Local Engagement is a set of programs designed to join the local and global community together in being the body of Christ.
The body of Christ has many parts. To be the whole body each part must be appreciated, valued, and given the space to be and do what God has called them to. Community Engagement seeks to bring all people as Christ-followers together to live, work, and serve God.
Imagine feet that walk with the wounded, visit the imprisoned, go to the outcasts, find the forgotten, stand against injustice, carry the weak, and run to the lonely. Imagine voices that share the Gospel with the lost, counsel the confused, speak up for the voiceless, encourage the depressed, comfort the sick, and pray with the grieving.
We believe that as we are being transformed by the power of the Holy Spirit, we can transform our worlds in Jesus' name by engaging with our neighborhoods, communities, workplaces, and schools through mentoring, ministry partners, missional communities, and church multiplication.
The After School Program at Christ Memorial creates a safe and fun environment for students to build relationships, learn basic life skills and achieve academic success. Students receive weekly snacks and homework help. They also do arts and crafts, science experiments, have monthly themed discussions, go on field trips, engage in family banquets, and most importantly, give back to our community in many different ways. This program is partnered with Holland West and Jefferson Elementary to provide loving relationships of support for family households, as well as bringing hope to the students and community. Contact Amy Mares for more information at 368-8936.
Our vison is a healthy, engaged, and compassionate community. Our mission is to end poverty and homelessness. We do this by mobilizing faith-based and community partners, activating individual and community assets, and meeting immediate needs in our community. Our core values are: relationships, grace, inclusion, stewardship, excellence, and innovation.
Good Samaritan Ministries is deeply invested in empowering families to leave the cycle of poverty. We use a strengths based approach and utilize the skills and abilities of individuals to guide their path from crisis to stability, and ultimately, to thriving. We are amazed by how God is at work in the lives of individuals and families that are discovering their gifts and working their way out of poverty.
LIST OF ITEMS NEEDED:
Deodorant for both men and women, laundry detergent and basic cleaning products (toilet/bathroom cleaner, disinfecting wipes, Windex, Lysol. Please place your donations at the Good Samaritan Ministries basket located in the Collection Center in the lobby.
Special Education Ministry
Special Education Ministry is a weekly worship service for approximately 65-70 adults (“students”) with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Each individual with a disability is paired with a “teacher” who is a volunteer from a local church, the community, area high school, or Hope College. The worship service is filled with genuine and heartfelt joy and praise. The students participate with enthusiasm and simple expressions of their love for God. The students eagerly await this weekly and regular opportunity to worship. Their expressions of faith are uncomplicated and from the heart.
Special Education Ministry demonstrates the love of Christ by providing a worship and teaching opportunity in a way that welcomes and respects the needs of individuals with developmental disabilities. Our vision is to provide this worship opportunity in a manner that respects the students’ age and abilities, while enhancing their ability to access the word and love of the Lord.