At Faith CRC we believe that we are called to be Christ's ambassadors in the community. Jesus taught, "I have not come to be served, but to serve and give my life as a ransom" (Mark 10:45). Whatever your interest or skill, you can be the hands and feet of Jesus, you can change lives through serving in our ministries to the community.
Crossroad Bible Institute has been working since 1984 to provide people in prison with a faith-based reentry education, equip the church to make disciples, guide inmates into reentry agencies upon their release and educate the church on criminal and restorative justice issues. Crossroad Bible Institute has trained over 5,000 volunteers, with 30 from Faith CRC, to equip, disciple and encourage people in prison with the Word of God. This is a ministry you can do right at home. Visit the CBI website for more information.
PADS (Public Action to Deliver Shelter) provides temporary shelter, and transitional and permanent housing for people without homes. They encourage responsibility and offer opportunities for self-sufficiency. Once a month, from September—April, Saturday evening through Sunday morning, Faith CRC organizes volunteers to provide overnight shelter for men, women and families at a local church. The spirit of hospitality is a priority, as well as respect for each person. Staff and volunteers provide dinner, breakfast, and a bag lunch, sleeping space and support activities. For more information visit the PADS website.
Shoebox Ministry serves children who are patients at Loyola Children's Hospital. A team from Faith puts together and delivers care packages monthly for children from birth up to age 18.
Every child has a story. For 2.7 million children in the U.S., that story is filled with the abandonment, loneliness and shame that come from having a mom or dad in prison. For many, it may also include following their parents down the same destructive road to incarceration. Faith CRC participates as a church in the Angel Tree program which provides Christmas gifts to children of prisoners.
Jesus spent His life on earth reaching out to people, teaching, healing and helping them grow closer to God. As a disciple of Jesus, we are called to do the same. Faith CRC offers a number of opportunities throughout the year to go on service projects and be actively involved in touching the lives of others in real and practical ways.