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 last Saturday 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 10am to 2:30pm. 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.
IndyCAN IndyCan webiste
Central is part of a local network that is part of a national organization called PICO ( http://www.piconetwork.org/) In Indianapolis that network is called Indianapolis Congregation Action Network or IndyCAN.
Together, clergy and laity visited over 25 influencial service providers, policy makers, and public officials to learn about 3 system that emerged as critical to the future of Indianapolis after IndyCAN leaders visited with over 1,000 African-American, Latino, and white families, which included;
- Opportunity System (Job Creation, Education & Training, Transportation)
- Public Safety & Criminal Justice System
- Housing & Health System
A few examples of what we learned:
IndyCAN leaders learned of an evidence-based model 'Ceasefire' that has proven to cut homicides 30-60% in cities across the country. Indianapolis has pieces of this model, yet a decision to fund full implementation could drastically reduce violence across the city.
As the economy begins to recover, many families will still be locked out of jobs if the career pathways aren't created. Many hoosiers don't have the skills to compete for the jobs of the future (Healthcare & IT fields) and jobs are located far away without transportation. This fall a proposed transit plan could create 5,000 new jobs and define access to employment for the next decade.
Our faithful response to God’s call is to protect and provide for the needs of all families in our city. Join faith leaders from across Marion County to learn how we can take concrete steps to create change, and shape IndyCAN's strategy as we move toward acting together. Training will prepare us to move from research to action.