Service

IMG_0141We are called to do God’s work in the world, and we do so through a variety of ministries at Christ Church.

In the past few years, we have emphasized partnerships — with non-profits and other churches, working together to accomplish more than we could do alone. Many of them have been exciting new ministries for us. Here’s a sample from 2015:

  • We cover shifts three times each year at Hope for the Journey Home, a ministry to support families experiencing homelessness in nearby Oakdale.  Families stay at the shelter in the afternoon and evening, and spend the day time at school or at work training programs. Our ministry there includes staying overnight or helping serve meals to the family there. (The Girl Scout troop that meets at our church recently did their Bronze Award there, helping collect books and other supplies for families there.)
  • We partnered with First Covenant Church and Loaves and Fishes to serve a meal once a month to neighborhood children on the East Side of St. Paul. More than 130 children come through the program every Wednesday night — we served the food, washed dishes and cleaned the dining area.
  • We continue our support of the Loaves & Fishes program on the West Side of St. Paul. We provide a hot meal to approximately 90-175 individuals (including many families) once a month at St. Matthew’s Church. We have provided food service to that area,  one of the most racially diverse and economically depressed in St. Paul, for almost 20 years.
  • We haveIMG_0874 a half-dozen members who volunteer with the  Christian Cupboard Emergency Food ShelfTheir ministry includes intake, stocking shelves and other support; one of our members recently became the executive director of the CCEFS, after serving as its board chair for a number of years.
  • We are also very proud of our Summer Stretch program, where our youth groups do service projects in the morning before heading off for more fun together at events like bowling or mini-golf. Ministries supported by our Summer Stretch youth have included cleaning a stretch of highway by Lake Elmo Park Reserve, doing garden work at non-profits around the Twin Cities, assembling meals at Feed My Starving Children and sorting food at Second Harvest.

Internationally, we support efforts of the African Community Health Initiative, which provides medical care each summer in rural Nigeria, as well as on-going maintenance medicine for people who have received help in the past. That health ministry was founded and run by Queen and Cyprian Obasi, longtime members of Christ Church.