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Serving the Community

For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”

Mark 10:45

Serving New Generation

Mars Hill is a ministry to the homeless and less fortunate in downtown Fredericksburg. Mars Hill was founded by John and Lonnie Reid as a part of their New Generation Church. Mars Hill provides a hot meal and a church service. For many of these, this is their only church. New Generation Homeless Ministry also provides clothing, other basic necessities and specific financial needs, as they are able. Local Churches partners with Mars Hill on a monthly basis by providing and serving a hot meals every Sunday. Mars Hill also collects and distributes clothing and other items, such as blankets, sleeping bags, coats, etc., as they are donated. The most important thing we do is show the love of Jesus to people, many of whom would not attend a typical church service, and would probably never hear or see the ministry and Gospel of Jesus Christ in any other way.

Good News Club at Hartwood Elementary School

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Good News Club® is a FREE and exciting, fun-filled weekly club for kids.

Dynamic Bible Lessons

Creative Learning Activities

Inspiring Missionary Stories

Meaningful Fun Songs

Life-Changing Scripture Memory


Who teaches the club?

Specially trained Christians who are concerned for the spiritual well-being of your child teach the club. All club workers are screened as required by CEF’s Child Protection Policy to ensure your child’s safety.


Please check out CEF's Website for more information

If you have any question or for additional information please contact

Associate Pastor Richard Lavoie at

Your child will learn:

  • Respect for Authority

  • Character Qualities

  • Moral Values

  • Biblical Principles

The Homeless Shelter

The Brisben Center is a safe, secure, and supportive place, where men, women, children, and families without housing are provided shelter, a caring staff, a shower, a bed and meals, 24 hours a day/365 days a year —at no cost to residents. The Brisben Center maintains full-time living quarters for 80 people: 20 for single women, 28 for single men, and 32 in eight family units, including children.  The average length of stay is 40-60 days. The shelter stays full or nearly full, serving those from across the Greater Fredericksburg region who have been displaced from their homes.


Richland has been serving meals at the Brisben Center for over eleven years. We have Life Groups that sponsor either breakfast or dinner about five times a year. We purchase, prepare, and serve meals to the residents and spend time with them. 

Jesus had great compassion for all people, especially the poor and disadvantaged, those rejected by society. We count it a great privilege to serve at the Brisben Center, not only practically by providing meals, but also simply by engaging with the residents, loving them and listening to their stories. 

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“Whoever is kind to the poor lends to the LORD, and he will reward them for what they have done.”

Proverbs 19:17 

If you have any questions

or for additional information please contact

Associate Pastor Richard Lavoie at


Annual Outreach Events at Richland

Easter Egg Hunt

The Annual Easter Egg Hunt is our second major outreach event each year. We invite our community to come out on a Saturday, enjoy free games, candy, .....and be immersed into a loving culture, where the love of the Savior is evident among His people. Families are invited to join us for our Sunrise Service and our Easter Sunday Service, as we celebrate the Resurrection of our Lord. 


Harvest Festival


We love our Hartwood Community. One of our two major community outreaches each year is our Annual Harvest Festival. Not only does our Harvest Festival offer a great opportunity for families to have fun in a family-friendly, safe, and loving environment, but it also gives us a chance to practically get to know and serve our local community. Our desire is that families would experience the love and presence of our Lord Jesus Christ, expressed through us, as His people. 

Vacation Bible School

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Jesus loves children and longs for them to know Him. This is our greatest desire as we transform our church building into a jungle (or other themed environment) to give the children the experience of a life time.  If you have never been at Richland during VBS week, you will want to visit. We go all out to prepare to love on  the kids and share with them the life-transforming gospel on Jesus Christ. 

Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.”

Matthew 19:14

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