Our Christian Community Outreach group is active and looking for more hearts yearning to give! The Next Generation Fellowship embraces the statement by American theologian and discoverer of Christian Science, Mary Baker Eddy.
“A Christian Scientist is a humanitarian; he is benevolent, forgiving, longsuffering, and seeks to overcome evil with good.”
Manual of The Mother Church, by Mary Baker Eddy
The Bridge, located in Centenary United Methodist Church in downtown St. Louis, provides a sanctuary for homeless individuals in St. Louis. Since 2009, the Fellowship has been serving dinner at The Bridge every fifth Monday of the month. A group of seven volunteers from the Fellowship helps to prepare dinner and then serve it, cafeteria-style, to 200 or so homeless individuals. The time commitment is from 4:30 to 6:30 PM. http://www.bridgestl.org/
St. Louis Area Foodbank
Where can 3 hours plus 52 volunteers equal 9,617 meals for the hungry? At the St. Louis Area Foodbank! Last Saturday, 12 volunteers from the Fellowship joined 40 other people in spending three hours sorting and repacking donated food for distribution to local agencies. Each week, an estimated 57,100 people in 26 counties on both sides of the river rely on the St. Louis Area Foodbank for food assistance.
Time flies by as we work together with old and new friends, helping our neighbors.
The Fellowship has been volunteering at the Foodbank for the past three years. Our duties have ranged from sorting and repacking food from major retailers to bagging apples that had been donated from a local orchard.
The St. Louis Area Foodbank is the region’s largest non-profit food distribution center dedicated to feeding those in need. The Fellowship serves at the Foodbank several times a year. At various times our duties have been to sort and pack donated cans and boxes of food into boxes, or put apples from a local orchard into bags for delivery to local food kitchens. The time commitment is from 10:00 to 1:00 PM on a Saturday. http://www.stlfoodbank.org/
Center for Women in Transition.
The Center for Women in Transition provides tools, support and resources to help recently incarcerated women make positive choices, achieve meaningful goals and be accountable for past actions. The Center provided training at the Fellowship in 2012, and we now have two women serving as mentors to the recently released women. We also have donated inspirational literature, food and personal care items to individuals in this program. http://www.cwitstl.org/
Personal Care Items Ministry
The Fellowship collects toothpaste and bar soap for incarcerated men in the St. Louis area. The jails do not provide these items and the Fellowship has received many letters of gratitude as well as requests for prayer from these incarcerated men.