Readers at Cary Elementary (monthly)


STAGE 3

Tutor a child at Cary in math (weekly, bi-monthly)

Tutor at UMFS (weekly, bi-monthly) 

Reading comprehension at Fox Elementary (weekly)

Richmond Forward - Spanish Translators at meetings/events 

CARITAS Works program- Help with Job Training

Serve at CHAT (Church Hill Activities and Tutoring) tutor/mentor (weekly)

Serve at Northside Outreach Center - after school program


STAGE 4

Become and Advocate with Richmond Forward (partner with schools) 

CHAT - Teach a life skills program: cooking, sewing, woodworking, entrepreneurial ventures, writing

Give financially to these organizations above and beyond what you give to Area 10


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Cary Elementary

Cary Elementary is a local, Title 1 City of Richmond Public School located south of Carytown.

A10 Engage Contact: Nicole Farr

 

Richmond Forward

Richmond Forward is a relationship-based community advocacy group, understanding that education is our top economic development and civil rights priority, neighborhoods are the building blocks, and relationships are essential to lasting change. 

A10 Engage Contact: Garet Prior

 
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CHAT

Church Hill Activities and Tutoring is a system of integrated programs that empower aspiring youth to break the cycles of poverty and reach their goals located in Church Hill.

A10 Engage Contact: Jessica Ooms,

 

Northside Outreach Center

NOC is a non-denominational organization working to revitalize the Highland Park community spiritually, relationally, and economically through connecting people to needed resources, mentoring and discipleship, and community outreach.

A10 Engage Contact: Jennifer Obenshain,

 

United Methodist Family Services

UMFS (United Methodist Family Services) provides a comprehensive network of services to children and families specializing in treatment foster care and adoption, intensive residential treatment and crisis intervention services for adolescents.

A10 Engage Contact: Maria Tackett

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Poverty


POVERTY

Poverty


POVERTY

STAGE 1

Follow an organization to be aware of on-going needs (drives etc.)

Care packages and drives: Get Clean Bags, Blankets, etc.

Donate items to Sunny Days, Northside Outreach Center, CARITAS, Hand Up Ministries, Grace and Peace 


STAGE 2

Fresh Start: Help with meals, donating specific items 

Hand Up Ministries: Help remodel homes for the working poor (one-day work event)

Boaz and Ruth: Gardening projects, painting facilities, Grant writing

CARITAS: Serve at the yard sale, sign up to serve at their monthly warehouse organizing day

World Pediatric Project: Help with airport pickups/drop-offs and Appointments 

Local Mission Trip with CHAT (1/2 day)

Grace and Peace Community Ministries: Remote Mentoring, Transportation, Holiday Help


STAGE 3

Serve with Fresh Start: Mentor a single mom, babysit during meetings. 

Serve with Jobs for life: Coach and Participant (Boaz and Ruth

Virginia Saints Prison Ministry: Travel Softball team that plays with inmates and/or shares their testimony

Serve at Northside Outreach Center: Community Thrift Store, Food Bank, Taking it to the Streets

UMFS Open Table Participant 

World Pediatric Project: Visiting families in the hospital, assisting with hospital check-ins, family outings

Local Mission Trip with CHAT (Full Week)

Grace and Peace Community MinistriesMentoring (on-going) 


STAGE 4

Adopt a family through Fresh Start

Apply to participate in Richmond Christian Leadership Initiative (9 month training)

Attend conferences

Give financially to these organizations above and beyond what you give to Area 10


Boaz and Ruth

Boaz and Ruth is empowering the commercial corridor of Highland Park by restoring buildings, operating social enterprises and providing jobs and connecting neighbors and program participants to the wider Richmond community through shared experiences that bridge racial, economic and geographic barriers. 

A10 Engage Contact: Ann Bergen,

 

 CARITAS

Through our four programs- Shelter, Furniture Bank, Works, and The Healing Place - CARITAS provides support, training and material assistance to break the cycle of homelessness and restore stable productive lives.

A10 Engage Contact: Sara Adcock,

 

Church Hill Activities and Tutoring

CHAT is a system of integrated programs that empower aspiring youth to break the cycles of poverty and reach their goals.

A10 Engage Contact: Jessica Ooms

 

Fresh Start For Single Moms

Fresh Start is a faith based 20 week program designed to provide support for single mothers and their children with education, spiritual enrichment, growth, hope for daily living and the future. 

A10 Engage Contact: Nicole Farr

 

Grace & Peace Community Ministries

Grace and Peace Community Ministries focuses on loving and serving families living on Raven St. in Mosby Court. Programs focus on building life skills, connecting people to other partner organizations, resources and showing Christ’s love through fellowship, mentorship, and service.

