Our Witness Ministry Team facilitates the outreach and justice ministries at Central. This team coordinates community outreach, world outreach and social justice ministries at Central. These ministries include, but are not limited to, the Thrift Store, Free Clothing, Food Pantry, Fair Trade, the Equal Exchange Cart, Alternative Giving Market, Recycling, Movies for Justice, Needles for Love, the Easter Breakfast, Witness Luncheons and Walks to support issues of concern. For more information please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Food Pantry is open the 2nd and last Saturdays of each month. This team coordinates the 40 plus volunteers and manages the operation of the pantry. Currently the pantry served an average of 185 individuals each month, representing an average of 90 households. The food that is distributed is purchased from Gleaner’s Food Bank, donated by the congregation, or purchased using the money in the budget - or from designated funds.
We are grateful to the Indianapolis Fruit Co. for partnering with us to assist with provisions for our downtown neighbors by donating fresh produce each month.
Central’s Thrift Shop is open every Monday from 10:00 AM to 2:30 PM. The Thrift Shop is also open the last Saturday of each month (during the Food Pantry) from 10-11:30am. Staffed entirely by volunteers, the Thrift Shop offers clothing, shoes, and miscellaneous household items at reasonable prices, with money raised going to support ministries in our community. A longtime partnership with Zionsville Christian Church provides essential volunteers as well as donated items.
The Free Clothing Shop at Central officially opened in 2003 and is open for business each Monday from 10am to noon. Those in need of clothing may come once every two months and shop for an outfit. Besides clothing, the Free Clothing Shop provides a hygiene kit to each client which includes a toothbrush, toothpaste, soap, washcloth, deodorant, and a razor.
This ministry is grateful for financial donations as well as clothing, pillows, blankets, coats, shoes and hygiene items. If you are free on a Monday morning, come down and visit with those who are working.
Alternative Giving Market
For several years Central has held an Alternative Giving Market on the first three Sundays in Advent (late November/December) following worship. The Market affords the congregation the opportunity to give gifts that make a difference in the community and throughout the world and to raise money for the ministries of Central Christian Church and for other ecumenical organizations such as Week of Compassion, Church World Service and Habitat for Humanity.
Community Easter Breakfast
On Easter morning Central opens its door to the community and invites all who will come to join in a breakfast celebration. It is a great opportunity to share a meal with our neighbors. All are welcome.
Needles for Love
Throughout the year, many members of Central Christian Church meet to knit or crochet items for others such as prayer shawls, baby blankets, baby hats, lap robes and burial buntings. Each is given to local agencies such as The Julian Center, a shelter for victims of domestic violence and local hospitals.
The CROP (Communities Responding to Poverty) Walk is an annual fundraising event sponsored by Church World Service to raise money to combat hunger in Indianapolis.
Faith in Indiana (formerly IndyCAN)
The Central Team (sometimes referred to as the Central LOC for Local Organizing Committee) was formed in 2012 to learn about faith-based community organizing. Joined with dozens of congregations of diverse faiths, races, and ethnicities, Central strives to lift up the voices of the marginalized and to work for racial and economic equity in central Indiana. Faith in Indiana focuses on achieving systemic change and insists that public policy decision-making include those who will be most impacted by the policies. The Faith in Indiana model focuses on developing relationships through one-to-one conversations within and among our communities, as well as building a movement of prophetic resistance.