URBAN + MERCY
Individuals and teams are needed to help with mercy ministries established through local churches and other PCA organizations. This work varies at each location and is open to all ages
Haywood County, NC
Mercy- Outreach to residents of Haywood County, NC through Construction, Partnerships with non-profit ministries, Prison Ministries, Local Churches, Day Camps, Excursions
Embrace is a program of the non-profit Arise. Arise’s mission is to help families affected by disability discover hope, overcome barriers, move forward. Embrace serves families who have individuals with disabilities through various programs. The programs Embrace offers are monthly respite, day camp, after school programs, sensory friendly/accessible events (trunk or treat and egg hunts) and other events as we see necessary. Embrace serves over 50 families per month at our respite nights. We have a mailing list of over 110 families who have expressed interest in Embrace or attended Embrace.
Every year the Grace Meridian Hill (Washington DC) has a Fall Retreat to which they invite visitors and members to come together for three days and two nights in a beautiful and relaxing environment in order to have fellowship and learn together about a certain topic. This year Grace wants to have structured activities and lessons provided by a short term missions team throughout the Retreat so that the children can be engaged in a more structured and guided experience through play and bible learning, and so that parents and visitors can focus on learning and relaxing in community.
The work will be painting homes in the morning in east Hattiesburg, near Ebenezer Baptist Church, then participating in a backyard Bible school in the afternoons with United Christian Ministries.
“Our prayer is that every Urban Ministry Team (UMT) member will leave radicalized into a deeper relationship with God, a love for the poor and the city. We believe the UMT program will train and equip God’s people to be agents of mercy wherever God has called them to live.” -Paul Green, Executive Director, Hope for the Inner City
A year-round camp in Canton MS for children and young adults with developmental delays. Individuals and teams will work along side of the staff of Hope Hollow to serve children and young adults with special needs through the fellowship and adventure of a camp setting.
This is a unique culture that will inspire and reward everyone open to investing in it. Teams will partner with a new PCA church plant, Dayspring Community Church, as they serve together in both Word and deed! Homes are repaired, handicap decks and ramps are built and children’s lives are encouraged through Vacation Bible School (VBS) and Back Yard Bible Clubs. Relationship building is the key to positive ministry efforts. It’s through these relationships that doors open for sharing the Gospel. Team building and individual Christian growth are natural consequences of serving together in this overall Kingdom building opportunity!
We desire for the people of this particular communities to be reconciled to God, to enjoy the blessing of fruitful and meaningful relationships with their neighbors, and to flourish in the space where God has placed them. But it will take time, and we are committed long-term. We are committed to walk with this community. Hence our desire is that each short-term group that comes to serve see themselves as collaborators of this larger plan...
We have completed and are renting out three of the four apartments, but we can still use skilled and “teachable” volunteers to help rebuild the final apartment. Also, every Summer Living Hope runs a six-week gospel-based kids camp for 60-70 neighborhood children. They have built a reputation among families as an ideal summer camp, yet far less expensive than other camps in Chicago. Volunteer teams are needed to help provide support for the camp as well as provide assistance with the construction project. Living Hope welcomes teams any time of year, though, to help us with construction and on-going special outreach events.
Volunteer groups primarily serve alongside our Community Development Ministry on projects in and around our neighborhood. Community revitalization projects (construction/demolition/painting), widow ministry (yard work & domestic projects) and street clean-up are all activities that groups have done on our campus and in our community. In addition to our community development ministry, groups have the option to serve with our children's education & sports ministries.
Mullins, a town of roughly 5,000 people located in the Pee Dee Region of South Carolina, has suffered recently from the loss of industry and high unemployment. Many of its residents, as well as many others in surrounding communities, are still struggling to recover from the devastation of hurricane Matthew in 2016. Mission Mullins is a service project designed to reach out to those who are hurting in order to share Christ’s love through simple acts of service and expressions of Christian love.
The Charles H. Jones Family Disaster Response Center is the home of the Mission to North America (MNA) Disaster Response Warehouse and Disaster Readiness Training Center. This campus is a hub that is centrally located to the majority of the churches in the Presbyterian Church in America (PCA).
The MNA Disaster Response Warehouse is staffed with volunteers propelled by the gospel fuel of love-driven sacrifice. We would love for you to serve here! Volunteer teams normally serve Mondays – Fridays from 8:30 am to 4:00 pm ET. Dates to serve are available on a ‘first-come, first-serve’ basis.
Atlantic City, NJ
Our church plant is gaining traction for the Gospel in the neighborhoods we serve in Atlantic City. This summer is a vital time to keep the momentum God has blessed us with. Come join us for a week of intensive cross-cultural ministry training and to learn how to better serve the poor in a way that is both helpful to them and glorifying to Christ.
New City is an intentional multicultural at risk ministry and church that is embedded in an under resourced neighborhood. Our hope is to see our youth get the gospel and develop a passion for life, learning, leadership and God. Our prayer is to see hope brought into a youth, single mom or grandma's life! We are all about making a difference in one life.
For construction teams, we are repairing and building homes for the elderly, handicapped, and destitute. There is a great need for skilled laborers in everything from framing to roofing to the licensed trades. But if your team does not have skilled laborers we can still use you. We perform all aspects of home construction so there’s always a place for everyone to fit in.
In the summers we encourage youth mission teams to host VBS programs in the local parks. This typically targets the Hispanic population. We are open to other suggestions for ways to show Jesus to our community.
St. Louis, MO
Each summer, Restore St. Louis hosts various work teams at the New City Fellowship St. Louis campus. Teams come from all across America to learn, tutor, work, and teach in a structured week-long program. The Summer Urban Missions program is primarily designed for high school youth groups, but we have had family and junior high teams join us in the past. As an outreach ministry of Restore St. Louis, Summer Urban Missions is a collaboration of resources between New City Fellowship members and groups from other local churches, schools, businesses, etc. New City Fellowship generously provides (at no charge) their campus facilities, staff, and equipment, and other resources...
Oklahoma City, OK
The Workday exists to engage and equip the body of Christ to do Spirit-led deeds of justice and mercy primarily on Oklahoma City's Eastside. We do this both because the need is great and because poverty and oppression can be found most anywhere, and God calls us as his children to enter in and to demonstrate his love and goodness. It is our hope and prayer that as volunteers serve with us they will be empowered to replicate the same thing in their own communities. We LOVE to host teams, so if your group is looking for a way to serve for a morning, weekend, or week-long summer team we would love to talk about hosting your group!
Serve the City works to connect great volunteers with great organizations in Baltimore. We provide our volunteers with the resources and training they need to understand the context of Baltimore and engage meaningfully with the partners we serve. Serve the City welcomes mission teams from all over throughout the year. Teams will have opportunity to serve in varied project throughout the City.
The mission of Streets Ministries is to serve impoverished youth in the Memphis metropolitan area by unconditionally representing the Good News of Jesus Christ in word and deed in such a way that underserved adolescents have the opportunity to see, hear, and respond to the Good News of the Gospel, and to be empowered to live a life of obedience to God.