Tabor Presbyterian Wins Grant for Community Outreach

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Crozet’s Tabor Presbyterian Church has been given a grant from the Presbytery of the James, the governing body of the Presbyterian Church USA in the Richmond area. More than 40 proposals were submitted, and “Crozet Cares” was one of 14 organizations selected to receive monies for programming over the next three years.

Members of the church’s Outreach Committee wrote the grant to utilize the new Pickford-Chiles Fellowship Hall, seeing church as a center for the community.

The grant provides money for programming to reach out to western Albemarle in the areas of health and wellness, the arts, and education. Nominated as director, Robin McElwee, a Tabor member and retired educator, will coordinate with the Outreach Committee and an advisory panel from the community to maximize outreach.

In November, Tabor sponsored a Women’s Retreat where participants generated many ideas for classes and workshops. Ideas include a health fair; dance, yoga and movement classes; a revolving art display; and classes to encourage artists and crafters alike. Crozet Cares plans to offer life skills classes such self defense for women and a lecture series, possibly on comparative religions or music and healing.

Tabor has begun a Community Hand Bell Choir and would like more participants from the community to join.

On January 9 at 7 p.m. the Community Handbell Choir will practice. On Saturday, January 19, there will be a free Orchid Care Workshop led by Dudley Miller. In February, an International Dance Class—fee based—will be taught on Monday nights.

Please call the church at 823-4255 if you are interested in taking part in any of these activities.