Outreach Ministries



We are women called to discipleship to grow in knowledge and experience of God, committed to support the mission of the church, and empowered by the Holy Spirit. We are challenged to help one another engage in ministry and action, and grow and respond in faith to God's plan for the church, the society, and the world.

"New Shoes Back to School" Ministry

The Ministry began in 2006 at Third St. Bethel A.M.E when 712 pairs were given to anxious students, accompanied by their parents/guardians from the city of Richmond and surrounding counties, and it has grown to a total of over 82,000 pairs of new shoes given – eleven (11) years later.  New churches join the ministry each year, and we welcome them with open arms, thus allowing us to serve more young people as the word spreads about the “New Shoes For Back To School” Ministry.  This year, there are a total of thirteen (16) churches in the ministry. (to include a Jewish Synagogue -Temple Beth-El

Check  the 12th Annual year's New Shoes Back to Shoes Ministry HERE


The Feeding Ministry provides meals to persons in the Greater Richmond Metropolitan Area who are food insecure every Wednesday. We are a Food Bank Partner agency serving over 300 meals weekly.


The Bethel Boutique provides clothing and toiletries to men, women, and children who are among the homeless population in the City of Richmond however, it does not exclude persons from surrounding communities if in need. The Boutique is open on Wednesdays servicing those persons whom are fed by the Feeding Ministry. The Bethel Boutique also provides clothing for "Back to Work" men and women who are referred by the City of Richmond's Department of Social Services.


“Remember those who are in prison, as though you were together in prison with them, and those who are mistreated, as if you, yourselves, were suffering.” Hebrews 13:3

The Third Street Bethel AME Prison Ministry, under the leadership of Reverend Carl Melvin, journeys to the Beaumont Correctional Center for males (14 to 18 years old) every third Sunday from 7:00pm - 9:00pm.