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1301 Forbes Street, East Hartford, CT 06118
860-568-5150
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OUR SCRIPTURE: MATTHEW 5: 14a, 16 ~ "You are the light of the world...Let your light so shine before (all people) that they may see your good works and give glory to your God..."

OUR PURPOSE: The purpose of the Missions Board is to reach out and to respond to needs which come to our attention in our community, our state, our nation and our world.

You are invited to join South Church in doing God's work with any of the following ministries. To volunteer please leave contact information with the church office. Donations may be mailed to the church.

LOCAL COMMUNITY SUPPORT - EAST HARTFORD:

  Homeless Shelter for Women, Children and Men: 40 beds, meals, toiletries and case management services right on Main Street in East Hartford. If you know someone who needs help, call CRT in Hartford for assistance (860) 560-5600.

Food Bank: Our food bank is operated year round in partnership with nearby St. Christopher's Church. In addition to providing helping hands on alternate months, South Church budgets an annual donation. For assistance call Social Services in East Hartford (860) 291-7226.

Fuel Bank: A community resource for emergency fuel needs. For assistance call First Congregational Church, (860) 528-3133.

East Hartford Interfaith Ministries: A group of representatives from the churches in EH who meet monthly to address community needs.

  Soup Kitchen Financial Support: Funds to help with the ongoing operations of the Soup Kitchen at St. John’s Episcopal Church.

South Church Soup Kitchen Meals: Our church provides the food and workers for 6 meals annually; 60-80 people are served at each meal.

  Inter Community Mental Health: Provides mental health services, support and counseling for individuals and families.

Holiday Parties (at low income projects): Fellowship, a meal and a free NEW educational toy for each child, a gift for each adult, food for the residents and a bag of toiletries. A free drawing for items for the adults and children and gift bag decorating.

Three Kings Day (Hispanic celebration in Hockanum Park): Funds for small gifts to be hidden in the hay.

ChildPlan: Collaborative advocacy programs and services for children and families in East Hartford - Parent Leadership Training Courses. To enroll call (860) 291-1741.

YMCA: Camp Scholarships for children in need. To apply, call EH office, (860) 289-6612.

Christian Medical Fellowship in Hartford: A free Medical Clinic. Physicians volunteer their services.

HARTFORD AND/OR OTHER LOCAL COMMUNITIES:

  Hospital Pastoral Care: Support funds for the active Chaplain’s program.

Hartford East Scholarship: Funds for UCC Scholarships.

Interval House: Funding support for services for battered women.

Aids Project Hartford: Funds for AIDS programs and education.

The Open Hearth: A shelter for men, with assistance with permanent housing.

Pastoral Counseling Center, Inc: Funds to maintain sliding scale fees for counseling services.

Make-A-Wish Foundation: Provides "dream" trips or a meaningful experience for children with life threatening conditions.

Hospice: Started in Connecticut. Provides home care for over 3,000 terminally ill patients.

Food Share: Works toward ending hunger as a part of the overall community effort to alleviate poverty in greater Hartford.

MISCELLANEOUS COMMUNITY NEEDS (EMERGENCIES):

  Available funds for any programs or projects which are brought to the attention of Missions. Contact Missions at South Church with suggestions for projects for the Local and Wider Human Needs Funds.

STATE SUPPORT:

  Community Partners in Action (formerly CT Prison Assn.): Support services for the prisoners and their families.

Christian Activities Council: Provide affordable housing in the north end of Hartford and programs for violence prevention, assistance for the elderly, public safety, HIV support.

  Camp Adventure: Hartford summer enrichment program for 800 inner city children.

  Hartford Habitat: Provide materials for houses which volunteers help build.

Shepardsfield Center: Located in East Haddam. A spiritual life center for awareness, personal growth, meditation, healing, worship and counseling. Retreats, seminars, workshops and discussion groups are offered.

WIDER CHURCH SUPPORT:

  Theological Seminaries: Hartford and Andover Newton Theological Seminaries: Funds to support the education of ministers.

Back Bay Mission: Located in Biloxi, MS; provides emergency assistance for 8500 clients, including advocacy, mission education, locating housing and assisting the homeless and disabled, training programs and rehabilitation for housing. Seven of their buildings were destroyed internally by Katrina and are being redone.

Charles Hall Home: Located in Bismarck, ND. Provide group home foster care, counseling and behavior modification programs for youth.

Church World Service Crop Walk: South Church participates in this walk for hunger. Missions support the members who walk.

Elon Homes: Located in Charlotte, NC. Provide shelter, food, clothing and educational services for abused, abandoned and neglected children.

Heifer International: Protecting the global environment by providing animals, tools, seeds and long term educational skills in countries/communities destroyed by natural disasters, war or poverty. This ministry has long been a project of our Vacation Bible School.

Pearl S. Buck International and Educational Fund: Provide services and educational programs which benefit children. Adoption mentoring, Baby Airlift, youth health projects and ambassadors to disseminate information and facilitate programs.

Veterans of the Cross: Provide retirement assistance for ministers who did not have adequate pensions in their home churches.

Christian Medical Fellowship International: Free medical services for people in need all over the world. Physicians volunteer their services.

State and National "Our Church Wider Mission" (OCWM) Basic Support: The state OCWM supports services for ministers and the conference office and Silver Lake. The National OCWM supports similar programs and some Mission oriented programs. The funds are pledged based on recommendations from their office.

Special Human Needs Fund: These are funds set aside for use in emergencies which are brought to our attention such as the Tsunami and Katrina Disasters.

Backpack Project: A relief effort for the Children of Katrina. Backpacks and school supplies were donated and purchased by parishioners. To donate or apply, call Social Services at (860) 291-7295.

SPECIAL ANNUAL COLLECTIONS:

  One Great Hour of Sharing: Support for social justice programs.

Neighbors in Need: Worldwide support for people who are struggling to survive.

Church World Service Blankets and Tool Programs: Provides warm blankets and tools for people all over the world who have suffered from a natural disaster, war or poverty. Celebrate Mother's and Father's Day by giving a blanket or tools. The cost is $5.00. Call the Missions Board at (860) 568-5150.