Mission Statement: To serve our neighbors in need with the Gospel of Jesus Christ and provide hope and healing through education and discipleship.
Over the years, God has opened many doors of opportunity to serve our neighbors in need. The Neighborhood Christian Center’s ministries deal with many areas of a person’s life (spiritual, social, economic, emotional, physical, and educational). Meeting all of their needs can be difficult. As we see the pain in their eyes and hear their distress in stories they share, we are reminded that we have a Redeemer who has come to expose those very dark places of suffering within us and shine His light on them. Through this, He brings healing like only He can. May we at the NCC be a willing vessel for our Father’s business; bringing the Good News of hope and healing to a lost and hurting world.
In a chapter of John Piper’s A Hunger for God, he focuses on Isaiah 58. Piper shared that “The ministry is soul to soul. Ministry to the poor is not merely giving things. It is giving self. It is not just relief. It is a relationship.” Changing a Generation One Life at a Time requires relationship. Pray for us as we seek to develop life changing relationships with the people we serve showing them the love and compassion of Christ, seeking to glorify God in all that we do through the ministries of the Neighborhood Christian Center.
Isaiah 58:6-12 “Is not this the fast I choose, To loosen the bonds of wickedness, To undo the bands of the yoke, And to let the oppressed go free, And break every yoke? Is it not to divide your bread with the hungry, And bring the homeless poor into the house; When you see the naked, to cover him; And not to hide yourself from your own flesh? Then your Light will break out like the dawn, And your recovery will speedily spring forth; And your righteousness will go before you; The glory of the Lord will be your rear guard. Then you will call, and the Lord will answer; You will cry, and He will say, “Here I am.” If you remove the yoke from your midst, The pointing of the finger, and speaking wickedness, And if you give yourself to the hungry, And satisfy the desire of the afflicted, Then your light will rise in darkness, And your gloom will become like midday. And the Lord will continually guide you, And satisfy your desire in scorched places, And give strength to your bones; And you will be like a watered garden, And like a spring of water whose waters do not fail. And those from among you will rebuild the ancient ruins; You will raise up the age-old foundations; And you will be called the repairer of the breach, The restorer of the streets in which to dwell.”
KAIROS Prison Ministry – In our Own Backyard
On Thursday, October 26, nearly 35 local male volunteers (approved through the Alabama Department of Corrections) will enter our local Decatur Work Release program for Kairos DWR #3. They will be taking the love and Gospel of Jesus Christ to minister to 24 male inmates at the Work Release Program.
You may be asking “What is Kairos?” The mission of Kairos Prison Ministry is to share the transforming love and forgiveness of Jesus Christ and impact the hearts and lives of incarcerated men, women, and youth, as well as their families, to become loving and productive citizens in their communities.
Kairos Inside addresses the spiritual needs of inmates and desires to assure them of how much they are loved. Kairos volunteers go into prisons in teams of 30-40 to pray, share the love and forgiveness of Jesus Christ, share meals and fellowship with the incarcerated on a one-to-one basis. This three-day event is an intense 72 hours that the team prays will transform the lives of these inmates, while impacting the lives of the inside and outside volunteer team. This weekend will be followed up with monthly half-day reunions with the inmates over a twelve-month period.
The volunteer team goes through 34 hours of training in how to carry out a Kairos Inside weekend. In addition to the group discussions, one-on-one mentoring, and worship time, some of the other things that take place during those intense 3-days is that each inmate will receive a sealed envelope from each volunteer with a personal, hand-written letter. They will also receive placemats at each meal that children and youth have decorated, see posters hanging on the wall that people have made to share their love and prayers for them, and most of all see a construction paper prayer chain that will wrap around the room several times with the names of all who are praying in 30 minute increments throughout the weekend.
- Pray for the volunteers as they are meeting weekly for their training and the inmates that they will be ministering too; that God will transform lives during this weekend.
- Bake homemade cookies.
- Decorate placemats…children or youth, Sunday school classes, and others that would like to decorate placemats. We will provide the paper placemats.
- Sign-up for a prayer chain that will go from 4pm Thursday, October 26 through 4 pm Sunday, October 28.
(our October newsletter will give details and guidelines for above requests or call/email NCC for guidelines)
The first weekly volunteer meeting took place on August 31 at First Bible Church. We are grateful to the many local churches that will host the weekly volunteer team meetings and to Decatur First United Methodist for hosting the outside team for the Kairos weekend as they prepare meals, organize supplies and more).
Sept thru Dec: Need sponsors for Christmas pairings, new and gently used toys, games and gift items for children birth to seniors in high school (especially teens, gift cards are great if you can’t think of age appropriate items)
November 21-23: Need volunteers for food prep & deliveries, desserts, and financial donations for Thanksgiving Meal
December 4-7: Need volunteers to help with 3 parties for children from our Backyard Bible Clubs to “shop” for a gift for their parents/guardians…also any gift items or financial donations to help would be great!
December 13-16: Need volunteers for Christmas toy store
It is hard to believe that fall is almost here and with that — Thanksgiving and Christmas. As these Holidays approach, you will be hearing about opportunities where you can serve those who are in need.
So check for up-dates:
- Facebook (Neighborhood Christian Center of Alabama),
- Web page
- E-newsletter (sign up to receive this monthly newsletter by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
- call us at 256.351.7633…we would love for you to be involved.
Please look around for items to put in our Christmas baskets…smaller toys, cars and trucks, dolls/barbies, themed items (Mickey Mouse, princess, sports) and don’t forget items for our teen baskets.
We have a lot of opportunities if you or someone you know is interested in volunteering! We have a place for you to serve. Just a few examples are:
-helping with our Backyard Bible Club (at a Boys & Girls Club) after school one day a week
-teaching or just helping with a class in our jail ministry
-cooking for a class once a week, once a month, or even once a quarter
-AND so many more…Please contact us and we will find you a place to serve!
Donate to the Neighborhood Christian Center Just by Shopping!…
1. Go to https://www.kroger.com/communityrewards
2. Click create a ‘New Account’ (if you don’t already have one)
3. Fill out the form and follow steps to verify your account
4. Sign in to your new account and click ‘community’
5. In the Alabama box click ‘enroll now’
6. Fill out the form with required information
7. Enter the NCC code: 102853 and select the NCC
8. Shop and Swipe!
If you don’t have a Kroger Plus card you can get one at any Kroger customer service desk.