CHANGE THE WORLD WEEKEND
Each year in May we have one service, and then are sent out into our community to serve. We partner with Gahanna Jefferson City Schools, Gahanna Parks and Rec, and other organizations to better Gahanna. On this day we also assist individual home owners on projects that they are unable to do. What better way to be the hands and feet of Jesus! Join us this year when we Change the World for Christ.
GRIN (Gahanna residents in need)
GRIN is a community wide, faith based organization committed to helping the residents of the Gahanna-Jefferson school district in a time of need. We support financially, by serving, and clothing and food donations. Donations can be dropped off at 760 Morrison Road, Gahanna Suites A and B. For hours of operation and more info visit http://www.grin4gahanna.org or call 614.214.4747.
NNEMap Food Pantry
Stonybrook is a sponsor of one of the largest food pantries in Franklin County, NNEMAP provides over 29,000 people with a 3-day supply of food twice a month. Help support our commitment to this worthy cause through your donations of funds and food products. Check their website for a list of current needs and upcoming events.
Bill Glass Beyond the walls
Bill Glass BEHIND THE WALLS is a Dallas-based ministry, started by former NFL player Bill Glass. With a dedicated staff and volunteers numbering in the thousands, the ministry is known for its high-energy Day of Champions and Weekend of Champions events conducted inside prisons across the country. Bill says a board member kept badgering him to take his message into prison. “I kept resisting. I was frightened that I wouldn’t fit in with street kids and gangsters in prison.” After overcoming his fears, he saw dramatic results. “I was thrown into it kicking and screaming, but the response from the inmates was just unbelievable,” he said. For more information contact Dan Shupe at DanShupe.email@example.com.
Changing Hearts, Transforming Lives, Impacting the World
During the initial Kairos weekend, Kairos volunteers serve as God’s instrument through which His love, grace and mercy are expressed to the participants/guests in a real and profound way. God begins changing hearts.
Following their weekend experience, participants/guests are encouraged to take responsibility for their life choices and their relations with God; they are invited to engage in small accountability groups. Kairos volunteers continue to return monthly to provide mentoring and guidance through these accountability groups. It is here that Kairos participants/guests begin to replace old ways of thinking with new and they learn they are not alone on this journey. They realize there is a hope for a future. The prison environment begins to change; family relationships start to heal…..God is transforming lives.
IMPACTING THE WORLD
As the Kairos community inside a prison grows and begins to gain influence, the incidences of violence decreases. Incarcerated participants who are released re-enter the outside world with a God centered, perspective and focus on becoming productive citizens. Female family members find support, strength and encouragement. Youthful offenders acquire new God centered values and change their direction in life. Families are reunited with a hope for the future.
For more information or to sign up to be a part of this ministry contact Dan Shupe at DanShupe.firstname.lastname@example.org.
FREE COMMUNITY LUNCH
This is a partnership with Peace Lutheran Church to provide a meal each Sunday for those who desire it. Our Sunday is the 4th Sunday of each month. We provide the food, prepare it, and serve it at Peace. To sign up to serve or for questions email email@example.com.
HISPANIC AND LATINO MINISTRY
Located just south of Gahanna on Steltzer Road, this is a ministry of the United Methodist Church that serves members of Gahanna and Columbus' Hispanic and Latino communities. Opportunities are available to support the many activities there, in areas such as tutoring; Bible Study; ESL classes; school supplies; Christmas gifts; and medical clinic support. Contact: Rosie Sheldon at firstname.lastname@example.org
GAHANNA SUMMER LUNCH PROGRAM
This is a citywide cooperative project that provides lunch for students and their families during the summer. We commit to one week each summer. Servants are needed to prepare food at the church and deliver to the lunch location; on-site helpers are needed to serve food to the students. Contact: Emily Keener email@example.com
Victory Ministries: REading Buddies
Volunteer to work with the same student each week during the student's lunch hour. Materials are provided by the school. The emphasis is on building a relationship with the student as well as helping them with school work. This year we will be serving at Kae Elementary in Whitehall with specifically 1st graders. Contact: Nonie Dachenbach at firstname.lastname@example.org
For a list of service opportunities please click HERE.