Respite ministry serves our local community by providing respite care for children with special needs on a 1:1 ratio one Saturday every two months for a total of 3 hours. It is amazing what a little play time and few hours of respite can mean for a family, that is why we do what we do
Whenever we have a "Fifth Sunday" in a month, we gather at church for a time of prayer at 9:30am and then we head out into the community to worship through acts of service! Some months we partner with Food4Kids and bring brunch to the local Firehouse, other months we may be doing some creation care at a local park. In addition to outside projects, we also have a group that usually stays behind at the church building to write cards to service members, college students, homebound members, etc. There is something for everyone!
Thousands of area students depend upon free lunch programs for the majority of their meals. On weekends and holidays when school isn’t in session, these kids often go hungry – and they return to class too undernourished to focus on learning. Food4Kids sends these students home with food to help them bridge that gap, be it a standard weekend or the long summer break.
The Food 4 Kids program is in need of the following items in their efforts to combat food insecurity for children in the Greater Gainesville area. These may be dropped off Sunday mornings in the Celebration sanctuary basket marked accordingly.
- Boxed (Shelf-stable) Milk
- Cereal - Individual Boxes
- Canned Meats: Tuna, Chicken, Vienna Sausage, etc.
- Canned goods: Veggies, Pasta, Beans, and Fruit Cups
- Peanut Butter & Jelly (No glass jars.)
- Mac & Cheese, individual if possible.
- Snack Crackers & Granola Bars
Please keep in mind when purchasing these non-perishable items that often the children are preparing their own food. Wherever possible, pop-top cans and plastic jars are safer than glass jars or cans needing a can opener.