Serve Our Neighbors

Focus, Philosophy & Goals

The focus of Hope’s Mercy Ministry is to bring glory to God by non-verbally proclaiming His heart by becoming a community of people characterized by selfless service and bold engagement. Jesus didn’t merely tell people the truth about God, He lived it out by serving them, and now He invites us to join Him by proclaiming Christ as our Lord and ourselves as servants for His sake (2 Corinthians 4:5). 

Just like the original disciples, we seek to eradicate poverty and injustice within Hope and alleviate poverty and injustice in our city (Acts 4:33-35) by dedicating 4.5% of all the money donated to Hope to go towards mercy needs both inside and outside of our church. This fund is administered by our Deacons, who actively pursue those within the congregation in need of assistance and identify ministries outside of our congregation for our people to partner with both as donors and volunteers. 

God’s heart is passionate about both mercy and justice for those oppressed by sin and its consequences. When rightly understood, the Gospel naturally produces a desire to show to others the same mercy and deliverance that we have received from God in Christ Jesus (Galatians 2:10). The great commandment calls us to love our neighbors as ourselves. Jesus modeled being a neighbor for us by leaving heaven and entering our misery to rescue us. We are to non-verbally proclaim this in our city by meeting our neighbor’s needs in a self-sacrificial fashion.

Mercy Service Opportunities

MOM’S MOVING FORWARD (SOUTH END)
Join us to serve a meal and provide encouragement to 20 West Charlotte single mothers and their children at Freedom Communities’ “Moms Moving Forward” program on Thursday, February 10th, from 6:30-8:00pm. We will bring, serve and clean up a meal while the mothers receive valuable training on career development, financial literacy and early childhood education support. Contact Matt Hultquist to learn more.

ROOM IN THE INN (SOUTH END)
Hope is again partnering with Westminster Presbyterian to staff their Rooms in the Inn homeless shelter this winter, and we are looking for people interested in serving this opportunity.  Rooms in the Inn is a Ministry through Roof Above that partners with local organizations to provide shelter to our city’s homeless during the cold winter months.  Westminster provides the shelter and supplies, and Hope volunteers would serve dinner Friday night, staff the shelter overnight and serve breakfast Saturday morning before guests depart. If you are interested in serving, please contact Brad Daniel (704-774-9243).

ASHLEY PARK ELEMENTARY SCHOOL (SOUTH END)
Our partnership with Ashley Park continues through our Harris Teeter VIC card link as well as our uniform collection drive. We collected 31 school uniform items for Ashley Park Pre-K-8 students in need. A group of volunteers will also be teaming up with Simplicity Serves on January 21st to organize the school’s uniform and shoe closet. If you would like to learn more, email Katie Guelzow.

FOSTER VILLAGE (SOUTH END)
We look forward to joining Foster Village this spring as they launch their new initiative called Wrap Around Care. The goal is to gather 10-12 members from Hope South End to support a specific foster family for a period of 3 months. This will not involve childcare but rather yard work, errand running, and meal delivery. Please contact Jill Hudson if you are interested in being a part of this team.

I AM 24/7 (COTSWOLD)
I AM 24/7 is seeking to provide tutoring for 20 students from February – May.  Students will range from 1st-4th grades.  Each tutoring session will include reading, math, and recreational time.  Tutoring times will be Thursday afternoons from 4-5:30PM.  Come love and serve the youth of our city in a practical way!  Information meeting and volunteer training is Thursday, January 27th, from 4-5:30PM.  For more information contact Cord Bailey, or Brad Lewis.

Local Partners

Apartment Life

Brookstone Schools

Charlotte Fellows

UrbanPromise

 

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