Christ Church operates several ministries, and also partners with community organizations to extend Jesus’ love. Serving in God's name is a natural progression in the life of faith. As we grow closer to our Creator, we naturally want to reach out and serve people in need. We encourage everyone in the Christ Church community to let the Spirit guide them in this process.
Alzheimer Unit Worship
Every Sunday, a team of servants goes to the Alzheimer's residence at John Knox Village to sing familiar hymns and share devotions with the residents, their families and the staff. Volunteers are blessed by the opportunity to see memories stirred and to offer encouragement to those attending. If this ministry interests you, please call the church office, 954.771.7300, to be put in touch with ministry leaders.
The Backpack Project at Christ Church is an annual effort devoted to providing backpacks filled with school supplies to students in need at elementary, middle and high schools, and to those who participate in other Christ Church ministries for children of the less fortunate. Early each summer, volunteers begin to collect donations of backpacks, supplies, and monetary gifts toward the goal of assembling 1000 backpacks by early August. Volunteers also help put supplies in the backpacks, prepare them for distribution to schools, and finally, deliver them to the designated schools. This project is co-sponsored by the Gracious Energetic Motivated Servers (GEMS) and the FREEWAY Student Ministry. Ways to help with this annual project include donating items needed, using an online service to deliver your donation directly to the church, or volunteering to help assemble or deliver backpacks.
Blessings Food Pantry
The Blessings Food Pantry, located on the Christ Church Pompano Beach campus, provides food to families and individuals in need. The pantry is open Monday through Thursday, 9am-12noon, and on Saturday, 10am-12noon. Click here for more information about ways to serve at the pantry.
Carry Out For Kids
Carry Out for Kids works with Broward County Title 1 schools to send food home with children who are chronically hungry or food insecure. Located on the Christ Church Pompano Beach campus, the ministry receives food through donations and drives, and makes purchases with monetary gifts designated for Carry Out for Kids. The ministry works with schools to identify students in need, and then volunteers gather to sort and pack the food bags. The filled bags are delivered to the designated schools on Thursdays. Click here to see beautiful handmade thank-you cards from recipients at Cypress Elementary. To volunteer, or for more information, please click here to contact team leader Mark Thomason.
God’s Little Lambs
God's Little Lambs provides quality, low-cost, Christian child care in a happy and safe learning environment, Monday through Friday, 7am-6pm. More than 100 children are enrolled each year, ages 6 weeks to pre-kindergarten, and from of all cultural backgrounds and religious faiths. Located at Harris Chapel, 2351 NW 26th Street in Oakland Park, God’s Little Lambs is a 501c3 corporation, and donations are tax deductible. Volunteers assist teachers by reading to and interacting with the children, sharing simple craft projects, and helping with day-to-day care. To ensure the safety of the children, volunteers must have a background check conducted by God's Little Lambs.
Habitat For Humanity
Habitat for Humanity is a Christian ministry dedicated to eradicating substandard housing by building simple, decent, affordable homes. Families who receive Habitat homes make monthly payments on a no-profit, no-interest mortgage, and each family is expected to contribute 500 hours of sweat equity working with Habitat volunteers. Habitat homes are affordable, in large part, because volunteers keep construction costs down. Volunteers from Christ Church participate in several build projects each year. For details about planned build days, and to sign up, please click here.
The members of the Helping Hands team perform simple home repairs at no cost to those unable to perform those tasks for themselves. They provide services such as changing light bulbs, simple plumbing, painting, pressure cleaning, and several other types of general house repairs. Helping Hands volunteers may also help prepare homes when a hurricane threatens our community. If you or someone you know in Broward County, Florida, is in need of this type of assistance, please click here to complete the Helping Hands Repair Request form, or call the church office at 954.771.7300.
Love In Action Fort Lauderdale
Love in Action Fort Lauderdale is Christ Church's ministry to provide meals and fellowship for individuals and families experiencing homelessness or financial difficulty. The first two Thursdays of each month, a team of volunteers prepares up to 250 hot meals in the Christ Church Fort Lauderdale kitchen. The meals are then delivered to an off-site location where a second team of volunteers helps to set up, serve the meals, and clean up. The third and fourth Thursdays of the month, the meals are prepared in the Pompano Beach kitchen by another group of volunteers. Click here to sign up for volunteer opportunities in this ministry.
Love in Action Pompano Beach hosts Dinner Church
In July 2015, God led Christ Church to begin a shared meal ministry at the Pompano Beach Campus. This community has grown to include up to 200 people on Sunday afternoons. On Easter Sunday 2019, this gathering became a full-fledged worshiping community. Beginning with the shared meal at 2pm in the Pompano Beach Sanctuary, these individuals worship with a devotion and celebration of Holy Communion each week. Shared meals are also available Tuesday, Thursday and Friday evenings. Click here for more information about volunteer opportunities in this ministry.
Mother’s Day Shoe Fund
In recognition of Mother's Day each year, many worshipers make donations in honor or in memory of their mothers. Each dedication helps to purchase shoes for children in need for the start of the new school year. Special envelopes are distributed in worship and are available in the church office. In 2019, more than 350 gift cards were distributed to children in need served by God's Little Lambs, Faith in Action, Hope South Florida, Jack and Jill Children's Center, Little Schoolhouse, Children's Diagnostic and Treatment Center, Christ Church Early Learning Center (now Little walker's Early Learning Center) and Christ Church Children's Ministry. For more information about the Mother's Day Shoe Fund, please click here to contact Judy Ambrose.