At the Federated Church we have a strong sense of mission to people of Norfolk and beyond, meeting human needs with love, seeking wholeness through Jesus Christ and finding freedom in God’s service. We regularly participate in the Red Cross, Habitat for Humanity, the Norfolk Council on Aging, Attleboro Area Council of Churches Soup Kitchen, Norfolk Together, American Baptist Camps at Grotonwood and Oceanwood, United Church of Christ Camp at Craigville, One Great Hour of Sharing offering, Blankets and Health Kits for the Needy, and others. Our Committee meets the first Wednesday of each month. All are welcome to attend.
The Missions Committee is the service arm of the Federated Church of Norfolk. As Christians, we are called to love our neighbors as ourselves and one way to show this love is through service. We participate actively through programs such as soup kitchen participation and the Mission Giving Tree at Christmas. We also provide funding assistance to organizations working locally, regionally, nationally and internationally to serve in ways for which they are better equipped. The Missions Committee welcomes all who are interested in serving others.
Members and friends of the church are invited to assist the soup kitchen in two different ways. Volunteers sign up to purchase groceries and prepare food (i.e. casseroles, desserts, etc.) and bring it to the church on Saturday morning. Volunteers also transport the food to the soup kitchen and they stay to prepare, serve, and clean up.
Every year the Federated Church family supports the residents and families of a number of programs in our area including the Haven of Grace, SMOC homeless shelter, and the Greater Providence YMCA. The church family supports these ’client’ families by purchasing Christmas gifts for the children and the adults.
Norfolk Food Pantry
We have an ongoing collection basket that provides basic food items to the Norfolk Food Pantry. Staple items like tuna fish, peanut butter, pasta and sauce, and cereal are always needed. We also encourage people to purchase entire meals if they can. Shopping bags and suggested grocery lists are available at the collection basket.
Several years ago, the church family planted a garden to provide the Norfolk Food Pantry with fresh produce. We have grown tomatoes, squash, zucchini, cucumbers, radishes, beans, peas, corn and even watermelon!
Other Mission Ministries
In the past, the church has sponsored mission trips to New Orleans and the Dominican Republic, and will continue to pursue local and foreign mission opportunities. Every year the members of Federated Church support a variety of charitable and service organizations. These have included: DCF residential programs Bachand Hall and Page Apartments, Cradles to Crayons, The Elisha Project, Church World Service, Pine Street Inn, Heifer International, and Chikumbuso Orphanage and Women’s program. The church family also donated winter coats to support a local school drive, and shoes through the Soles 4 Souls program. We always welcome suggestions for new mission opportunities that we might pursue.