Monday, Jan. 18, 2021 (MLK Jr. Day)
Virtual Event from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Participate at home Jan. 15 - Jan. 23

Our seventh annual Day of Service will be a virtual event hosted by Glen Mar Church and St. John Baptist Church. This year’s theme is 'Sharing Love with our Neighbors'. We will still accomplish many activities to serve those in need and show gratitude and love for members of our community like essential workers, senior citizens, service members, and others, but it will be done in the safety of your homes, using project kits available in advance through the church. We will also have collections of various items for those in need. This event is free and open to the public. Pre-registration is required.

On Jan. 18, MLK Jr. Day, we will join together online for a virtual opening as well as a virtual closing celebration, both via Zoom. A virtual health screen through Howard County General Hospital is also available on that day. Participants may return their completed kits to the church the following weekend.

The Day of Service offers us a way to collectively work together while being safe and socially distanced to meet the needs of our local community. So, work for an hour or for the whole day!

Register to Pick up Kits and Get Zoom Links

In order to ensure we have the right number of kits available for you, and to provide you with the Zoom links for the online opening and closing ceremonies, we need you to sign up. A maximum or 3 kits may be given to each family.


Kit Pickup and Drop-off Schedule

Pick-up Dates: Fri., Jan. 15 from 3 to 6 p.m. & Sat., Jan. 16 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.

UPDATE: We are adding an additional pickup time on Mon., Jan. 18 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. or while supplies last at Glen Mar Church by the main entrance. A limited number of kits remain and are available on a first-come first-served basis.

Return Dates: Fri., Jan. 22 from 3 to 6 p.m. & Sat., Jan. 23 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.

UPDATE: For volunteers who have completed their kits or baked cookies, we have added an additional return date of Mon., Jan. 18, 2021 from 5 to 6 p.m.

Address: Glen Mar Church, 4701 New Cut Road, Ellicott City, MD 21043

Pick-up and drop-off will be outdoors. Masks will be required as well as queuing at least 6 feet apart should there be a line.

Flu Shots on Jan. 16, 2021 during Kit Pickup

Glen Mar Church is partnering with the Howard County Health Department in offering a free community wide flu shot clinic on Saturday, January 16, 2021 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. in the church parking lot during kit pick-up time. People are strongly encouraged to pre-register. Click here for the direct link to our clinic or go to and either search by date or enter "Glen Mar" as the location and scroll down.

Events Taking Place on Jan. 18, 2021: MLK Jr. Day

  • Virtual opening at 9 a.m. and closing celebration at 4:45 p.m. A Zoom link for both events will be emailed to all registered participants
  • Free virtual health screening (e.g. blood pressure, pre-diabetes, BMI):
    Register with Howard County General Hospital
  • Additional pickup and dropoff times were added (see above)

Kit Descriptions by Age Group

Sample photos of many of the kits are shown below along with a description. Detailed instructions will be provided in the kits or see instructions links below for the no-sew hats, T-shirt bags, and jump ropes. Some general supplies will be needed at home.

Children ages 4 to 8: making craft kits for 'Sharing Love with our Neighbors'

Needed supplies at home: scissors; glue stick; general purpose glue; colored pencils, crayons, pens, or Sharpies
Pre-K crafts

  • Jesus Gives us New Life – foam Butterfly craft
  • Trust in the Lord – foam Bee & Flowers craft
  • Trust in the Lord – foam Cross and heart craft
  • All things are possible with God – paper and yarn craft
  • God Keeps His Promises –foam Rainbow craft
  • God Never Leaves Me – foam craft
  • Salvation ‘He Has Risen’ – foam Butterfly craft
  • In God I Trust – foam Rainbow and sun craft
  • Jesus is our Treasure (wood) Cross – color me craft
  • Colors of Faith Bracelet – string and pony beads

