Worship lies at the heart of Christian discipleship and the life of the church, but it is just one aspect of a larger picture. To complete the portrait there is also participating in fellowship within the community of faith and putting one’s abilities and gifts to use for the work and ministry of the church.
Greenfield Christian Church offers several opportunities to be joined together in an association with others in the church to grow in understanding of discipleship, pray for and support one another, serve in mission, and even have some fun!
Part of our pledge to you as a congregation is to help you identify and name your gifts and talents for ministry, and discover how God is calling you to put them to use to serve the church, the community and the world. There are lots of tasks and jobs that need to be done within the church and its various ministries. Our goal is to “match” the skills required with the “gifts” of our members and constituents. Whether it is singing in the choir, teaching a class, leading a small-group, greeting someone at the door, shoveling snow off of sidewalks, cheering up the homebound, serving food at the soup kitchen, or scores of other possibilities, there is a place for you to participate and serve.
Here are a few ways you can “get connected” and serve in the ministry of the church:
Christian’s Men’s Fellowship (CMF) is an active group of dedicated men of the church involved in fellowship, ministry and local and world missions. Through its efforts the CMF has sponsored special music services, provided support and care for the members of the congregation, and assisted with financial support for special projects and church programs.
The CMF meets for breakfast at the church on the third Saturday of each month. It is an informal time for the men of the congregation to enjoy fellowship together and provides a great way for newcomers to get connected.
Christian Women’s Fellowship (CWF): In Peter 4:10 we are told, "As each has received a gift, employ it for one another, as good stewards of God's varied grace."
The mission of the Christian Women's Fellowship (CWF) of Greenfield Christian Church is to provide opportunities for spiritual growth, enrichment, education, and creative ministries to enable women to develop a sense of personal responsibility for the whole mission of the church of Jesus Christ.
Membership of CWF includes all women members of Greenfield Christian, as well as others who accept the purpose of the fellowship and who share in its worship, study, and/or service activities.
Membership is divided into four circles who usually meet on the first Tuesday of each month for study and fellowship. However, times and places may vary as agreed upon within the individual circles. The circles hold one combined meetings each September. Circles are named after four women of the Bible: Naomi, Ruth, Rebekah, and Dorcas.
The CWF is led by an Executive Committee comprised of elected and appointed officers: President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer, Study and Worship Director, Historian, Librarian, Service Directors, and Circle Leaders.
CWF activities and programs include:
- Donating time and money to global, national, and local missions work.
- Focusing on social issues such as rehabilitation from drug abuse, human trafficking, and domestic violence.
- Contributing to and maintaining the church library.
- Conducting fundraisers, such as special luncheons, catered meals, and slightly-used boutique sales.
- Hosting church and community fellowship events, such as a Spring Youth Brunch, Thanksgiving dinners, Breakfast with Santa.
- Serving funeral and other special dinners.
- Sponsoring the Annual Spirit Sowers Grant for one woman member of Greenfield Christian who is seeking to enrich her spiritual life or to further an outreach project that has a religious basis in the community.
- Conducting annual women’s spiritual retreats.
- Participating in women’s events and missions of the Disciples of Christ.
Youth Fellowship Groups provide opportunities for middle school and high school age youth to come and receive words of encouragement and to learn more about following Jesus. It is our vision that youth who participate in our various programs…
- Are confident in their personal faith and equipped to defend challenges to it.
- Seek others of faith to support their personal walk with Jesus.
- Possess a heart for service and mission.
- Are generous, loving, tolerant, inquisitive, and hopeful.
- Are grounded in the way of Jesus Christ and the word of God.
- Are open to God’s guidance.
- Are prepared to participate in the full life of the church.
Current activities, plans and pics can be found on the GCC Youth Facebook Page by clicking HERE.
Mission and Ministry:
We at Greenfield Christian Church believe that our congregation, the community and the world become significantly different as we relate to one another through compassionate acts of service. Some of the ways YOU can serve and be connected through the outreach ministries of the church include:
Reaching out to the community….
Local Concerns: The church provides limited financial assistance with rent, utilities, food and other needs for persons not eligible through other available services. In addition, we provide fuel, hotel lodging, and meals for transients on a limited basis.
Food Pantry: Ongoing food collections and special donations are received for the Community Food Pantry.
The Kenneth Butler Memorial Soup Kitchen: Church members volunteer to help prepare and serve food as well as provide support through the donation of canned goods and other needed supplies.
Cribs and More: Cribs, mattresses, and sheets for newborns and toddlers are contributed to families in need through Healthy Families organization.
Hancock Hope House: The church supports this important ministry that provides temporary housing for homeless persons.
Adopt-a-Family: As identified by the Red Cross and Hope House, we help provide essential clothing, food, transportation, and other expenses until the family becomes self-sufficient.
Blood Drives: The church sponsors several blood drives during the year with the Indiana Regional Blood Center.
Reaching out to the larger community and the world…
Mission Trips: Adults and/or youth from our congregation have participated in a Jamaica medical mission trip, house building in Mexico, home repair in the Appalachian Mountains, handy work at a retirement home in Kansas, and rebuilding efforts in Minot, North Dakota and New Orleans, Louisiana following natural disasters.
Indiana Disciples Congo Partnership: Since 2008 the Indiana Region of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) has observed a mission partnership with the Mbandaka District of the Community of Disciples of Christ in the Congo (Africa). The partnership has resulted in reciprocal missions trips between the two (with more planned), educational activities linking the two in worship, culture and mission, and the sharing of resources through Global Ministries. For additional information and the latest news on this special connection, click HERE.