Serve the World

Sterling United Methodist Church is active in mission and service, not just in our local community, but throughout the United States and around the world.  

Mission Trips

Each year, our church sends out volunteers to serve in mission ministries throughout the Eastern United States and abroad. Our teams build new homes with Habitat for Humanity, repair existing homes, pack relief supplies, visit orphanages, share the Gospel, and most of all endeavor to share the love of God, which we have experienced, with the people we encounter. It is a great time of building memories and friendships within our missions teams and learning practical and spiritual life skills. To learn more about upcoming mission trip opportunities, click here.

Individual Missionaries

Sterling United Methodist Church is excited to send out members of our congregation of all ages who want to be available to be used by God to connect others to Him.  Short-term missions is one way to step out of your own comfort zone and dare to be something more than you can be on your own.  You will be challenged, you will grow, and you will make a measurable difference in someone else’s life – whether it is here in our own community, in another state here in the USA, or in another country.

In 2013, our congregation supported missionary volunteers to Costa Rica, the Czech Republic, Austria, and Virginia.  In 2014 and 2015 we supported missionaries to the rural Appalachian region of Kentucky.  In 2016, volunteers from our congregation went on mission to the Czech Republic; Bennettsville, SC; Red Bird KY; and Sager Brown, LA; and our Youth Choir went on a mission tour of the Northeast United States, sharing their musical talents and God’s love. Click here to see where you might decide to go on mission in 2017.

Missions is a great opportunity for families, youth, young adults, and seniors.  Whatever your age or situation, consider exploring short- or long-term mission opportunities with Sterling United Methodist Church.  For more information, contact the church office at  or 703-430-6455.

Early Response Team

In order to fulfill a desire to respond quickly and effectively in times of disaster, the United Methodist Church has established Early Response Teams (ERTs).  ERTs are specially trained by the United Methodist Volunteers in Mission (UMVIM) and the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) to offer a Christian presence to those who have experienced disasters.

Our Early Response Team (ERT) is trained, equipped and ready to respond quickly after disasters in our own community or within 500 miles of Sterling.   We have served after Tornadoes in Georgia, Hurricane Sandy in Maryland, and the Derecho storm here in our own community.

If you are interested in receiving training to join our ERT, please contact the church office at  or 703-430-6455.

UMCOR Relief Kits

As United Methodists, we support the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) as they care for communities throughout the world that have undergone both human and natural disasters. We gather together kits for Annual Conference to be sent throughout the world. In addition, we send a mission team to the UMCOR Sager Brown warehouse in Louisiana each summer to package the relief supplies for distribution.

For instructions on how to prepare kits, please click here.

Samaritan’s Purse

Each October/November we support Samaritan’s Purse’s “Operation Christmas Child” program, which gives Christmas blessings to children around the world.

Pick up a shoe box and an instruction label in the church narthex.  Fill it with small gifts for a boy or a girl, and return it to the church.  It’s a simple way to make a big difference to a child in another country!  Samaritan’s Purse shoe boxes will be available between mid-October and mid-November.  The boxes are shipped world-wide in time for Christmas.

United Methodist Women’s Mission Projects

Our United Methodist Women (UMW) are active in missions both locally and globally.  Mission service is a central tenet of the UMW, and our women have claimed this mission joyfully.  To find out more about what our women are doing in mission, please click here.

Collection Center

In our collection center we support many different causes.  Please bring the following items to the collection center (located across from the church office in the lobby):

  • Used Postage Stamps
  • Labels for Education Labels
  • Used Eyeglasses
  • Campbell Soup Labels
  • Box Tops for Education
  • Unopened Hygiene Items
  • Calendars (Current or future year)

Sterling United Methodist Church

Iglesia Metodista Unida de Sterling

304 East Church Road, Sterling VA 20164

Phone: 703-430-6455 Fax: 703-430-0753