Serving the Community and the World in Christ’s Name
“Show me your faith apart from your works, and I will show you my faith by my works.” James, 2:18 While these Christian congregations represent distinctly different denominations, they have many ministries and missions in common and often work together to help their brothers and sisters in need in the community and throughout the world. Their community outreach ministries include Wake Interfaith Hospitality Network (WIHN), Wake Habitat for Humanity, Urban Ministries, Filling in the Gaps (FIGS), the Shepherd’s Table Soup Kitchen, Meals on Wheels, Interfaith Food Shuttle, Wake Relief, The Green Chair Project, Wake Interfaith Disaster Team, Methodist Home for Children and Central Children’s Home. Through volunteers and donations, these congregations work with men and women in prison; maintain computer-assisted job training programs; provide medical supplies and care for the ill and suffering, including those with AIDS and HIV; furnish meals, elder care and health and wellness services for older adults; and support children’s and students’ ministries including healthy baby programs, preschools, book bag drives, vacation Bible schools, tutorial services, Christmas gift ministries, and spiritual and physical support for local college and university students.
Many of these historic churches also offer the use of their parish facilities, freely providing classroom and meeting space for numerous local organizations, such as The Healing Place for Women, StepUp Ministries, SAFEchild, Triangle Family Services, Wake County GED classes, AA, NA, and Al-Anon. In addition to Hispanic and migrant farm worker ministries in Raleigh and Eastern North Carolina, the missions and ministries of the downtown Raleigh churches participating in the annual Community Historic Church Walk reach far beyond the local community, with domestic and international missions in New Orleans, Mexico, Haiti, Belize, Honduras, Nicaragua, Zambia, Liberia, Congo, Botswana and other locations across the globe. Many of the churches have participated in parish-wide service days, as well, packaging life-saving meals that will be distributed to starving populations throughout the world by the triangle-based organization, Stop Hunger Now.
In April, 2012, The Community of Historic Churches organized its first GOT STUFF? Joint Donation Day, which was held in the parking lot of The Green Chair Project. Volunteers from the churches and several local organizations helped process and sort the many items donated to benefit each other’s numerous outreach missions and ministries. In three hours, more than 75 cars and trucks were unloaded. The donations collected went directly to the churches' outreach ministries and missions -- including The Green Chair Project. Wake Habitat joined the event in 2013.