As early as the Epistles of St. Paul in the New Testament, churches have responded to human suffering and to the pains of injustice by ministering unto “the least of these.” (Matthew 25:40) Seeing how Jesus constantly met people where they were in their brokenness, local churches follow this example by meeting people and families in their brokenness in ways that bring hope and wholeness. On one occasion, Jesus looked the disciples in the eye and said, “You are the light of the world.” That sacred identity is inherited by every local church. The Missions Team Ministry locates the present brokenness of the world and allocates funds or encourages voluntarism to bring light to bear on that darkness.
The Missions Team Ministry’s concentration is in the economic support of programs and to serve as a conduit of information to church members or outside programs for in-kind contributions and fund raisers. Monetary gifts include aid to organizations in Glastonbury, in the State of Connecticut, around the country, and around the world.
This we do, believing that as we minister unto the least of our sisters and brothers, we minister unto the Lord. We are thankful to be in partnership with those organizations that extend our reach and share our values that derive from the belief that we are all unique, special, and loved by God.
The following are just a few of the organizations South Church supports through missions giving:
Christian Activities Council: Mission is to serve and empower the poor, the disenfranchised, the stranger and persons with special needs while promoting social, economic and racial justice in the Hartford region. Programs span vital areas of human life—including housing, youth education and health care—and are informed by the faith of the Christian community.
Glastonbury Youth and Family Services: A town agency devoted to programs and services that respond to the needs of Glastonbury youth and their families.
Habitat for Humanity Int’l: An ecumenical Christian housing ministry that has helped to build or repair over 600,000 decent, affordable houses, serving more than 3 million people worldwide.
Heifer International: Dedicated to ending hunger and poverty and caring for the Earth. Heifer currently provides livestock, trees, seeds and training in environmentally sound agriculture to families in more than 50 countries, including the United States.
InterCommunity: A community agency providing mental health and addiction services to individuals, families, and communities within the state of Connecticut for over 35 years.
Maine Sea Coast Mission: Provides spiritual, health, and youth development programs in coastal and island communities from mid-coast to Downeast Maine. Rooted in a history of non-denominational service, the Mission offers hope, encouragement and help to strengthen individuals, families and communities.
My Sister’s Place: Committed to ending homelessness and empowering women, families, and others in Greater Hartford to achieve independence and stability in their community by providing housing and supportive services.
Our Church’s Wider Mission: Supports the full range of the United Church of Christ mission in the Connecticut Conference, across the country, and around the globe.
South Park Inn: Assists homeless people to improve their life situation by providing temporary and long-term housing and supportive services in Hartford, CT.