The Lord commands us to “Love your neighbor as yourself” Leviticus 19:18. Jesus actually calls us to be His hands and feet and compels us to serve one another through love.
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We value opportunities to share the light of Christ with our community.
Below are just a few ways that you can join our efforts:
Royal Family Kids Camp Every July, Church of the Lakes offers a full week of positive memories for children who harbor painful memories of abuse or neglect. The Camp serves Stark County foster children, ages 7-11. The week of camp is full of activities and events, such as swimming, sports, a camper variety show, a carnival, a birthday party with presents, making birdhouses, shopping in the free clothing store, hiking, painting, a spa day and so much more. Camp is a great way for these children to learn about the love of Jesus Christ and how He can impact their life.
Habitat for Humanity Every other year, Church of the Lakes builds a Habitat for Humanity house. Habitat for Humanity believes that every man, woman and child should have a decent, safe and affordable place to live. Many people in our community, right around the corner from us, do not have a safe and affordable place to live. We strive to rectify this by taking the initiative to both fund and build a Habitat House. We have completed 9 houses thus far and we are building our 10th in the summer of 2018. Once the house is built, the partner family, who works alongside of us in construction, purchase the remaining mortgage on the house with a no-profit, no-interest loan. Habitat for Humanity is a great organization to truly be the hands and feet of Christ by offering a home for someone to live in and by sharing the love of Christ in the process.
Calvary Mission Meat Packing The Canton Calvary Mission is a ministry in downtown Canton which spreads the gospel of Jesus Christ through multiple avenues. One way they do this is through a food pantry. Many in the downtown community need basic food to get through the week and Church of the Lakes joins in this ministry by providing up to 150 pounds of ground beef every week. The meat is packed on Tuesday afternoons in the May Hall kitchen at Church of the Lakes. Both financial donations and help are always needed. Please contact Andy Jacobs if you are interested in helping.
If you would like to help out at the Canton Calvary Mission, you can find more information at their website or call 330-454-8610.
Lil’ Lambs Closet Lil’ Lambs Closet is a children’s consignment sale where a percentage of the profits benefit Christian Children’s missions and ministries in Stark County and surrounding areas. Lil’ Lambs Closet, established in August 2003, is a semi-annual children’s consignment sale. The sale provides local parents a means to sell gently used children’s items – clothing (infant to children’s size 20), shoes, toys, games, books, baby equipment, nursery furniture and maternity clothing. It provides families in our community the opportunity to buy good quality items at reasonable prices and 30% of each sale’s profits are donated to local children’s charities.
Church attendees and members of our community are invited to participate as sellers, volunteers, and shoppers. Lil’ Lambs provides a retail store setting for consignors to sell their gently used items. Consignors prepare and price their own items and Lil’ Lambs does the rest! The Consignor (Seller) keeps 70% of the selling price and 30% is donated to charities. For more information on the upcoming sales visit their website.
Baby Bundles PLUS We meet on the 2nd and 4th Thursdays of the month, 9:30 – 1:00 pm in room 108. We make baby blankets for needy mothers and church baptisms, stuffed animals for Children’s Services and the Fire/Police Departments and the YWCA Women’s Shelter; we also make adult lap blankets, comfort rolls and walker caddies for nursing home residents; in addition to ouchie dolls for Akron Children’s Hospital labs and outpatient surgery, and dresses for girls in Africa. We are open to all ladies of the church to help with cutting fabric, sewing and/or stuffing. No Experience needed. Join us for fun and fellowship. We take donations of fabric, batting, fiberfill, and sewing supplies. Any questions call Lucy Woods, 330-499-6608.
Blessing Bags We gather supplies and assemble blessing bags that we distribute to the homeless throughout Stark County. Current donations needed include drawstring bags, toothbrushes, travel toothpaste, knit hats, warm socks, bottled water, chap stick and a snack bar. Please place donations in the bins that are located in the closet at the bottom of the ramp in the entryway.
Cater Care Providing meals to families in crisis is the primary mission of Cater Care. Arrangements are typically made over the phone or email. If you are interested in joining this ministry, or know somebody who would benefit from it, contact Sebia Crum at 330-499-5713.
FISH Program Provides emergency assistance to our local community and church. Contact the church office, 330-499-8972, if you need assistance or if you would like to make a donation.
Food Baskets Provides food at Thanksgiving and Christmas for families in need. If you would like to help, contact Teresa Egner.
Harbour Lights A song and dance ministry which meets Monday evenings for rehearsal and heads out to local nursing homes and long term care facilities to share a fun music and dance routine for the residents. Singing and dancing experience is not necessary, only a willing and loving heart. Contact Wendy Huguenot if you are interested in joining.
Operation Christmas Child Partners with Samaritan’s Purse to send shoebox gifts along with Bibles to children around the world. Click here for more information.
Prayer Chain Nightly prayer chain sent out to our community to share concerns and to join together in prayer. You may also post a prayer to our prayer board in the lobby outside of our sanctuary. Email prayers if you have a prayer concern or if you would like to be on the email chain.
Prayer Shawl Ministry We meet the 1st and 3rd Tuesdays of the month at 12:30 pm in room 203. We make prayer shawls and pray over them, providing comfort with the shawls to those who are going through trials in life both inside and outside our church. All skill levels are welcome, we can even teach you to knit or crochet and have supplies that you can use. Contact Susan Kirkland, 330-497-3529.