Every other month, members of the church prepare soup or sandwiches and deliver them to clients of the Night Ministry Health Outreach Bus at one of the bus's stops in Chicago. The Night Ministry is a Chicago-based organization that works to offer housing, healthcare, and human connection to those struggling with poverty and/or are without stable housing.
PADS Summer Suppers
On the second Sunday of the month throughout the summer, the Christian Church of Arlington Heights partners with another congregation to provide dinner for those experiencing homelessness in the Arlington Heights area. The program is coordinated through PADS (Public Action to Deliver Shelter).
Wheeling Township Services
Members of the congregation collect food and deliver it to the Wheeling Township food pantry on a monthly basis. Wheeling Township's services are funded almost entirely with donations from the community.
At Easter time, our women's group collected items — play-doh, stuffed animals, candy, toys — for Easter baskets that they then put together and delivered to Wheeling Township Services for the children of the families served.
Each October, the Christian Church of Arlington Heights joins with other congregations in the Crop Hunger Walk. Funds are raised to promote food and water sustainability around the world and to support local food pantries.
When a month has Five Sundays ... we devote the 5th Sunday to service projects. We begin with a brief worship service, then adjourn to Jordan Hall for a variety of activities from preparing trail mix for The Night Ministry to labeling coin holders for Feed My Starving Children to making blankets for the homeless and cage pads for an animal humane group. All are welcome to join us and we often have outside groups involved.
Blankets for the Homeless ... made out of recycled plastic bags
These pads are made from the plastic bags you get at so many businesses. We tale them to an all-volunteer group known as New Life for Old Bags. They're then distributed to the homeless.