The Lakeside Presbyterian Church Preschool
One of the original mission outreach projects of the church, the Lakeside Presbyterian Church Preschool has been serving children in Lakeside area since 1947. The Preschool provides a safe, caring, Christian environment in which young children can learn and grow. Children learn basic life skills like sharing and cooperation, as well as basic concepts like shapes, colors, and numbers. The children are also introduced to the primary principles of the Christian faith, including God's goodness, the beauty of nature, and the importance of caring for one another. The goal of the preschool program is to provide a nurturing environment in which young children can learn and grow.
Spanish Language Services
The Iglesia Apostoles y Profetas holds services in Spanish at the Lakeside Presbyterian Church on Tuesday, Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday Evenings. The congregation is led by Pastor Leonardo Guardado.
The Lamb's Basket
The Lamb's Basket is a community food pantry which receives support from the Lakeside Presbyterian Church. Started in 2002 by a handful of churches, the Lamb's Basket is now a joint ministry supported by over 40 different congregations in Henrico County. In 2012 the Lamb's Basket food pantry provided over 500,000 pounds of groceries to more than 18,000 people in the greater Lakeside area. Members of the Lakeside Presbyterian Church serve on the governing board of the Lamb's Basket. The congregation also donates groceries on a regular basis. Church members provide the manpower needed to collect, sort, stock and distribute the food each week.
Alcoholics Anonymous has long been a haven of help and hope for people who are addicted to alcohol. Recognizing a great need for alcoholic rehabilitation in the Lakeside area, the Lakeside Presbyterian Church provides meeting space for multiple A.A. meetings at the church each week.
The Narnia Center
As a part of it's commitment to international mission, the Lakeside Presbyterian Church makes a significant financial contribution each year to the Narnia Center in Moscow, Russia.
The principle mission of the Narnia Center, founded in 2000 by Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) missionary Donald Marsden, is the publication of Christian fiction for children and youth. “I am convinced that there’s a tremendous need for Christian fiction for children,” Marsden explains, “to help them better understand God’s word through a larger literary world.”
Narnia’s best sellers over the years have been the Russian translations of Katherine Paterson’s novels for young people. With the movie release of Bridge to Terabithia, not only did Narnia see “a big bump in sales,” Marsden said, the secular book market in Russia opened up to the niche publisher.
“Secular bookstores, as well as school and public libraries now represent 50 percent of our sales,” he says.
The Narnia Center’s ministries have expanded over the seven years of its existence. The center conducts Christian education and children’s ministry leadership training for pastors and Christian educators, publishes Christian education curriculum and other resources, and works with Russian congregations that are developing ministries with special needs kids.