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Community Works | White River Christian Church

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What is Community Works?

Community Works is about sharing God's love, serving the people of our community, and meeting needs in practical ways. It's about developing ongoing relationships with the people of our community. It's about God's Church being a lighthouse in our community thru compassion, kindness, and service.

 

Weekly Ministry Opportunities

Food Pantry
How can I serve?

Have you ever known what it means to be hungry? Have you ever wondered where your family's next meal would come from? We have people right here in our community that know these realities all too well. Jesus told us that whenever we serve "the least of these" we are serving Him. WRCC has a great opportunity for you to be a part of this amazing mission of God. To the right are several opportunities to get involved in this ministry. You can make a difference as you help fill people up with food and God's love!

How can I help?
  • Fill up a "Food Pantry Bag" and drop it off at the Community Works counter anytime M-F between 8am and 4:30pm, at the annex Tuesday between 9am and noon or on Thursday between noon and 3pm.
  • Serve at the Food Pantry on Tuesdays between 9am and noon
  • Serve at the Food Pantry on Thursdays anytime between noon and 6pm
  • Organize Food Pantry items during the week
  • The Food Pantry is open Thursdays from 2:00PM - 6:00PM

Please contact our Volunteer Coordinator, Debbie Diaz at DKMDiaz@aol.com or 294-3802 to find out how you can bless others in our community.

Thursday Dinner Table
Thursday Dinner Table

Every Thursday we prepare a meal for those in need. The meal is for our Food Pantry guests and anyone from the local community that wants to enjoy a family dinner with us. The food is served by a team of passionate servants that are eager to help those in need.

The Thursday Dinner Table is a simple and powerful concept. The door is always open. There is always room to pull up a chair. There is always enough food, so grab a plate. There is always enough time, relax and share about your day. God knew all along you were coming. He is never caught off-guard. We just need to be sensitive to His opportunities. Praise God we can see this in action at WRCC.

Every Thursday night a warm meal is served in the Discovery Room to over 70 guests from our Food Pantry & local community. The Godly fellowship that happens around these dinner tables changes lives every week.

How can I help?
  • Donate food and/or gift cards | Anytime
  • Cook and prepare for our Guests | 3:30-5:00pm
  • Serve food and mingle with guests | 5:00 - 6:00pm
  • Clean-up and Tear-Down | 5:30-6:30pm.
  • Your Next Step: Contact Fred Knoll at 317-773-2233 ext. 114 or tdt@wrcc.org to help.
Jail Ministry
Bringing the light of Jesus to those in prison

We believe God has a special place in His heart for those in prison. He is a God of second chances and desires everyone to come to Him in repentance.

Our goal for the White River Christian Church Jail Ministry is to reach , win , train and send the inmate back into the cell and society to lead a productive Christian life . We accomplish this by the faithfulness and commitment of our volunteers who give their time to the ministry .

"I was in prison and you visited me." Jesus (Matthew 25:36)

Why Do Jail Ministry?

A tube of lipstick, or a nice car, a fresh haircut, the right neighborhood or a good job can hide lots of pain in today's society; yet these "masks" are not permitted in the Hamilton County Jail. When one is incarcerated for reasons that are a result of succumbing to the lure of addiction, the normalcy that we strive to attain in American culture comes to a screeching halt.

A steady stream of people, estimated at 400 monthly, file through the doors of the Hamilton County Jail. These lives are changed forever. In one of the wealthiest counties in our nation, with headlines touting the "happy family life" that can be found here, Hamilton County Jail statistics tell another story.

Seventy-seven percent of those incarcerated in the Hamilton County Jail are serving time for charges related to alcohol or drug consumption and addiction. Alarmingly, the average age of a Hamilton County inmate is 20 - 24 years old.

While each detainee has violated the law, many of these are same laws most of us have violated over the span of our lifetime. Yet, for reason unknown, most of us were spared the anguish that these folks will encounter. Who are these people that enter into the shame, shock, and embarrassment, loss of income, job and reputation they face behind bars? Statistics indicate that they are our neighbor, our child, our friend, relative, co-worker or spouse. In hushed silence the family and friends of these people sit in our pews and await the release of their loved one. You are not alone. And, thanks to you and our volunteers, they do not have to remain alone. Our volunteers assemble weekly to minister to those folks who have landed behind bars, confused, depressed, shaken.

"I will bring the blind by a way they did not know; I will lead them in paths they have not known. I will make darkness light before them, and crooked places straight. These things I will do for them, and not forsake them." Isaiah 42:16

"My sheep hear my voice and I know them and they follow me." John 10:27
Ways to serve
  • Men's Christian Recovery Group assistant: Wednesdays, 7:30pm to 9:00pm, Hamilton County Jail
  • Women's Christian Recovery Group assistant: Wednesdays, 7:30pm to 9:00pm, Hamilton County Jail
  • Men's/Women's video visitation: Times may vary to fit your schedule, Hamilton County Jail
  • Men's/Women's Juvenile Services Center visitation: Times may vary to fit your schedule
Mandatory Training
  • Location: Christ Community Christian Church, 772 North 10th Street, Noblesville
  • Time: 7-9pm
  • Upcoming Dates (2014): Monday, March 31st; Monday, June 16th; Monday, September 8th
Contact
  • Contact Raith Ledbetter at 317-373-3004 or raith.bouncezone@gmail.com.
Nursing Homes
Nursing Homes

We love elderly people! God tells us that "Gray hair is a crown of splendor; it is attained by a righteous life." (Proverbs 16:31)

If you would like to become a friendly visitor at a nursing home or in the home of a shut-in elderly person, please contact us. We understand the value and blessing of investing time in those who have a great amount of life experience.

We also visit shut-ins and assist with various needs such as grocery shopping and helping out with household chores.

How Can I Help?

Our team visits the residents of Harbour Manor Nursing Home located in Noblesville on State Road 38 just east of the stop light at the South Harbour entrance. We play bingo, visit residents and share a brief devotional with some of them on the first and third Tuesdays of each month from 3:30pm to 5:00pm.

Please call or email Carolyn McMahan, our Nursing Home Team Leader at 317-442-5489 or cmc41@comcast.net

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