Missions and Outreach
SERVE is our calling to go. As Christians, we are called to shine the light of Christ that is in us on a world that needs Jesus. The world needs to hear His story and see His love at work through us as we serve others. (Matthew 28:19, 1 Peter 3: 15, 1 Peter 4:10)
Backpack For Kids provides food bags to 15 students at King Elementary School who otherwise may not eat on the weekends and school breaks. The first Sunday of each month, Children’s Church turns into an assembly line as our children and adult volunteers prepare the backpacks. The Children’s Church lesson on this day highlights our call as Christiams to serve others. For a food shopping list click HERE. For more information on Backpack For Kids please contact Melissa Byers , our Children’s Minister, or the leader of the Serve Team, Rich Garon.
Several times during the year the congregation donates, prepares and serve meals for the residents of this 30 bed, shelter for the homeless.
Kairos is a ministry of Christ’s love to those in prison. Similar to Cursillo or Walk to Emmaus, it includes a 4-day weekend where a trained team of Christians goes into a prison to share the gospel with inmates. Homemade cookies are a tangible way that the team shares God’s love and concern to those who seldom encounter either in the course of their daily lives. Approximately 30,000 cookies are needed for each weekend. Deacon Sally Rathbone leads this ministry.
Ministry to the Homeless
Immanuel has a long history of ministry to the homeless men and women in our community. We provide food, water, propane, tents, and other basic necessities. Members of Immanuel also help our friends get to medical and dental services provided by the county and other agencies. We also provide rides to worship and warmly welcome these members of our community into the Immanuel family.
Immanuel currently supports two missionaries who, because of the nature of their work, must remain anonymous online. One individual serves in Turkey by direct work with university students as well as church planting. Another works Internationally in the training and on-going care and development of missionaries around the world.
Each year we support this program as members of Immanuel donate shoeboxes filled with toys and other items to children in developing countries.
Each year we provide food and cash donations to ACTS to help needy individuals enjoy a family Thanksgiving dinner. The youth group helps sort food for distribution at the ACTS’ facility.
In addition, Immanuel provides financial support for: ACTS, the Christian Cooperative Council of Ministries (CCOM), and the Diocese of the Mid-Atlantic.