Mission & Values

Food, Clothing, & Prayer

Throughout our history, we have been called to reach out to “the least, the lost, and the alone” in and around the downtown Canton area. We embody Christ’s call to serve locally through our Food, Clothing, and Prayer Ministry; our Community Pantry; our partnership with Habitat’s ReStore program; and our Saturday Breakfasts.

Since 1980, we have sought to meet the needs of the downtown community by distributing much-needed food, clothing, and prayer. For food, we give away chicken, hot dogs, bread, and other staples. For clothing, we have a large and well-organized room that cycles clothing through seasonally. We also offer prayer to those who need it.

In the last few years, we have also added a Community Pantry, which offers a variety of other foods, toiletries, diapers, etc. Most recently, we have partnered with the Habitat ReStore program, which seeks to provide furniture to those without. Food, Clothing, and Prayer distributions occur on the second and fourth Wednesday of every month.

Additionally, on the second Saturday of every month from 8:30-10:00 AM, we provide a hot breakfast to those in need. The meal might include pancakes, eggs, sausage, or bacon. This is open to anyone in the community.

IMAGINING NEW WAYS TO BLESS OUR COMMUNITY:
 
Not all people who walk through our doors do so on the 2nd and 4th Wednesday of the month.  Not all go back to a house or apartment once they have visited, sometimes they return to the streets or to transitional housing.
 
We know that this is a reality, and we want a do something that recognizes all underserved people who live on the fringe. Our program is called Blessing Bags and it is geared toward two distinct needs we see; those who lack a daily meal and those who are transient and need daily toiletries.  They are as much in need of our support as our regular Food Ministry friends, possibly more so because their need is immediate.
 
Our Blessing Bags will be prepared bags that can be handed to anyone (at any time), no sign-ups and no specific days.  We will have them available in the office during normal business hours. They will also be available to someone who might come in off the street on a Sunday during worship times.  We will offer these bags every day, to every person who asks.
 
We are planning to create two separate bags- ready-to-eat foods and one will be a traveling bag of sample size toiletries. 
 
We will gladly accept donations to help us begin our Blessings.  Our first need will be for the food bags.  There will be baskets through-out the church to take your donations. They must all be shelf- stable because they will not be refrigerated.  Here are a few ideas of things we would like:
 
Peanut Butter crackers, Carnation Breakfast drinks, Multigrain fruit bars (soft please, they struggle with dental care!), Protein bars, Sausage sticks, Muffins or cookies, juice (10-12 oz), and non- perishable packaged cheese.  We are hoping to fill each bag with a couple of  protein items, a beverage and a couple of treats.  We will start making bags in the next week but this program will be ongoing, so your support is always welcome.
 
It is so wonderful to know that our congregation supports the many missions of our church.  We are blessed and so we share those blessings.  Lorraine

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