Duncan Memorial has a long tradition of active service in missions in our own community and around the world. Teams from this congregation have served in missions in Ukraine, the Philippines, and Mexico. Locally, Duncan Memorial members volunteer with West Hanover Wood Ministry, Habitat for Humanity, Ashland Christian Emergency Services (A.C.E.S.), and Circles Ashland, to name just a few. Come put your faith into action here.

Ashland Christian Emergency Services (A.C.E.S.)

A.C.E.S. is an all volunteer non-profit organization that was founded in 1950 and is supported by community groups, scouts, churches, schools and individuals. Their mission is to serve and address the unmet needs of the less fortunate in our community. They provide household items, food, clothing and limited financial aid. In addition, A.C.E.S. provides some transient aid and has limited medical equipment available.

A.C.E.S. is located at 507 B Caroline St. in Ashland. Congregation members are involved through their work during hours of operation, donating usable items and monetary donations. This non-profit organization receives no federal, state or local funding and exists solely as the result of donations received, either material or monetary. Please consider how you might be involved in this ministry. You may call them Monday, Wednesday or Friday from 8:30 -11:30 AM at 798-2784.

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Circles Ashland

Developed and launched by Duncan Memorial United Methodist Church in 2016, Circles Ashland, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) Virginia nonprofit corporation with the mission to inspire, inform and equip individuals, families and community to resolve poverty and thrive.
The focus area is Ashland, Virginia – a seven square mile town of 7,503 located on the I-95 corridor 15 miles north of Richmond where the issue of deep poverty resides among nearly 15% of Ashland’s population; about 1,100 children and families.
Circles Ashland is the first Virginia chapter of Circles USA, a national organization that is committed to resolving poverty in the U.S. and Canada. It provides resources and supports for independent organizations wanting to establish its highly regarded and proven model in their communities. Currently, Circles is active in 12 major cities and 59 counties across America, with expansion plans to reach ten percent of major cities and ten percent of all counties in the US.
Circles employs a unique, two-pronged approach. For two years or more, it provides life skills training, individual coaching, peer support, leadership development, links to employment, children’s programming, and more to selected low-wage earners who are highly motivated to climb out of poverty. Concurrently, Circles works with community members and organization to recognize and address systemic barriers to self-sufficiency, such as livable wage jobs; accessible, affordable, reliable transportation; affordable housing; resolution of Cliff Effects, etc.
For more information, contact Circles Ashland at info@circlesashland-va.org or phone 804-496-1212.

Prison Ministry

In conjunction with Gospel Jail Ministry, Duncan Memorial ministers to the inmates at Pamunkey Regional Jail, particularly at Christmastime. Recognizing that Christmas is a lonely time for those who are incarcerated, members of Duncan Memorial bake dozens of cookies for the inmates.

Through a companion program, members of the church buy clothing and toys for the children of those inmates and assure their delivery in time for Christmas. The Chancel Choir visits the jail during this season to bring the inmates joy in song.

During the year efforts are made to help Gospel Jail Ministry through support of their fundraising concerts as well as our own sales of items during Strawberry Faire.

Each year, our Manna Band visits Greensville Correctional Center, a medium security men’s facility located in Jarrett, VA.  Over time our band has built meaningful relationships with their praise band by combining to lead the inmates in worship. Anyone over age 18 is welcome to go with us.  For information about visiting GCC, contact Atticus Finn at 804-798-7224 or atticus.finn@duncanmemorialumc.org.

For more information, contact Gospel Jail Ministry at 804-261-1810.

Society of St. Andrew

Duncan Memorial has a longstanding relationship with the Society of St. Andrew, a Virginia based program to provide food for the hungry in the U.S. and around the world. Gleaners from the Society’s Harvest of Hope program spend a week at the church each summer as they pick and preserve fresh produce in local fields for soup kitchens and other missions. Check out the gallery of the Potato Drop!

We also participate in local gleaning efforts when called on, usually with short notice. We have picked apples, tomatoes, turnips and corn. There are also times when we work at the Hanover Cannery to process vegetables and fruits that have been gleaned.

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International Outreach

We are proud to serve on international missionary trips to help break the cycle of poverty and assist those in need. Previous trips include the Ukraine, the Phillippines and Mexico.  Please visit the gallery of our 2015 trip to Guatemala!

Stop Hunger Now!

STOP HUNGER NOW offers opportunities for large groups and wide range of ages to work together packaging meals in bags for delivery to locations where hunger is a major concern. We’ve had participants ranging in age from 4 years to 90 +.

Stop Hunger Now is driven by the vision of a world without hunger. Our mission is to end hunger in our lifetime by providing food and life-changing aid to the world’s most vulnerable and creating a global commitment to mobilize the necessary resources.

Since the organization’s founding in 1998, it has provided over 225 million meals in 73 countries. This year, Stop Hunger Now will package 45 million meals, and ship over $9 million in donated aid, mainly vitamins and medical supplies.  http://www.stophungernow.org/