In the spirit of acting locally, service to others within our community is an essential part of our congregation’s ministry.
- Free Community Suppers are served in our Fellowship Hall every Friday. Sign up to set-up or clean-up or prepare macaroni & cheese for a meat-free option.
- Our volunteers sign up for a wide variety of church and community activities including preparing & serving Community Lunches scheduled on weekdays at the Charter House Coalition’s facility.
- We actively support Church World Services CROP Hunger Walk every October to raise money to help end hunger globally and locally.
- We support the work of other local organizations, such as The Open Door Clinic, HOPE, Habitat for Humanity … and many more.
- We encourage and gather contributions to the local Food Shelf every Sunday.
- We founded (in 2005) and continue to assist Charter House Coalition, a non-profit, volunteer-based organization dedicated to providing basic food and housing in and around Middlebury and have helped set in motion the Farm to Plate program at local community gardens.
- Our congregation founded Charter House Coalition (CHC) in 2005 and continues to host and support its programs. CHC’s work has a dual focus: Food and Housing. To learn about Charter House Coalition, go to CHC’s website.
These programs, generously supported by members of the wider community, continue to change lives and expand the definitions of “neighbor” and “community.” Since these programs depend on many volunteers for their success, we encourage involvement not only by church members but also by folks from the wider community.
In 2016, the House Menders group was formed to work on local service projects. We realized that we could make a significant contribution in our local community instead of across the country. Having gone to far-flung places to help others, we started to wonder about what we could accomplish in our own “front” yard.
And so House Menders “went local” with our annual volunteer projects in 2016 and 2017, led by an initial group of about twenty members from the church who’ve participated in previous service trips, making needed repairs to Charter House.
- Summer 2016 “Charter House Challenge”: When an estimate to replace the siding on part of the Charter House was received at over $40,000, an idea was presented for the team to do the job. The Charter House Challenge 13-person team met weekly until the July start date to plan the project. In all, over 100 church and community members participated in the Challenge! The results were a visibly improved appearance, significant energy improvements, and many future years of maintenance free siding. As spoken by everyone the best part of the Challenge was working with and learning about each other; being a Church.
- Summer 2017 Service Projects: During Phase 2 at Charter House, a crew of over 40 worked in three areas of Charter House to construct two new, redesigned 2nd-floor bedrooms and convert a 1st-floor bedroom to accommodate a new prep and service room, and expanded kitchen for Charter House Coalition’s on-site meal programs. Another crew of 10 prepped and painted the east side exterior wall of our Congregational’s church building.