Skipwith United Methodist Church
Thursday, November 15, 2018
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This year we are participating in Operation Christmas Child. Operation Christmas Child is a project of Samaritan’s Purse, an international Christian relief and evangelism organization. Since 1993, Operation Christmas Child has delivered gift-filled shoeboxes to more than 124 million children in more than 150 countries and territories. The boxes and information pamphlets are in the Narthex. Boxes are due November 11.

All it takes is a shoebox, a few gifts and some love!



HEARTH                                                                                                                                                                                                (Henrico Emergency Assistance to Reduce Threat of Homelessness) 

As Skipwith UMC continues to become a more generous congregation, we look for projects that can have a direct impact in our immediate community.  This year we’d like to support HEARTH. 

This project provides food for the Thanksgiving Holiday for families and individuals receiving services through the Henrico Department of Social Services. Faith Communities, community organizations, and individuals prepare food boxes for families and individuals to be distributed for Thanksgiving. These food boxes provide a Thanksgiving meal that many would not be able to have otherwise. PLEASE NOTE: ALL FOOD BOXES SHOULD FEED A FAMILY OF SIX. NO FROZEN OR FRESH TURKEYS AND NO PERISHIBLES PLEASE. GIFT CARD FOR TURKEY OR HAM - about $15-20. 

Please see the list below for needed items.  You may decide to provide a complete box; or you may want to donate items that can be used to make up boxes.  If you’d like to donate items, please leave them in the boxes in the narthex marked Thanksgiving Food Boxes.  If you want to donate a gift card for a turkey, please call the church office at 270-6560.  If you want to donate a complete box, please get it to the church no later than Friday, November 16th 

If you have a source of sturdy boxes, especially ones with lids and/or handles, we would greatly appreciate having them as well.   

Box of instant mashed potatoes  

Gravy mix  

Stuffing mix  

Club crackers  

Corn Muffin mix  

Pancake/Waffle mix, Syrup 

Instant Rice  


Spaghetti, Spaghetti sauce  

Canned chicken broth  

Canned yams  

Canned vegetables

Canned fruit  

Canned cranberry sauce  

Canned pumpkin  

Macaroni & cheese  

Canned soup  

Dinner rolls  

Loaf of bread  

Peanut butter & jelly  

Jell-O or pudding mix  


Brownie mix  

Hot chocolate mix

Canned Beans


Register Now for the District Conference and Leadership Training Event - Registration Deadline is December 7

Do you find yourself and your church in an anxious place, not knowing what is coming or how you will be able to cope? If your answer is yes, we hope you will come and be a part of this great event. Susan Beaumont will share with us how to manage anxious times, or liminal seasons, and ow it can be redefining in many ways. In this liminal season, there is work to be done. What does that work look like and What is God calling us to do or become?

Please email the church at or call the church at 270-6560 if you are interested in attending. 




Skipwith will kick-off the Angel Tree program on Sunday, November 18, with wrapped gifts due on December 9. More details to follow.


NOVEMBER 28, DECEMBER 5, 12 & 19


Let the sleigh bells ring. Let the carolers sing. The more Santa’s the merrier. The more trees the better.


He loves it because somewhere someone will ask the Christmas questions: What s the big deal about the baby in the manger? Who was he? What does his birth have to do with me?

And the answers he’s found give us all hope. God knows what it’s like to be a human. When we talk to him about deadlines or long lines or tough times, he understands. He s been there. He s been here. Because of Bethlehem, we have a friend in heaven.

And Christmas begins what Easter celebrates. The child in the cradle became the King on the cross. Because of Bethlehem, we have a Savior in heaven.

These are the heart shaping promises of Christmas. Long after the guests have left and the carolers have gone home and the lights have come down, these promises endure.

Lets turn on the lamp, curl up in a comfortable spot, and look into the odd, wonderful story of Bethlehem.

Max Lucado has found a lifetime of hope. We will too.

Look for the sign-up sheets and plan now to be part of the journey. Books are $13 each. 



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Each year as December rolls around, one of the first reminders that Christmastime is upon us is the music that fills the air! We can’t help but join in as we sing songs of the season – songs that inspire the joy and spirit of Christmas, songs that will lead us in worship of the King – giving voice to the wonder surrounding the story of the birth of Christ.     

On Sunday, December 23 at 11:00 AM, the Skipwith Choir will lead the congregation in a time of great rejoicing with the presentation of Here We Come a’Caroling.  We will gather together to sing the songs of the season, giving voice to the wonder surrounding the story of the birth of Christ.  Here We Come a Caroling is both festive and worshipful, designed especially for choir and congregational singing.  

Some songs take us back to the simple joys of childhood, others share the timeless truths of that first Christmas night.  Here We Come a’Caroling introduces inspiring new songs, with popular Christian songs of the season.  And of course, with a title like Here We Come a Caroling, you just know there’s going to be plenty of opportunity to sing along with some of your favorite carols!  Come and join us in this joyous celebration!