"Mission" is the expression of the love of God to those outside the body of Christ at Central College.
Using the geographical model for mission found in the book of Acts, our mission begins where we are in Westerville, Ohio, but then extends to the larger metropolitan area, then to this region of the United States, and then finally into the international community. Central College mission engages disciples of all ages in reaching out to others.
Adopt-A-Child For Christmas
This is one of the Deacons’ largest projects. During the months of October and November we take referrals to provide at least two Christmas presents per child to families that are unable to provide their children with gifts. In December, the congregation brings the presents back to the church and we have one night to sort all of the gifts and make sure they are all there. This is where we can use a lot of hands! Presents are provided to over 500 children annually. In this program, the names of children are received from several different organizations including West 2nd Avenue Presbyterian Church, NativeAmericanIndianCenter, Central Community House and the Mount Vernon Avenue District Improvement Association, all of which are in the poorest neighborhoods in Columbus. Referrals are also taken from any of our church members. The distribution efforts are intense as we sort the gifts, organize them, and distribute them within a two day period. Get Involved.
Bryden House is an apartment building which was converted from the old St. Ann’s Hospital on Bryden Road in Columbus.A large portion of its residents are mentally and physically challenged adults.For the last four years, CentralCollegehas been providing a brunch for residents on the third and fourth Saturday of each month.On these days, a team of 7-9 people travel to Bryden House and serve these meals to the residents.This 2-hour Saturday commitment proves to be rewarding for both the residents and the team. Get Involved. -------------------- CCPC also facilitates providing used furniture for the Bryden House residents. If you have good used furniture which you'd like to donate, get the details HERE.
First Sunday For Food Pantry
On the first Sunday of each month church members are asked to bring to church food donations for the food pantry. There are grocery carts at the main entrances. Volunteers are needed to help collect the food and then shelve at . Get Involved.
Our food pantry currently provides food to approximately 160 families monthly. Three days of food is given to each family recipient. About 80% of the food is purchased from the Mid-Ohio Food Bank. The remainder comes from donations given by our church members, scouts, schools, and local businesses. Much of this is received through the generous First Sunday donations. First Link (a United Way agency) refers needy clients to our pantry after they have been through a screening process. Deacons and church members donate their time in sorting and stocking food on the pantry shelves. Get Involved.
The Deacons have a representative that coordinates the needs of church members with volunteers that are willing to help those in need. The requests range from temporarily providing meals to yard work and more. Click HEREfor more on Helping Hands.
Holiday Food Baskets
This is another one of the Deacons’ largest projects.We provide over 600 food “baskets” for both Thanksgiving and Christmas. The food fills 3 paper grocery bags and should sustain the family in need for three to four days. Volunteers fill the bags for distribution and the bags are picked up by local organizations including West Second Avenue Presbyterian, NortheastActionCenter, COMACO and the Native American Indian community. Referrals are also taken
from church members. Distribution efforts are intense. We organize the food and distribute within two days. Over 150 volunteers help the Deacons provide food baskets to the community. Get Involved.
Mid-Ohio Food Bank
Once a month Deacon volunteers visit the Mid-Ohio Food Bank of Columbus to help sort donated food from area retailers. Get Involved.
Miracle Mountain of Food
Miracle Mountain is a food drive which supports the food pantry efforts. We have three food drives through out the year.
1) Summer - August - more focus on school supplies. 2) Fall - November - general needs focus. 3) Spring - March of April - general needs focus.
Open Shelter Lunches
Once a month, the Open Shelter team at Central College Church prepares 175 sack lunches for delivery to the Open Shelter; the first 24-hour emergency walk-in shelter in Ohio for those who are forced to sleep “on the streets”, on park benches, and under bushes. The Central College Church Open Shelter team meets at on the Wednesday before the second Thursday of each month. Preparing the sack lunches takes about an hour. Get Involved.
The Deacons organize several blood drives each year. However, blood can be donated to the Red Cross throughout the year. The donor can indicate CentralCollegeChurch as their organization. Get Involved.
The Deacons along with volunteers from the church greet everyone on Sundays. Volunteers sign up to greet at designated church entrances to offer a smile, a warm welcome and help directing visitors. Get Involved.
One week during December the Deacons help West 2nd Avenue Church provide a place for children of less fortunate families to purchase gifts for their family at very minimum prices. Donations are collected for gifts that can be purchased by the children. The Deacons help staff the store and help the children with wrapping. Get Involved.
St. John's Soup Kitchen
The Community Kitchen sets in the heart of the south end of Downtown Columbus on Ohio Ave. It is in the basement of a St John's Church. This kitchen accepts anyone that comes..... serving lunch six days each week. They also have a clothing room. Central College has provided clothing to this private none profit organization for several years. This year is not different. It is time to start getting ready for the winter months. If you have clothing or blanket that you not longer need, please leave them at the church. The drop off area is off the south entrance of the church in the hallway. These items are picked up every two weeks or as necessary and taken to the community Kitchen. Get Involved.
Summer Concert Series
The Deacons staff the concessions for lawn concerts on Sunday evenings in the summer. They staff everything from the popcorn machine to the grill to the line. Hamburgers, hot dogs, brats, chips, cookies and sodas are sold to the concert attendees. Get Involved.
Is God calling you to be involved? Click HERE and we'll be in touch with details.