Outreach & Service
Central Christian Church is committed to serving our local and global neighbors, especially those who lack sufficient resources and faithful advocates. We believe that by sharing our time, energy and resources with others, we are sharing these things with Jesus Christ. We are are constantly working to grow our Outreach programs, and we’d love to connect you with these vital ministries. If you’re interested in volunteering with Outreach in Lexington and beyond, please contact the church office at (859) 233-1551.
If you’d like to join the Outreach Ministry Team (which meets almost every month) and help shape the way Central cares for the community, please let us know.
OUTREACH MINISTRIES AT CENTRAL
God’s Pantry God’s Pantry is committed to reducing hunger in Central Kentucky. Central is a God’s Pantry site, available to those with referrals every Monday through Friday, 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.
How you can help: Our pantry is always in need of volunteers to serve weekly or monthly. If you’re interested, let the church office know! Central is also a drop-off location for non-perishable food donations for God’s Pantry. The blue donation bins are located in our Fellowship Hall.
Central’s Thrift Shop The Thrift Shop offers inexpensive and high-quality second-hand clothing. The Shop is open Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from noon to 4 p.m., on the first floor of the Watkins Building.
How you can help: Shop at the store and donate your gently used items. You can use our handy donation form here. The Thrift Shop is also looking for volunteers — if you’re interested, contact church member Priscilla Griffin.
Room in the Inn – This multi-church program provides homeless men a hot supper, bathing facilities, a clean bed in a secure location, breakfast and a sack lunch on cold winter nights (7 p.m. to 6 a.m.).
How you can help: Room in the Inn generally runs from November to March, and volunteers are always in demand. We need men to serve as overnight hosts and groups to provide and serve meals for our guests. To find out how you can connect with this amazing ministry, contact Central’s RITI coordinator Vickie Batzka at (859) 321-2551.
Helping Hands – Helping Hands is a program that shows respect and love for homeless and others in need every month by distributing donated and purchased personal items (e.g. hotel size toiletries, socks, chap stick, dental items, deodorant, bus tickets and much more). These items are donated by members of our church and/or purchased by donations and funding from the church. The numbers of those we serve grow monthly but currently range from 120 -140 per month. Items are distributed from 1-3 p.m. on Monday and Wednesday of the first full week of every month in the McCullough Room of the Watkins Building.
How you can help: Volunteer opportunities include preparing materials for distribution and participating in the actual distribution. Also, donations are greatly appreciated and can be left in the labeled basket at the welcome desk at Central Christian Church. Persons wanting to help or with questions can contact Kathryn Zink at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling (859) 263-8013. Click here for the 2017 schedule and a list of helpful donations.
St. James Place A mission of Central Christian Church and the Foundation for Affordable Housing, St. James Place provides apartments for the working homeless and those whose incomes usually prevent them from finding safe, adequate housing.
How you can help: Every month, St. James Place holds a dinner for its residents. Groups from Central and other churches or organizations are encouraged to provide food and volunteers for this popular and much-needed ministry. Call Lynn Gray at the church office to find out how your group can get involved.
Central Music Academy This local organization emerged out of Central Christian Church and is now its own 501(c)(3). The Central Music Academy’s goals include building personal capacity, discipline, musical skills, and self-esteem within at-risk youth. They do this through free music lessons taught by qualified instructors in all areas of musical performance: winds, percussion, voice, and strings. To date, CMA’s dedicated teachers have served over 750 students in private lessons, group classes, and camps.
How you can help: CMA’s scholarship funds come from grants and private giving. Consider donating to this community-enriching program!
Central Christian Child Care Center A daycare center and preschool program located in downtown Lexington for infants, toddlers and preschoolers designed to guide the development of each child.
Central Church Apartments This housing complex with income-based rent was the joint effort of Central, the Kentucky Housing Corporation and the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). Central Church Apartments are a safe and friendly environment for older adults in the heart of downtown Lexington.
Green Team Central Christian Church is a Green Chalice congregation. For many Disciples, caring for God’s creation and living in harmony with it is an expression of faith. Central participates in recycling, uses geothermal heating and engages in other opportunities to be a “greener” congregation. We also support fairly-traded Equal Exchange programs to support small farmers.
How you can help: Donate to Central’s Fair Trade Coffee fund (simply put Fair Trade Coffee in the memo line of your check to Central), visit Central’s Fair Trade Goods table on Sunday mornings, or join the Green Team by contacting Steve Rice at (859) 260-8895.
OTHER OUTREACH EFFORTS AND COMMUNITY PARTNERS
Adopt a School Led by our Disciples Women Ministry, our congregation offers support to children and teachers of James Lane Allen Elementary School.
Adult Day Center A home away from home. The Adult Day Center offers personal care, nursing care, activities and meals in a home-like setting for adults who need assistance with daily living as a result of physical or mental impairments. This is a not-for-profit service affiliated with Christian Care Communities.
Building a United Interfaith Lexington through Direct-Action (BUILD) is an organization of 20 religious congregations (including Central Christian) located in Lexington, Kentucky. BUILD is an interfaith, interracial, grassroots, multi-issue, proactive organization. Since its inception in 2003, BUILD has been constituent-led and employs the practices of direct-action community organizing. BUILD is developing a powerful grassroots organization, made up of congregations situated in low-to moderate-income communities that are capable of creating system-wide change in Lexington. To get involved in Central’s chapter of BUILD, contact the church office.
Disciples Mission Fund DMF is the common fund of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). Gifts to DMF — most of which come from congregations like Central — are distributed amongst the General and Regional ministries of our denomination.
Habitat for Humanity Every year, Lexington Disciples congregations come together to fund and build a Habitat for Humanity house for a family in need of affordable housing. This is a great opportunity to get to know new friends, learn new skills and be part of a very worthy ministry to our community.
How you can help: Give to Central’s annual Habitat for Humanity campaign (simply put “Habitat for Humanity” in the memo line of your check to Central) or volunteer to help build or serve food to the builders. Contact Steve Rice at (859) 260-8895 for more information.
Bread for the World Bread for the World is an ecumenical advocacy group which organizes Christian churches to help end hunger domestically and abroad through political action. Central Christian Church has been a covenanting congregation with Bread since 2012, and holds an annual “Offering of Letters” to ask our Kentucky state leadership to protect the poor and hungry.
How you can help: Help organize or simply participate in Central’s Offering of Letters. If you’re a fan of Bread’s work, consider making a donation!
Kentucky Refugee Ministries “When I was a stranger, you took me in…” Kentucky Refugee Ministries is an invaluable community resource which provides financial and social aid to refugees from around the world. Through our work with KRM, Central is able to help these families get a solid start here in Lexington.
Martin Luther King Worship Service Each year in January (usually the third Sunday in January / the day before Dr. King’s Birthday), Central Christian Church hosts Disciples for the Dream’s community-wide worship service in honor of the ministry of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Leadership of the service comes from many area churches and the entire community is invited to join as we celebrate and remember the important legacy, ministry and words of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Vacation Bible School This special week of faith exploration is free and open to all kids (K-5th grade) regardless of church affiliation. VBS features music, Bible stories, crafts and tons of fun. To learn more about enrolling your child in VBS, contact the church office.
Week of Compassion Week of Compassion is the relief, refugee and development mission fund of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in the United States and Canada. WoC seeks to equip and empower disciples to alleviate the suffering of others through disaster response, humanitarian aid, sustainable development and the promotion of mission opportunities.