RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) -
Inside Asbury Church Hill United Methodist, there is a mission going on at various hours of the day. Marilyn Heckstall has been the reverend at the church since 2006; and for her, it seems like the job doesn't end.
"There aren't any traditional hours for ministry," says Heckstall, as she references the late hours she sometimes works.
"We are not inside the walls, [we're] totally immersed in the community," says Heckstall.
Just feet away from the church, right across the street, is Chimbarazo Elementary School. When Heckstall started in 2006, she and her congregation help the children at Chimbarazo embrace music by starting a community drum line.
"We started out with buckets," says Heckstall. But the community didn't allow that to last for long. Heckstall says $10,000 was raised and that money was used to buy instruments.
Today, the church sponsors a free arts summer cam, provide food, clothes, and even financial assistance for those in need.
"We have those who are trying to figure out how they're going to even make ends meet when it comes to paying their bills, buying their food," says Heckstall. She says it's everyone's responsibility to help others whenever possible.
Asbury Church Hill United Methodist is located at 324 N. 29th Street in Richmond. The phone number is 804-648-6690.