Ephesians 2:10 tells us that we have been created in Christ Jesus to do good works. We are God's hands and feet, and we have the opportunity to show God's love to hurting people. Here are a few ways Calvary Church is making an Irreplaceable Impact in our own backyard.
Warming Center Volunteers
Calvary's St. Charles Campus serves as a local Homeless Warming Center for two time periods:
December 30 through January 6
January 27 through February 3
Calvary's participation is activated during these two time periods when overnight temperatures are predicted to be 20 degrees or lower. A variety of serving opportunities include a check-in team, overnight watch team, breakfast team, laundry team, cleanup team and more. Training is provided.
Community Care Team
Through a variety of ministries and programs, Calvary Church is making a difference in the lives of the people in our own community. For example, Neighbor Helping Neighbor Coalition provides comprehensive care. It's not helpful to put band-aids on people with broken arms. Supplying funds to pay an electric bill is not the same as helping the family learn why they can't pay their electric bill.
If you'd like to make a difference, help change the trajectory of a family living from crisis to crisis, consider becoming a Community Ministry Care Coordinator.
All three of Calvary's campuses work with at least one school. Volunteers support the faculty, staff, and students in a variety of ways. For example, a volunteer team might serve dinner to teachers on Parent/Teacher Conference day, another group helps copy, fold, staple, cut materials for teachers. It's so fun seeing the looks on the faces of the teachers! Join the team!
Weekend Hunger Project
Students in local schools who receive free lunches often go hungry on the weekends. Each Friday afternoon during the school year, students go home with a backpack filled with nutritious food for the weekend. An easy way to get involved is to stop by The Big Desk at your campus and ask what needs Weekend Hunger has each week. Purchase those food items and bring them back the next week! A regular rotation of people providing food items means no hungry kids on the weekend!
HammerHeads is a home repair ministry to low-income single moms and widows who are unable to do their own repairs or do not have the financial resources to pay for home repairs. Sharing your skills brings the love of Christ to these in-need families. Got skills? Help us out!
Open Arms Ministry
Open Arms provides support, education, and encouragement to couples considering adoption or foster care. This ministry has helped dozens and dozens of families from Calvary and our community learn, be encouraged and supported throughout the process.
Habitat for Humanity
Calvary Church is making a difference in the lives of the people in our own community, providing low-income families with affordable housing. Volunteers will be helping a family sponsored by Habitat to build their new home. Calvary volunteers usually serve one or more Saturdays in August, September, or October.
Our Lady's Inn
Our Lady’s Inn provides a loving home and an array of services supporting pregnant women and their children suffering with homelessness. Some volunteer opportunities include transportation, childcare, clerical support, meal prep, and professional salon services. For more details email the OLI Volunteer Coordinator, Angela Hinchsliff, at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 636-398-5375. Our Lady’s Inn locations include Defiance and St. Louis, Missouri.