A10 Engage Contact: Shannon Ontell

 

Hands Up Ministries (HUM)

Hand Up Ministries is providing affordable housing opportunities for Richmond’s under served, with the vision of strengthening families and communities. Additionally, offering programs that provide dignity, self-worth, and increased community self-sustainability.

A10 Engage Contact: Sara Adcock

 

Northside Outreach Center

Northside Outreach Center is a non-denominational organization working to revitalize the Highland Park community spiritually, relationally, and economically through connecting people to needed resources, mentoring and discipleship, and community outreach. 

A10 Engage Contact: Jennifer Obenshain

 

RCLI

Every year, Richmond Christian Leadership Initiative challenges, connects, and commissions 30 emerging Christian leaders, from across RVA to explore our region’s issues through provocative experiences and talented faculty who bring the issues to life and illustrate what it is to act upon the values of Jesus.

A10 Engage Contact: Adrienne Wright

 

United Methodist Family Services

UMFS (United Methodist Family Services) provides a comprehensive network of services to children and families specializing in treatment foster care and adoption, intensive residential treatment and crisis intervention services for adolescents.

A10 Engage Contact: Katherine Leahey

 

World Pediatric Project

World Pediatric Project coordinates surgical and diagnostic care for children in Central America and the Eastern Caribbean by sending out medical mission teams to our partner countries and by bringing children to Richmond for life-saving surgical intervention. We rely on volunteers to assist families with many of the practical and supportive needs they have while undergoing medical treatment.

A10 Engage Contact: Nicole Farr

 

Virginia Saints

Virginia Saints Prison Ministry is a group of men who spend weekends in the spring and summer going into area prisons to engage inmates in softball, sharing the Gospel and personal testimonies and giving inmates a chance to respond to Christ in faith.

A10 Engage Contact: Joaquin Martinez,

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A10


Plug In At Area 10

A10


Plug In At Area 10

As a church we believe that service is a great way to get connected, grow in your faith, and is absolutely invaluable to the church as a whole. It takes over 80 Team Members every Sunday to make church happen. 

We hope you find a place to step into service and experience the church with all it has to offer! Below is an outline of a few ways you can serve both inside and outside the church.

When you're ready to join the team complete one of the forms below.


STAGE 1

Participate with any drive going on in the church. 

Make a one-time financial donation: event, Advent Offering, or drive


STAGE 2

Serve on Frontline: Coffee, Greeter, Communion, Usher, Set Up, Tear-Down,

Hospitality: Frontline / A10 Kids / A10 Students

A10 Kids Support Team: Welcome, AV Tech, Curriculum Prep

Lead a Summer of Fun Event

Experience Team: Video Tech, Lighting Tech, Worship Team


STAGE 3

A10 Kids Classroom and Small Group Leaders

Experience Team: Stage Manager, Producer, Prayer Team

Frontline Team: Welcome Table, Finance, Floater

Facilitate/Lead a small group

Care Team:  Benevolence/Baptism/Meals

Give Financially to our church


STAGE 4

Become an Engage Team Liaison

Experience Team: Lead worship 

Frontline: serve as a coach

Teach an A10U class

Lead a multiply group

Invite and bring friends who are in a different stage of their faith

Give financially more each year. 


The Frontline Team 

Frontline consists of Set-Up, Tear-Down, Greeters, Coffee, Communion and so much more. We offer these positions for anyone who is a part of Area 10 as without these teams Church and the Byrd wouldn't happen. These positions serve on a month on, month off rotating system. It is a great way to meet more people who call A10 their church home, but also provides you with an entry point to exercise your faith!

 


A10 Kids 

A10 Kids is a great opportunity to meet people, teach children and grow in your faith. Like Frontline, these positions serve on a month on month off rotating system. We have positions from Set-Up and Tear-Down to AV Tech's to Welcome Team to a variety of Classroom Teachers. If you love Kids and love serving this is a great fit for you!

A10 Students

Love middle and high schoolers? Want to help them navigate being a teen-ager in an ever changing world and show them how to hold on to their faith in the midst of it? We need youth sponsors to build relationships with our teens as well as worship leaders for our Sunday evening gatherings.


Experience Team

Everything you experience on Sunday morning inside the Byrd Theatre comes together through a collaborative effort of many people. Whether it's the collective work of musicians in the band, the tech crew that runs lighting, sound, and video, or the Stage Manager and Producer that help it all flow together, we rely on the creatives of Area 10 to bring their passion to the Sunday morning gathering.  We also have a team of people that help design and build stage props, and another team that films the videos we use. If you have a creative bone in your body, this is the place for you to plug in.


Meal Team

This is a separate group of people who love cooking or love bringing people food in times of need. Throughout the year we have several opportunities where people need assistance, and one way we show our support is providing meals. This is also for those who are interested in HOSTING an Around the Table community dinner at their home quarterly.