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Putting Faith Into Action!
If you would like to become involved in activities that seek to help others in our church community, our local area, or other areas nationally and even internationally, please consider some of the current outreach ministries ongoing at Beargrass Christian Church. Take a look at some of the outreach projects we are involved in.
The following is a list of a few of the projects. Just click on the link to find out more information about the project and how you can be involved.
Join a Beargrass Team and participate in charity walks. Beargrass teams, including adults, youth, and children, have participated in the following walks. If there is a particular charity walk that you would like to participate in contact the church office and the Community Ministries Team will work with you to help advertise the event.
- Alzheimer’s Walk
- Light the Night Walk (Leukemia and Lymphoma Society)
- Louisville AIDS Walk
- The Hunger Walk
- Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure
Christian Care Communities
Christian Care Communities is a faith-based not-for-profit provider of affordable senior retirement living and long-term care for older adults. Christian Care Communities was founded in 1884 as an orphans home when Beargrass Christian Church recommended the first resident of the home.
On the fourth Sunday of each month a Beargrass member leads the lesson for the Chapel House residents as part of the church service. You do not need to have teaching experience or be a Bible scholar to provide a valued service. The lessons follow the uniform series of lessons for adult Sunday school. You are provided the leader’s guide and lesson plan. The best part is there is a very devoted group that comes and provides lively discussion on the lesson! Chapel House is located at 945 S 5th St. The church service starts at 3:00 pm and lasts 45 minutes to one hour. The volunteer arrives at 2:45 pm and may stay and visit with the class after services.
The St. Matthews Farmers Market is a vibrant, community-oriented operation which takes place each Saturday from mid-May until October on the grounds of Beargrass Christian Church. More than 60 regular vendors and alternates from the surrounding counties in Kentucky and Indiana are at the market each week. The variety of produce, plants, flowers, and more reflects the area’s growing season and harvest times. In addition to the farmers, a small group of area craftsmen participate. The market is a Kentucky Proud market. The guiding principals of the market are to provide high-quality food and products from local producers, bring farm-fresh food to the East End community, support small farmers who care for the land, and create a community gathering space with prepared foods, live music, and special events.
Volunteers have an integral role in the success of the market. A part-time market manager is the only paid position. Volunteers are involved in operations, marketing, special events, and parking. There is a gleaning program, in which the producers donate goods they have left at the end of the market day to be transported by volunteers to local food banks and other charities. To find out more about the market, go to the Farmers Market website.
Fed with Faith
Fed with Faith is dedicated to helping the homeless population in the greater Louisville area. They work on the frontlines, serving meals and collecting and delivering donations of blankets, coats, and other much-needed items. Their efforts are toward direct support of those in the streets, shelters, and homeless camps. Beargrass members have been an integral part of this ministry.
Habitat for Humanity
Habitat for Humanity of Metro Louisville has been building houses, improving neighborhoods, and giving families a ladder to a better life for 25 years. Beargrass has been involved in this Christian-based housing organization for most of that time and makes a substantial monetary contribution each year. Habitat built or rehabbed 300 houses during its first 25 years, and it hopes to build its next 300 in less than 10 years. The emphasis is on the families Habitat serves, not the houses themselves, but it will take many extra volunteers and resources to realize this ambitious goal.
Beargrass periodically offers opportunities for short mission trips to locations in the United States or neighboring countries that have been struck by natural disasters. Our members have worked in places damaged by Hurricane Katrina and by floods in Nashville. We sent a group to Haiti for a week, working with the local non-profit group, Waterstep to help provide safe drinking water to that hurricane-ravaged country.
In November 2015 eleven adults from Beargrass journey to to Guatemala to work with Hope for Tomorrow children’s home. A year earlier twenty-nine persons (from high school to senior citizens) traveled to Hope for Tomorrow. Another trip is planned for July 2016.
As situations arise in which we feel we can be of help to others in need, advertisements for volunteers will be posted in the monthly newsletter, or in the service bulletins. Details will be provided regarding duration of the mission, the nature of the work to be done, cost and other pertinent information, and interested persons will be invited to sign up.
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Prisoner Re-Entry Assistance Program
A committed group of BCC members provides assistance and support to individuals re-entering society from the correctional system as a means of sharing God’s love for all. Each applicant for our re-entry program has to go through an interview process. We assist with housing, obtaining necessary documents (social security card, driver’s license), applications for food stamps, transportation, clothing, furniture, cell phone, and finding work. Most of these things have to be dealt with in the first 48 hours after release by the parole board. We then continue to provide personal support for about 90 days. We focus on who they are now and what resources they need to be successful in re-entering society. To date, no one has returned to prison within the first three years of release. The men are immensely grateful for our help.
A Beargrass Team works with Kentucky Refugee Ministries, a non-profit group approved by the State Department, to help resettle refugees from various countries to the U.S. We have hosted two families from Sudan, one from Russia, two from Burma and one from Iraq over the past decade.
As a church family, we extend a warm welcome, friendship and many resources to help these families adjust to their new country and to our city. Our sponsorship lasts three months, although the friendships often last much longer. The BCC Refugee Resettlement Team :
- locates an apartment and furnishes it with donations from the congregation
- provides transportation for the family for a period of time
- teaches the family to use public transportation
- gets the children settled in school
- accompanies family members to medical, dental, financial appointments
Among the church volunteers, we are usually able to provide persons with expertise in medicine, education and finance.