Missions: Close to Home
Missions, for us, is about reaching beyond our community and loving our world. Find out more about how we support local, regional and international missions, and our annual Mission Conference.
WRPC provides bags of groceries on Fridays between 10:00 am and noon for area residents in need.
Since 1977, WRPC has served our hungry neighbors in the name of Jesus Christ. More than 60 volunteers serve in various capacities, including taking inventory and ordering food, picking up and delivering groceries from the grocery store and Second Harvest Food Bank of Northeast Tennessee, filling grocery bags, and picking up and repackaging “Day-End Dough-Nations” from Panera Bread, greeting and registering guests and giving out bags of groceries. In addition, prayer requests are recorded and shared with the WRPC Shepherds.
The Blessing Box, or “little pantry,” contains easily prepared food items, hygiene items, small toys and other items that a person in need can pick up for free any day, any time. And when the box is empty, it is refilled by community members who have the means to give.
The box is located at 1401 Prospect Drive, outside a house the church owns. It’s available 24/7 and convenient for those who can’t accommodate the limited hours of some food pantries. Anyone from the community is welcome to drop off items in the box anytime. If the box is full, items can be brought into the main office of the church during daytime hours.
Those who are interested in receiving or building a blessing box can contact the church at (423) 247-5121.
SMILE (Simple Methods in Loving Everyone)
Smile is a clothing “closet” designed to meet the immediate material needs of foster children. Many times, kids come into care with their few items in trash bags. They may or may not have proper clothing, shoes, etc. It can take months for foster parents to get an allotment from the State for their needs. Additionally, many times foster families send what they collect for their foster kids with them when they are reunified with their biological families and start over every time they get a call. Imagine needing an entire wardrobe for any size child at a moment’s notice. You can help! Smile Clothes Closet is located in the basement of WRPC’s Prospect House. Call (423) 491-5891 to donate or inquire about items needed.
Family Promise of Greater Kingsport
WRPC works with Family Promise (formerly Interfaith Hospitality Network) as part of a coalition of churches to provide temporary housing, meals and mentoring to homeless families with children.
Since the beginning of this ministry WRPC has used its facilities to shelter, feed and love families who are without housing. Several times a year, we turn our fellowship hall into living quarters for the Family Promise families, with volunteers hosting and providing meals for our guests.
Meals on Wheels - Kingsport
Meals on Wheels provides hot, nutritious meals and a friendly face to isolated, incapacitated seniors and other homebound citizens. We welcome Meals on Wheels volunteers to use our kitchen to prepare meals daily. Many of our members serve in various volunteer capacities, including meal preparation and delivery.
WRPC After School Program
WRPC provides a Christian environment for kindergarten through eighth grade students following their school day. Students that participate in this weekly gathering are led in activities to help others, such as working in the Community Garden of Hope, building garden boxes at St. Dominic Catholic Church and putting together items for the needy or homeless (such as creating "birthday boxes" for the children of guests that visit the WRPC Food Pantry). Homework help is provided to the children when needed.
Waverly Road Child Care Center
The Waverly Road Child Care Center provides safe and nurturing care for children age 6 weeks to 5 years old. The Center has been operating in our church building since 1952. We provide the space and utilities, scholarship assistance, Bible teaching and various supplies. WRCCC is a Tennessee 3-Star rated center (highest possible).
Boy Scout Troop 255
Troop 255 was chartered in 1954 and has met at WRPC since their beginning. Troop 255 is currently inactive at this time.
Cora Cox Academy
Cora Cox Academy is a Kingsport City Schools alternative learning program for middle and high school students who are unable to attend their regular school for a variety of reasons. Cora Cox Academy generally has between 30-40 students, both male and female. These students benefit from supportive and positive adult interactions, and our church has provided a variety of support for Cora Cox Academy. Julie Malone is the Director of Alternative Learning for Kingsport City Schools and has been our primary point of contact.
This is our second school year of partnership with Cora Cox Academy and our involvement with the program has expanded as Mrs. Malone has added new opportunities. The Circle of the Word provides small birthday treats for the students, occasional lunches and recently collected snacks to be used during and after school. Mrs. Malone has implemented a dress code for the students and we have supplied clothing for students that do not have the resources to purchase their own clothing. Rev. Joshua Russell was able to get Lowe’s to donate picnic tables that are used when the weather is nice. A church member has also donated a picnic table for that purpose.
The students have supported our ministries as well. They work in our Food Pantry to help bag groceries. They also helped load items for transport to Sevier County after the fires last year. The students have been enthusiastic about helping and this teaches them ways to give back to their community.
Kingsport City Schools Homeless Education Program and Family Resource Center
WRPC provides financial assistance for the purchase of food for students who have been identified as homeless by Kingsport City Schools. Donations help provide a Thanksgiving meal in November and a box of food while school is out of session during the Winter Break.
Each year in the fall, WRPC partners with WQCR-FM 88.3 and Second Harvest Food Bank of Northeast Tennessee to offer Thanksgiving meals to families in need. Financial support from WRPC purchases food that is added to school food drives, then boxed and delivered to students and their families for use over the Winter Break. This program was developed by Kingsport City Schools to help make sure students have food at home when school is out of session, as those students often receive much of their nutrition from meals served at school.
Second Harvest Food Bank of Northeast Tennessee Food for Kids Backpack Program
WRPC’s partnership with Second Harvest Food Bank of Northeast Tennessee helps to feed hungry children by providing financial assistance to the Food for Kids Backpack Program. Twice each month during the school year, bags of food are sent home on Friday with identified Kingsport City School students to eat over the weekend.
Kindermusik’s purpose is to instill a lifelong love of music and a foundation for learning in children. Our church hosts this music and movement program and provides scholarship money for students in need.
Trunk-or-Treat is a mission where we get to spend face to face time with our community every October. We serve a meal, play games and have a good time getting to know our neighbors! WRPC provides hotdogs and chips, Volunteers make chili and help serve a meal. Congregation members decorate their trunks with fun and crazy themes and have games and candy for the children. Each trunk has an allergy friendly non- food option so no child misses out on the fun!
The Oasis of Kingsport
The Oasis of Kingsport is a day center where all women can find peace, safety, happiness and empowerment in the midst of trouble, difficult times, or in desperate situations. WRPC has financially supported this center, which ministers to low-income and/or homeless women by providing a safe place for them to gather, do laundry, take classes, study the Bible, etc.
Holston Habitat for Humanity Faith Build
Holston Habitat for Humanity is part of a global, non-profit housing organization operated on Christian principles that seeks to put God’s love into action by building homes, communities and hope. HHH seeks to share the love of Christ by creating partnerships with communities, families and volunteers to improve the quality of life for families in need by providing simple, affordable, and decent housing and opportunities for home ownership.
We partnered with HHH and eight other churches in Kingsport to build a house for a Kingsport family in 2017. We will participate again on another house in the 2018 Faith Build.