The families and children of New Hope are actively involved in our mission work. Whether packing sandwiches for the local shelter, volunteering at the Interfaith Clothes Closet, or looking at new ways to engage our neighborhood, New Hope believes that our hearts and our hands must work together in being the body of Christ in the world.
We regularly collect food and funds for Olney Help, the local food pantry. We also have an annual school supply drive, and provide over thirty filled backpacks to social workers at Montgomery County Child Welfare Services for distribution to local children in need. Other supplies are given directly to families and elementary schools in our community where the need is great as each new school year approaches.
Our annual Tree of Stars project is another way that every member of our congregation participates. We decorate a Christmas tree with stars, each listing a gift for someone on our long list of recipients. The wrapped gifts are returned to the church on the Sunday before Christmas, when they are presented by the children and blessed during our worship service. What a sight to behold as they are brought, one by one, to the front of the sanctuary. It is a true testament to the power of the Advent season.
Our numerous local projects also include partnership with: Interfaith Works of Montgomery County, Montgomery County Coalition for the Homeless, Olney Help food pantry, Habitat for Humanity of Montgomery County, Adopt-a-Social Worker program, Children’s Defense Fund, and Washington Youth Foundation. We provide financial and volunteer support to these organizations and their many programs that benefit the less fortunate in our communities.