MINISTRIES & ACTIVITIES
The Welcome Table
The Welcome Table has currently been suspended due to COVID-19
You may have driven by “The Welcome Table” sign out on Todds Lane. In late January 2020 we entered our 6th year, having served over 30,047 meals thus far!
You are invited to join us as guest or as a volunteer in this effort to make God’s love known in this community. Tuesday nights, at 6 PM sharp, the doors of our social hall open with the aroma of fresh home-style food. Guests are welcomed, seated at dressed out tables and then served by volunteer wait staff.
Our guests are of every race, ethnicity, and economic status, singles and families, secure and homeless, seniors and children, working and those living paycheck to paycheck. Everyone who comes to the door is welcomed with respect and warmth.
Our team of cooks makes every effort to offer our free, tasty and balanced meals for an average of 120-155 guests, as we address both hunger/food insecurity and create a hospitable place of community where ALL are welcome. The menu is generally posted to our Facebook page on Tuesday afternoons, or call the church office (757-826-0711) before 2 pm.
Guests and volunteers mingle and often share concerns and joys, as our guests are invited to bless the food and share joyous occasions such as birthdays and wedding anniversaries. The pastor and others spend time with our guests, many of whom become familiar faces and whose stories we learn and concerns we share. Upon leaving the table, our guests can take advantage of free groceries plus all the bread they want, which we are grateful to receive from our Foodbank partners.
Every week some 20-30 volunteers, made up of members of our congregation, others from the neighborhood, nearby churches and service members gather to put together the Welcome Table meal. There is a lot of laughter and joy shared during the Monday morning preparation and then Tuesday afternoon set up, the dinner, and clean-up. Interested in volunteering, please let us know!
A majority of the food we use is donated to us by partners of the Virginia Peninsula Foodbank (Food Lion, WalMart and Panera Bread). Some of the cost is covered by donations to the church in an account designated for “The Welcome Table.” We gladly accept monetary donations or you can check our up-to-date wish list of food items in the newsletter that can be found on the church website.
NOTE: The Welcome Table has been closed since March of 2020, due to the pandemic. However, in order to continue the feeding ministry that started with the Welcome Table, a small team of cooks has partnered with Four Oaks Day Center to prepare hot lunches every Wednesday for the homeless in Newport News, having delivered over 3500 hot meals during the past year. Additionally, breakfasts are prepared weekly and distributed by the Hampton Ecumenical Lodging and Provisions (HELP) to the homeless in Hampton.
At First Christian Church Hampton, we strive for God-honoring worship through song. Many church members get involved in our music ministry. We are small in numbers, but mighty in strength. Our vocal and handbell choirs is an important part of the ministry of our church, using their talents and gifts to glorify God.
The usher team at our church fills an important role. They are involved in directing attendees to their seats, ensuring the safety of the building during services, guiding traffic, helping visitors, answering questions, providing direction, unlocking doors, locking doors, and generally ensuring that the service can proceed problem-free. The usher team is a servant-hearted group of men and women whose ministry is integral to church life.
Embarking on using media to spread the gospel is a new endeavor to us. In an age of widespread technology, we are working to use these tools as best as possible for kingdom purposes. We are currently live streaming our worship services. We also plan to have all of our weekly sermons uploaded to our website in video and audio formats. We also are striving to maintain an active Facebook feed for additional church communication. Please be sure to like and follow us on Facebook and subscribe to our YouTube channel.
If you would like to be a member of this team, please contact us and let us know.
Christian Men's Fellowship
Christian Men’s Fellowship (CMF) is an organized group of church men who meet once a month, third Thursday at 6/30 PM , to discuss church property needs and the needs of church members. All men of the church are encouraged to support the CMF and to help in the maintenance of the building and grounds. Once a quarter there is a district meeting held at one of the district churches where the host church provides a meal followed by a program and business meeting. The CMF has hosted church dinners where funds have been raised to support “Special Camp” for handicap persons at the regional camp grounds in Craig Springs, in western Virginia. Twice a year the CMF directs a church cleanup day as we move from Summer to Winter and from Winter to Summer.
Christian Women's Fellowship
The IRENE SEWARD class is an adult class for men and women of all ages. Teaching is based on a quarterly lesson plan from passages of scripture from both Old and New Testament material. There are currently two class teachers, Dick Garrett and Charlene Vinyard, who rotate on a monthly cycle. Classes are both lecture and discussion and all are encouraged to participate and provide input. The class meets in the church parlor in a relaxed atmosphere and everyone is made to feel welcome.
The SALTY CHRISTIANS class is also an adult class, right now of women, but we would gladly welcome and encourage any gentlemen who would like to join us to do so. Our youngest member is 40 and our oldest is 91. We are a very active group. We are always looking for ways to share the love of God with others. On April 10th, 2018 we delivered the first 20 “Cancer Comfort Bags” (toiletry bags filled with a variety of items to help a patient’s first chemo treatment to be a little less frightening). To date we have delivered 520 bags to Riverside Cancer Clinic. We have provided reading scholarships for 2 students for a summer reading program for several years. We sent a $500 graduation gift to a very special friend of the class. We gave $500 to Tarrant Middle School for a faculty/staff breakfast at the beginning of the school year. For many years we have chosen our own study materials but usually look for studies that help us apply scripture and Christ like living to our daily life. Our current study is Beth Moore’s study of Paul. Linda Kuster leads the discussions in which all are encouraged to participate and share.
The THIRD CLASS is for our young people and will be taught by Ann Maninga. She and our young folks will be decorating their room and creating an exciting, welcoming, safe learning space. They also, will be choosing a name for their class. To get started, Ann will be using movies to open thought provoking discussion into life lessons. Their first study will be the #1 inspirational movie OVERCOMER from the Kendrick Brothers. Through this study they will realize that God’s light can shine through every facet of their identity. They will learn how the light of God’s Word can shape their identity, and teach them how it can change and shape their life as well. They will discover that the culture will try to define them, but this world is starving for something different that comes only from the creative genius of our God. Right now those who will participate in the class range in age from 10 to 13. At this time the class is very small but we hope others will soon join them.
Hopefully, those who participated in Sunday School before the pandemic have missed it and are truly ready to be back and those who have not been part of a class will feel the call to join in. Classes meet from 9:30-10:30. Each of the classes will provide a wonderful time of fellowship and great learning experiences.