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!
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. Additionally, breakfasts are prepared weekly and distributed by the Hampton Ecumenical Lodging and Provisions (HELP) to the homeless in Hampton.
On April 1, 2020 we began preparing lunches for the Four Oaks Day Center and are continuing at present. In November, 2020 we began to prepare bagged breakfasts for HELP’s “A Night’s Welcome” which continued through March when they closed. The following week we began delivering breakfasts to the HELP Day Center in Buckroe which is continuing at present.
65 to 75 hot lunches are prepared every week that are picked up by Four Oaks and 36 breakfasts and whatever leftovers from lunch remain are delivered to the HELP Day Center in Buckroe.
By February of 2021, we had worked through all of the meat in our freezers and the majority of the canned and dry foods. Up until that time, the only things that we spent money on were eggs, milk, butter, and containers for the hot lunches. In February, we began shopping at the Food Bank every week and they have kept us well stocked in food.
Total meals prepared from November, 2020 thru August, 2021 are as follows:
- 4,860 Lunches picked up by Four Oaks Day Center, Newport News from 4/1/20 – 8/25/21
- 498 breakfasts delivered to A Night’s Welcome at Central United Methodist Church from
11/18/20 – 3/17/21
- 575 breakfasts delivered to HELP Day Center in Buckroe from 3/24/21 – 8/25/21
- 169 lunches delivered to HELP Day Center in Buckroe from 6/30/21 – 8/25/21
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 Vineyard, 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.
Partnership with Tarrant Middle School
One of the outreach ministries of our congregation is assisting the young people at Tarrant Middle School, which certainly helps the teachers too! Take advantage of the sales which happen over the summer, which as every child knows… is too short!
Recommended: #2 pencils, pens, highlighters, loose-leaf (lined) paper, erasers, colored pencils, dry erase markers, index cards, composition books, spiral single-subject notebooks, 5-subject notebooks w/pocket dividers, pocket folders – with or without prongs), binders with zipper pouch, backpacks, flash drive/jump drive, bottles of glue, and hand-held pencil sharpeners which catch shavings. Any glue sticks and 24-count box crayons received will go to Alfred S. Forrest Elementary School).
A box will be kept in the narthex/greeting area to receive your donations through August 29th. If you have the money but not the time or legs to hit the school supply sales, Brenda Wilkerson will be glad to assist you. (She is amazing with making those dollars stretch!) If you need her to pick them up from your place, she will also assist!
American Red Cross Blood Drive
As the nation actively responds and navigates this evolving pandemic, we are all having to make difficult decisions to ensure our health and safety. In response to the CDC updated guidance, the American Red Cross has updated its pandemic safety protocols. Here’s what you need to know:
- All individuals at blood drives must wear a face mask regardless of vaccination status, effective Aug 9.
- Safety is our priority; this update is due to nearly two-thirds of U.S. counties having high or substantial transmission of COVID-19 and cases are increasing with the Delta variant.
- The Red Cross recognizes that the current CDC guidance states that only areas of high or substantial transmission need to resume mask wearing. Transmission rates at the county level are constantly changing and our goal is to implement a single, organization-wide policy that is safe and consistent for our staff and members of the public who engage with our mission.
- We understand that the resumption of mask wearing is frustrating and disappointing for many and appreciate your cooperation during this uncertain time.
We ask that you pre-register for the blood drive by visiting the official Red Cross website here and enter “fcctodds” to schedule an appointment.
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Like many blood recipients, Emily will need lifesaving transfusions for the foreseeable future. View Emily’s Story here.