Tappahannock Methodist
We seek to be the disciples of Christ, welcoming all as we nurture and support one another through service and outreach.
Prayer Shawl Ministry

Prayer Shawl Ministry is a worldwide ministry movement of small groups who gather to pray and create shawls for people facing life changing events – not only those burdened with illness and sorrow but joyous occasions, such as the birth of a child or a marriage. The purpose is to provide comfort and warmth beyond what the materials alone of the garment would be able to provide. They are prepared in a spiritual environment creating a prayerful relationship between the creator and the recipient.

Shawls – made for centuries universal and embracing, symbolic of an inclusive, unconditionally loving, God. They wrap, enfold, comfort, cover, give solace, mother, hug, shelter and beautify. Each shawl is created prayerfully, intentionally, and with love.

The group at Tappahannock Memorial UMC started January 10, 2007, and are fondly called “The Knit Wits”, as most of the Prayer Shawls are knitted and the group has a lot of fun while knitting. There are both men and women prayerfully making shawls for others.

Remote Area Medical

Remote Area Medical [RAM], is run by the RAM Foundation ram@ramusa.org. This was started by Stan Brock and the goal is to “provide genuine humanitarian outreach the world over”.

The outreach project of RAM that TMUMC has been involved with happens in Wise County, VA in July every year. This is a free clinic offering a wide array of medical services to people, many of whom are living at or below the poverty level. All services are offered free of charge by volunteers who donate their expertise, skills, time and cover their own expenses for the weekend.

The 2013 RAM event had the following statistics:
Total Patients Registered 2,292
Percentage of Children 2.2%
Total Value of Care $2,285,968.00
Total # of Volunteers 1,396
This outreach mission was originally introduced to TMUMC through the Beta Lambda chapter of VA Alpha Delta Kappa in 2005. Two church members, Louisa Hammond and Diane Carter, attended that year and each year since then. In 2013, Joe and Pat Johnson of TMUMC attended as volunteers. Joe helped out as assigned and Pat, a nurse, worked in patient triage.

Volunteers from our church that participate are now sponsored by the VA Breast Cancer Foundation. This group provides education classes on various types of cancers, their signs and symptoms as well as information on where free or low cost medical services can be obtained in the local area. In the last few years, classes have been added on diabetes, tobacco cessation and male cancers. This group is composed of cancer survivors, friends and family of those affected by cancer and medical personnel.

This incredible event has been covered by many national networks and was this year featured on Nightline.

Being a part of this experience is very humbling and there is never any doubt that God's hand is guiding each of us throughout the weekend and beyond.

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Sunday Worship: 9:00 am & 11:00 am • Sunday School: 10:00 am • Office hours 8:00 am to 1:00 pm Monday to Friday
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