As you may know, Central Christian provides a vast array of ministries to the local community. If you are anything like I am, you may only have a vague concept of what some of these ministries are all about! One of the goals for this blog is to shed some light on what exactly goes on here at Central and in our cities. With that in mind, I will tackle a massive ministry and attempt to clarify its components. Ladies and gentlemen, I give you…
Neighborhood Impact is a multifaceted ministry provided by a coalition of churches in the Antelope Valley. The purpose of Neighborhood Impact is to meet the spiritual, physical, and emotional needs of those who live in “high-risk” neighborhoods throughout the Antelope Valley. You may have heard of the “Trend House” or the “Trend Workday” while attending Central. Although I am fairly new to Central, I have heard these names dropped here and there. However, did you know that the Trend project is just one of several similar homes that all fall under the umbrella of the Neighborhood Impact alliance? I had no clue! My hope is to be able to visit the other homes and dig into even more of what Neighborhood Impact is all about (they provide medical care, emergency training, etc.), but for this blog , lets dive into the home sponsored by Central and take a peek at what goes on there.
I dropped by the Trend house on Thursday to see what I could learn about the ministry and was pleasantly surprised when I pulled up and saw the home. When the City of Lancaster asked Central to adopt the Trend neighborhood, they rehabilitated the house for the ministry to use! This snappy looking home now provides a place for many activities available to the children in the neighborhood. I was given a tour by Concepcion Harris who heads up the ministry. After an hour of trying to find out all that Trend does, I barely scratched the surface! Here is what I did learn:
The Trend house is open for kids on Tuesdays and Thursdays. On these days, the kids have access to crafts, games, basketball, a growing library, help with homework, healthy snacks, and most importantly, a Bible study! By providing these activities, the staff is able to get involved in the lives of the kids to provide the stability so desperately needed in so many cases. By demonstrating the love of Christ in such practical ways, the ministry is able to reach the neighborhood in ways that would otherwise be impossible!
I asked Concepcion and the other staff members if there was anything that they needed to support the efforts at Trend. They mentioned that they are always happy to receive school supplies and other items, and they are very thankful for the generosity of the Central membership, but what they really need is time! They are hoping to increase the effectiveness of Trend by opening three days per week, but staff is spread too thin. If you have a heart for children and are looking for a ministry to become involved in, I would encourage you to contact Concepcion (firstname.lastname@example.org) to find out how you can help! Obviously I’ve done a frightfully inadequate job of communicating all that goes on at Trend, but hopefully this blog will inspire someone out there to consider helping out with this awesome cause.
Then he put a little child among them. Taking the child in his arms, he said to them, “Anyone who welcomes a little child like this on my behalf welcomes me, and anyone who welcomes me welcomes not only me but also my Father who sent me.” – Mark 9:36-37