Women of Worship Outreach Ministries continues to expand services to the less fortunate
|Above, from left, Women of Worship Outreach Ministries founder Andrea R. Bagby-Robinson of Church View, a homeless person, and outreach member Mary Bagby of Church View feed the homeless in Richmond.|
On June 6, 2015, a Middlesex County resident’s life changed in an instant.
Andrea R. Bagby-Robinson and her family were involved in a terrible car accident. A week later Andrea’s close friend was diagnosed with a terminal illness.
Through all the miracles and prayers in Andrea’s life, Andrea prayed and asked God, “Being as though you have blessed us, what can I do to be a blessing to others and to give back to the community and people that are in need?”
In September of 2015, Women of Worship Outreach Ministries was founded. This ministry has a women’s empowerment group that meets every Tuesday at Second Mt. Olive Baptist Church in King and Queen County at 7 p.m. The series the group is currently studying is titled “The Storm Inside.”
The ministry also has a homeless ministry where members go to Monroe Park in Richmond and to a location on Nine Mile Road and distribute hot meals and clothing for the less fortunate. “The Women of Worship are blessed to be able to feed the homeless at least once a month,” said Bagby-Robinson.
In March 2016 the Women of Worship sponsored a Blessing Bag Drive. Members collected personal hygiene and non-perishable items to pack over 200 bags. The group also has a Nursing Home Ministry that convenes on Sundays at Dockside Health and Rehabilitation Center in Locust Hill. “We have a church service with the residents of the facility. We also pass out snacks and devotions to all residents,” said Bagby-Robinson.
Last week Bagby-Robinson, who is the founder of Women of Worship Outreach Ministry, partnered with The Cancer Care Foundation. “Once a week I will be providing lunch and emotional support to the patients at various VA oncology facilities,” she said.
The mission and goal of Women of Worship Outreach Ministry is to encourage and uplift people of all ages and all ethnic backgrounds.
For dedicated community service, Bagby-Robinson was recently presented an Award of Achievement from President Barack Obama for being a blessing to others within the community. “If I can help someone along the way, then my life is not being lived in vain. This is all for the glory of God,” said Bagby-Robinson.
The Outreach Ministry is accepting monetary donations, non-perishable food items, and personal hygiene items. It is also accepting new and slightly used clothing for the group’s Homeless Ministry.
For more information, contact Andrea Bagby-Robinson, 2649 Wares Bridge Road, Church View, VA 23032; phone 824-7235 or 758-4419; email Bagbygirl35@ gmail.com.