Our Local Mission outreach includes:
Providing transitional housing support
Helping to meet the needs of at-risk children
Distributing clothing and shoes
Collecting food for needy families
Sponsoring summer interns for an inner-city reading program
- Assisting seniors with everyday needs and minor repairs
Supplying Christmas gift cards to seniors
Participating in tutoring and mentoring programs
Supporting a start-up church
Assisting families in Appalachia with home repairs
Aiding Southeast Texas families with repairs following Hurricanes Rita and Ike.
We designate the proceeds of monthly and special communion offerings to support the work of selected local organizations, as well as the victims of natural disasters.
Clothing, Food, and Housing
Clothing - Several times each year, we co-ordinate collection of clothing, socks, shoes, and coats to support the clients of Metrocrest Social Services.
Food - Our youth collect food several times during the year to stock the pantries of Metrocrest Social Services.
Housing - We sponsor an apartment for a previously homeless family through the Interfaith Housing Coalition. We clean, set up furniture, provide an initial stock of food, as well as linens and towels and maintain contact during the family's transition to self-support.
Children and Youth
Bea's Kids - We support Bea's Kids, a program for children in targeted apartment projects in Farmers Branch and Carrollton. In the summer, we open our Family Life Center for five weeks of activities and provide bus transportation to and from the church. We also collect and distribute school supplies to Bea's Kids in late summer.
Project Transformation - Project Transformation is a nonprofit, Christian organization that provides ministry exploration and leadership development opportunities to college-aged young adults, and community oriented programs for children and youth living in low-income neighborhoods of North Texas. We support one or more young adult interns each summer for Project Transformation. This program connects the energy of young adults, the strength of church-supported institutions and the untapped resources of under-served neighborhoods to meet the needs of children. Children take part in community-oriented summer and after-school activities. Participating church volunteers provide reading support. In 2008, Project Transformation served approximately 850 children and youth in the Dallas area.
Tutoring - Volunteers provide one-on-one tutoring for at-risk students at nearby Montgomery Elementary School.
Youth - The youth of our church are also devoted to sharing the love of Christ through missions. They actively support many local mission projects. Among them are:
Collecting canned food for the pantry at Metrocrest Social Services.
Gathering clothing and toys for children at Christmas through the Care4Kids mission with Wesley Rankin Community Center.
Providing food baskets for elderly residents in the community.
Assembling thank-you "goodie bags" for returning troops.
Furnishing a meal for volunteers at Project Transformation.
Senior Adult Services - Volunteers take seniors grocery shopping, as well as provide basic repairs and other services to help them live more comfortably at home. Our volunteers also distribute meals to homebound clients of Senior Adult Services during holiday periods.
Gift Baskets and Cards - We supply Thanksgiving and Christmas baskets to community residents in need. Our United Methodist Women coordinate the donation and distribution of Christmas gift cards for seniors at the Wesley Rankin Community Center.
Christ's Foundry - We are one of several United Methodist churches that provide financial support and board membership for a start-up church serving the Hispanic community in the Bachman Lake/Webb Chapel area.
Missions Beyond Ourselves
Appalachia Service Project (ASP) - A long-standing tradition at our church involves sending volunteer teams to make repairs on homes in poverty-stricken areas of Kentucky, Tennessee, and Virginia.
Teams of youth, young adults, and older adults usually spend a week making repairs to homes under the auspices of ASP. More than 85 people are involved in this Christ Church "mission beyond ourselves" each year. For more information on ASP visit their website at www.asphome.org.
South Texas Home Repairs - Teams of young and older adults make regular home-repair mission trips to South Texas to help families repair the damage caused by Hurricanes Rita and Ike.
Amigos Days - A project of the North Texas Conference, Volunteer teams of adults help with refurbishing projects for homes in the local Bachman Lake area, identified through our relationship with Christ's Foundry.
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Blood Drives - We periodically hold blood drives in conjunction with Carter Blood Care Center.
Disaster Relief - We also support periodic requests for disaster assistance from the United Methodist Commission on Relief.