Giving Back with Gratitude 
Give yourself entirely to those around you. Be generous with your blessings. A kind gesture can reach a wound that only compassion can heal.” — Steve Maraboli

Do you remember a time when someone helped you, stood by your side, or went out of their way on your behalf?  During this holiday season share small acts of kindness by giving back to others and take time to be thankful for your blessings.   Here are some activities the Gathering at Scott Memorial is participating in during the holiday season.

Consider picking 1 or 2 activities to participate in with your family & friends. 

Giving back can make a difference in the life of another while nourishing your spirit well past the holiday season. 


NOV 1 – NOV 30

Women’s Hygiene Products for PIN Ministries.

Through the month of November we will be collecting Women’s hygiene products for PIN Ministries.  Please bring donations to church office any Sunday in November.  For more info contact Marta Gray.


NOV 12 – DEC 15


Cooke Elementary School Holiday Connection

The Gathering at Scott Memorial partners with W.T. Cooke Elementary School.   The Angel Tree reaches out to students and their families who are in need during the holiday season.  Please choose a tag from the Angel tree and return the tag  attached to the UNWRAPPED gift to the church no later than FRIDAY, DEC. 15.  All gifts will be wrapped at the Scott’s Sisters Christmas Party on Sunday, Dec. 19.

For more info contact Robby Rockey.




99 for the 1 Community Thanksgiving Dinner

 10 am –  6 pm   
409 First Colonial Rd.

99 for the 1 will be sponsoring a Community Thanksgiving Dinner open to anyone who does not have a Thanksgiving Dinner to attend. We are looking for 6 TG@SMUMC volunteers to help run the event at different shifts: 10 am – 1 pm (set-up and serve), 12 pm – 4 pm (serve), and 2 pm – 6 pm (clean-up & pack-up meals to be distributed to the community). We are also looking for those who can make, purchase, and drop-off desserts for the event.




Meals on Wheels

9:20 am – 11 am

3750 Sentara Way

Looking for volunteers to deliver meals.  Pick-up location is the Sentara Nursing Home off of Rosemont Rd. in Va. Beach at 9:20 am. Meal delivery takes approximately 1 1/2 hours.
DEC  1 – DEC  25

Mittens for Love

409 First Colonial Rd.

Mittens for Love is an ongoing project through the month of December.  We will collect gloves, mittens, hats, and scarves to be given to the homeless at PIN Ministries and the JCOC.  We will also place the gloves/ hats on the trees and around the church property for the homeless. 

For more info, contact Allie Sharp.


Help Portrait

8 am –  12 noon 

409 First Colonial Rd.
Join the Scott’s Sisters  as they serve with the mission project 
Help Portrait. We will be doing hair, makeup, and styling for low-income families and persons experiencing homelessness so that they have printed Christmas photos to send to loved ones this year. We looking for donations of mirrors & hangers.  We are in need volunteers in the following areas:
  • Finger foods
  • Hair/ Make-up
  • Help in stations
  • Set-up (night before)
  • Clean-up
  • Registration
  • Kitchen help
  • Hosts for the event
  • Run computer/ print photos
For more info contact Monica Martin.




Feed the hungry at

PIN Ministries

6:45 am – 9 am 
503 15th St. Va. Beach

PIN Ministry exists to provide food, clothing, shelter, and free medical care for people that are either homeless or extremely poor in Virginia Beach. We are on board for to cook & serve breakfast to roughly 50 -80 people.

We need 6-10 volunteers to help. Arrive at 6:45 AM to set-up, 7 am -8 am cook, 8 am -8:45 serve. Clean up – 8:45 am -9 am. For more info contact Marta Gray


The Restaurant 
2 pm – 9 pm 
409 First Colonial Rd. 

99 for the 1 is hosting a Restaurant Night for the homeless. Local chefs and volunteer wait staff will serve a four-course meal in the elegance of Chez Curry Hall to homeless guests in an effort to lift their spirits and make them feel special during the holidays.

We are looking for 5 volunteer waitstaff (experience a plus), 2 people to host, and 5 people to work back of the house to help the chefs. For more info contact Robby

Feed the Hungry @

the Judeo-Christian

Outreach Center 


4 pm  –  6 pm     

1053 Va. Beach Blvd

Feeding the Hungry at the Judeo-Christian Outreach Center

We are looking for a team of 6 people will go to the JCOC from 4:00 pm  – 6:30 pm  and feed the homeless. 




The Longest Night


Memorial Vigil 

7 pm   
825 18th St., Va. Beach

The National Homeless Memorial Day Vigil takes place at the Volunteers of America Lighthouse Center (parking lot) on the longest night of the year to remember those who have died, and also to honor persons who are still facing the challenges of homelessness every day



Feed the Hungry @

the Judeo-Christian

Outreach Center 

3 pm  –  5 pm   
1053 Va. Beach Blvd

Feeding the Hungry at the Judeo-Christian Outreach Center 

We are looking for a team of 6 people will go to the JCOC from 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm and feed the homeless.


Clothing Locker

 5:30 pm – 7 pm
409 First Colonial Rd.

Our clothing locker ministry is located on the 2nd floor of the church and is open from 5:30 pm -7pm every Wednesday. 

The Clothing Closet is looking for volunteers:

  • Tuesdays – sort and setup
  • Wednesday – open locker
  • Thursday – clean up

Please contact Crystal Perez-Miller if you would like to volunteer. 

We are also in current need of undergarments for men, women, and children.

  Donations can be brought to church on Sunday & dropped off in the church office.



Fresh Food Wednesdays

5:30 pm – 7 pm 
409 First Colonial Rd.
Join others as we provide those in need with Fresh food in the Curry Fellowship Hall. We need volunteers to serve on a Wednesday Evening for 2 hours as a Volunteer Attendant.  When our guests arrive, each volunteer will take our guest around and help them pick out their food. We need Volunteers from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. each Wednesday.


Food Pantry

 11 am – 12:30 pm 
409 First Colonial Rd.
The Gathering at Scott Memorial opens a food pantry to serve those in our community on the

2nd & 3rd Tuesdays of the month from 11:00 am to 12:30 pm.


For more info contact the

church office, 428-3720.  We are looking for volunteers who can serve as food pantry attendants and volunteers to help organize and keep inventory of the food pantry and it’s changing seasonal needs.