Central’s Witness Ministries strive “to confront oppression and injustice and to extend God’s boundless hospitality to all.” We witness to our faith in a God of justice and dignity through acts of service and also through advocacy, understanding that both are necessary and important.
You are encouraged to join in any of these ministries! Your individual witness strengthens our witness as a congregation.
The Food Pantry is open the last Saturday of each month from 10:15 am to 12:00 noon; doors open at 9:45 am. “Shoppers” are not asked about their income or required to show an I.D., and they are allowed to choose for themselves what they prefer to eat. Starting in January 2019, it will also be open the second Saturday of each month.
Food to stock the shelves comes from Gleaners Food Bank, the Indianapolis Fruit Company, a yearly food drive of Speedway Christian Church, purchases at Aldi’s and other groceries, and donations from individuals. In addition to food donations, it will take about $800 per month to purchase the additional food needed. These funds come from the church budget, an annual fund-raising effort, designated gifts from individuals, profits of the Thrift Shop, and a grant from the Canfield Trust Fund.
Central’s Thrift Shop is open every Monday from 10:00 am to 2:30 pm and the last Saturday of the month (during the Food Pantry) from 10:00 am to 11:30 am. The Thrift Shop has been operating in the church basement for over 40 years. In that time, the shop has raised hundreds of thousands of dollars to support many social service agencies as well as the pastor’s discretionary funds of Central and Zionsville Christian Churches. It also supports some of Central’s other Witness ministries. Agencies supported include Damian Center, Noble Centers, Julian Center, Wishard Foundation, Gleaners Food Bank, Dayspring Center, Craine House, and Faith in Indiana.
Operating with volunteers from Central Christian Church and Zionsville Christian Church, the shop provides low-cost household items, clothing, cookware, books, toys, and many other items. You can find Federal Building employees shopping alongside homeless folks. Only donated items are sold and tax receipts for donations are provided upon request.
The Free Clothing shop is open every Monday from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm. “Shoppers” are required to check in and they may select a change of clothes and receive a hygiene kit every two months. Some items such pillows, blankets, backpacks, hats, belts, and gloves may only be taken every six months.
Donations come from Central Christian and area churches and from Church World Service (blankets). In addition to items donated, additional items must be purchased. Items purchased include jeans, men’s and women’s underwear, gloves, and hygiene items. Funds for these purchases come from the church budget, an annual clothing/funds donation effort, designated gifts from individuals, profits of the Thrift Shop, and a grant from the Canfield Trust Fund.
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
Central invites members and neighbors to share breakfast together on Easter mornings. We are often joined by a number of our homeless neighbors.
Needles for Love
Individuals who knit or crochet make items that are distributed to those in need of them and throws for our graduating seniors.
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.