The purpose of our outreach programs is to be the "hands of Christ."
As Christ-followers, we believe it's our responsibility to take care of people the way Christ would've. In fact, it's a commandment that we love our neighbors as ourselves (Mark 12:31a).
For that reason, we work to support the members of our community and beyond, serving through projects such as our Feed the Kids Program, youth mission trips, disaster relief, and organizing food drives for our community food pantries. If you're looking for a true experience outside a worship service or study group, getting engaged in our outreach ministries is a great next step for you.
Serving Our Community
Reaching out to our community, our Senior High Youth have signed up to help
pick up trash and empty trash cans on September 28, 6-8 p.m., at the Freeburg
Fall Festival & Chili Cook Off located in Village Square Park. Our youth
can sure use your assistance, so, if you'd like to help, please contact Sandy Merrill.
Wheelchair Ramp Build. Our Senior High Youth will be reaching out this month to build a wheelchair ramp for a home in need in Freeburg. The project is scheduled for Wednesday, Sept. 11 through Sunday, Sept. 15. Your help is requested for Friday, 5-8 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m.-?; and Sunday, if needed. Please contact Sandy Merrill if you are able to assist. (Don't worry if you're inexperienced! Some of our guys who know what they're doing are already signed up and will provide us with their expertise.)
Feed the Kids
There are more under-resourced kiddos in the Freeburg community than you can imagine. These children qualify for free breakfast and lunch at school. It’s a wonderful program, except for days when there’s no school. Journey Church has implemented the “Feed the Kids” program which provides nonperishable breakfast and lunch items for primary school kiddos (grades K-8) to take home in their backpacks for the weekend. Bags of food are assembled every Sunday at Journey and are taken to the school to be distributed to the students on Fridays. If you’d like to give us a hand, we’d appreciate your help. During the summer months, the program is expanded to provide additional food.
Youth Mission Trips
Each year our Middle School and Senior High Youth participate in age-appropriate mission trips where they can be of service to others. In 2019 our Junior Youth went on mission to Hammond, Indiana, and our Senior High Youth went on mission to Knoxville, Tennessee.
Volunteers from Journey Church have traveled three times to Joplin, Missouri, to aid in cleanup and reconstruction following the disastrous May 2011 tornado. Our team also traveled to Moore, Oklahoma, in July 2013 to help with recovery efforts in that devastated community.