Children ages 8 and up: making craft kits and other items

Needed supplies at home: scissors; colored pencils, crayons, pens, or Sharpies
Questions? See Frequently Asked Questions below for answers to some common questions about these crafts.
Age 8 crafts

  • I am a Child of God – cloth bag
  • Butterfly Suncatcher - Wind Chime
  • Wood Sailboat – write ‘God Loves You’ on sail
  • Dream Catcher – yarn & feather craft
  • Color Your Own Butterfly magnet – color me craft
  • God Watches Over You! – Rainbow & yarn craft
  • Making Jump Ropes - for school children
  • Making 'No-Sew' Fleece Hats - for students, elderly, and the homeless
  • Making Re-usable Shopping Bags - for thrifty shoppers

Ages 8 and Up: Making No-Sew Fleece Hats

Our goal is 500 hats which will be distributed by Manna House in Baltimore.

See either of the links below for instructions:

Ages 8 and Up: Making a Reusable Bag from a T-shirt

We will hand these out at food pantries to help people who can't afford the 5 cent bag fee that went into effect in October. These are reusable and washable bags.

Instructions can be found at the following link: How To Make A No Sew T-Shirt Tote Bag In 10 Minutes

Ages 8 and Up: Making Jump Ropes out of T-Shirts

Last year's jump ropes were given out at our food pantries and to the Howard County Public School System. School supplies for grades K-5 this year required a jump rope for physical education.

Instructions can be found at the following link: Home Connections T-Shirt Jump Ropes

Ages 8 and Up: Writing Letters

5 cards/envelopes with instructions and sample letter are provided in the kits.
letters of encouragementThank you letters

  • Writing 'Encouragement Cards' for Shut-Ins
  • Writing 'Encouragement Cards' for Young People
  • Writing 'Thank You' Cards to Front-Line Essential Workers
  • Writing 'Thank You' Cards to Military Members


We are collecting the following items for those in need. Please drop off items during the kit drop-off times: Fri. Jan. 22 from 3 - 6 p.m. or Sat. Jan. 23 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.

  • Non-perishable food items (see FAQ below for a list)
  • Gently worn winter clothes for those in need: coats, hats, socks, gloves, shoes, and blankets
  • Baked cookies for essential workers: put three cookies in a plastic bag with a short ‘Thank You’ note

Frequently Asked Questions

What non-perishable foods are needed most?
  • Applesauce
  • Canned Beans
  • Canned Chicken
  • Canned Fish (Tuna and Salmon)
  • Canned Meat (SPAM and Ham)
  • Canned Vegetables
  • Cooking Oils (Olive and Canola)
  • Crackers
  • Dried Herbs and Spices
  • Fruit (Canned or Dried)
  • Granola Bars
  • Instant Mashed Potatoes
  • Meals in a Box
  • Nuts
  • Pasta
  • Peanut Butter
  • Rice
  • Shelf-stable and Powdered Milk
  • Soup, Stew and Chili
  • Whole Grain Cereal
May I drop off my kits or donations at Glen Mar Church on MLK Jr. Day?
Yes. Although Glen Mar Church is closed, you may drop off your completed kits or donations from 5 to 6 pm on Jan. 18 outdoors by the main Glen Mar Church entrance, in addition to the dropoff dates listed above.
I signed up for kits but now I cannot participate. What should I do?
Please click on the REGISTER NOW button above to change your sign-up.
Where can I share photos of my family participating?
Email pictures to
What are the instructions for the Wood Sailboat?
Please glue the wood boat together and put a short message on the sail like 'God loves you' or 'You are loved and matter'. You can also decorate it, if you like.
Should the (plastic) Butterfly on the Butterfly Suncatcher Wind Chime be painted?
Yes, the plastic butterfly wind chime should be colored with a Sharpie or painted.
What are the instructions for the 'Color your own Butterfly Magnet' (i.e. paper butterfly outlined in black velvet)?
Please color or paint it, so it will brighten someone day. Also, please put a magnet on the back.

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