Our Red Door Ministries
We are known to many of our Friday guests as the “Red Door Church” hence the name for our Friday ministries. They include our Soup Kitchen, clothes closet, prescription assistance program, and a worship service of prayers and laying on of hands for healing. Read below to learn more about these ministries. If you are a VCU student and want to volunteer or inquire about a group volunteering please contact Jordan Cooke. Others please contact Molly Howle.
Brunswick Stew and Cornbread Mix Now on Sale
What’s not to love?! Hot and delicious Brunswick stew and cornbread for a cold winter evening. All proceeds benefit our mission work in Belize and our Red Door Ministry here in Richmond. The stew is $10.00/quart, and the cornbread mix is $5.00/bag. You must pick up your purchase on Sunday, February 5, 2017. We do not mail or deliver these items. Click here to purchase.
If you are concerned about the people displaced by the recent closing of Monroe Park we encourage you to be in contact with the two agencies working to find them alternate shelter: Homeward and Commonwealth Catholic Charities. Read below about our services through our Red Door Ministries.
Information for Soup Kitchen Volunteers:
- If you are an individual who would like to volunteer on a single Friday lunch service you are free to drop in at the following times: 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 am Meal Prep and Dining Room Set up or 12:30 – 2:00 p.m. Meal Service and Clean up.
- If you are an individual who needs community service hours please contact The Rev. Kimberly Reinholz to make arrangements for regular volunteer hours.
- If you are a leader of a VCU student organization please contact Jordan Cooke. We run a relatively small kitchen and do not like to overwhelm our guests with volunteers “waiting for something to do”. If you have a group of 6 or more individuals we ask that you come in smaller groups because of our space restrictions. We ask that you do not just “show up” if you are part of a group or community organization but make arrangements with us so that there is enough work for you and all your members to do.
- If you are a musician who would like to sign up to play live music for our guests, please sign up here.
For more information and to volunteer contact Molly Howle.
Hospitality is a two-way street
And yet, these very different groups greet one another with smiles. For those serving, it may be a challenge to see the face of God’s beloved initially, and their smiles and welcomes may be hard to muster. Such awkwardness is short-lived. For those being served, those smiles and welcomes may be strange and received with skepticism because these may be the only gracious greetings they ever receive. Such skepticism is difficult to overcome, but with time it fades, and new smiles show a growing trust and sense of safety. This two-way hospitality is what separates the Soup Kitchen at GHTC from so many other places. We hear it over and over again – “you’re nice to us.” We experience it over and over again – gratitude and warmth and friendship.
Maybe you have time to enter into these interactions and do this work some Fridays. We’d love to have you join us to welcome and serve our friends and neighbors, and you may well love the welcome our “guests” offer you to be a small part of their lives.