As the UVA semester draws to a close today, members of UBC have been ministering to UVA students and staff. Over the last ten days, 241 students made use of our building for “A Quiet Place to Study.” Forty of our church members served as hosts (some taking multiple shifts) while ten members brought baked goods for the students.
Also, members of our young adult group baked cookies and brownies last Saturday. Will Brown delivered them yesterday to the children’s hospital across the street and left them in the staff lounges with this note: “Thank you for all the great work you do! Happy Monday! ~ from your neighbors at University Baptist Church.”
Our hope is to do this monthly, expanding to all four floors of the children’s hospital (and potentially also to the outpatient surgery floors of the Battle Building). If you’re interested in providing baked goods for this ministry, please contact Will Brown at (293-5106).
Finally, yesterday, I joined Rev. Deborah Lewis, campus minister of UVA’s Wesleyan Foundation, in handing out 22 cups of Starbucks coffee to students and wished them the best as they finish their exams and prepare to go home.
These are some ways we are trying to bring Christmas to UVA.
May you and yours have a very merry and blessed Christmas as well!