Mission and Outreach 

Breakfast Outside The Castle
On the second Saturday of each month Oaklette is encouraging
you and your friends to gather for a 'social breakfast' at restaurants to be announced
 at 9:00 AM! This is an opportunity for the good folk of Oaklette to
"get outside of the castle" and into the neighborhood that we are a part of.
No reservations are necessary! Just show up and eat breakfast (or a snack).
Breakfast is on you. Debbie Rippard will be there to greet you at 9:00 AM.
Check with the Church Office, the Weekly Oakletter or the Newsletter for the location
 
  
RISE AGAINST HUNGER
We filled bags and boxed 14,000 meals for RISE AGAINST HUNGER on Saturday,
September 30, 2017. We started around 9:15 and we set a new time record for this
project by completing in approximately one and hours.
A BIG THANK TO THE 58 PEOPLE WHO WORKED SO HARD
AND TO ALL THOSE WHO GAVE TO SUPPORT THIS
ANNUAL MISSION PROJECT OF OUR CHURCH !!!!!
 
 
Food Pantry 
The Food Pantry is opened on Monday and Thursday mornings from 10:00 AM to 12:00 Noon. It is limited for each household to no more than one time each month and no more than six times per year. It is limited to those who reside in the following zip codes: 23320, 23324, 23325, 23523 and 23464.
 
 
CAP (Community Assistance Program) TRANSITIONS
 
At the January 6, 2014 Church Council Meeting the council voted to change the definition of the Community Assistance Program (CAP Ministry) from assisting people with utility bills and rent to transition to providing interactive mission opportunities and other community endeavors. 
 
A committee was formed; Arte Jones, Carole Carter, Dr. Tim and Debbie Rippard met and have 3 projects for 2014: 1) a Community Dinner (one-time free meal targeted for the summer) for the neighborhood including families we serve through the Food Pantry; 2) to increase the amount of free food we serve at Trunk-O-Treat (i.e.: hot dogs, hamburgers (not candy); and 3) Thanksgiving Food Baskets. The Saturday Night Family Movies (Back Yard Cinema) became a part of this program in 2015 and is its third year and is being held year round.
 
 
NEST (Norfolk Emergency Shelter Team)
NEST (Norfolk Emergency Shelter Team) is a ministry to the homeless of Norfolk during the winter months, usually in January. Oaklette is one of the many churches that open their doors to provide this shelter. We feed these people breakfast and dinner and provide them with a bag of snacks for each day. We also provide a small kit of toiletry items and they sleep in the warmth of our Fellowship Hall. We give them the opportunity to play games, read books and magazines and converse with our volunteers. 
 
We hosted our 22nd year of N.E.S.T the week of January 13th through January 20th. We were able to fill all of the slots for volunteers. The meals for each breakfast and dinner meal were prepared by volunteer circles, churches, U.S. Coast Guard and others. We appreciate all of the help that the program had and we are looking forward to our 22nd years in 2016.
 
 
Foreign Missions
Oaklette United Methodist Church financially supports, through the United Methodist Church General Board of Global Ministries, Clara Mridula Biswas in her work as a missionary in Cambodia.

 
 
Other Mission Opportunities:
The following are other mission opportunities that our church also supports:

Community Mission Opportunities:

The following are other groups that use our church facilities for their programs;