SERVING OUR COMMUNITY TOGETHER
SERVING OUR COMMUNITY TOGETHER
Sardis is a congregation called to minister to those in need. If you want to help make a difference in Charlotte, or across the world, you will have opportunities to choose from.
You can help us serve those who are homeless when we host “Room in the Inn” during the winter months. Or you could work on a Habitat House with your friends at Sardis. You can walk in our city’s CROPWalk or sponsor a walker. You might bring canned food to worship and help us carry a big load to Loaves & Fishes.
There are numerous opportunities to serve those in need through our Baptist partners – the Alliance of Baptists and the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship – and our local ecumenical partners – Crisis Assistance Ministry, Urban Ministries Center and Loaves & Fishes.
To learn more about our missions opportunities explore the sidebars.
Sardis has taken groups of youth and adult chaperones as well as intergenerational groups on various mission focused trips. Our latest mission trip was to Washington D.C. during the summer of 2013. Mission groups have also been to Helena, Arkansas; New Orleans, Louisianna and West Virginia in recent years.
The Urban Ministries Center directs a winter venture with local congregations to provide beds for the homeless. Sardis hosts our homeless neighbors during the winter months. We provide dinner and breakfast in addition to a warm bed and warm shower. The children of Sardis also provide our guests with a bag lunch to take with them. Last winter Room in the Inn congregations provided over a thousand beds for homeless persons.
Periodically Sardis sends teams for a Saturday workday on a Habitat home. The pastors of Sardis also participate in an “all-clergy” build where clergy from faith traditions such as Judaism, Islam, Baha’ism, Catholicism, and Protestantism work alongside one another to build a home in the Charlotte area. This year there are plans not only for a team workday, and the “all-clergy” build, but also for Sardis to provide lunch for another work team.
Each fall an intergenerational group from Sardis participates in the Greater Charlotte Crop Hunger Walk. The 10K walk typically begins and ends at Memorial Stadium with the route going through residential Charlotte. In the last 30 years, $5,878, 918.72 has been raised by CROP Hunger Walkers to feed Charlotte and the world! $1,444,799 of that money raised has been used by hunger fighting agencies in Charlotte!
Loaves & Fishes is a non-profit organization that provides food for the poor in our city. They work in partnership with Crisis Assistance and other social ministries in Charlotte. We support Loaves & Fishes not only by including designating funds for them as part of our budgeted mission partners but also by holding annual food drives.
Crisis Assistance Ministry is the largest Christian ministry to the poor in our city. Their vision and purpose is to advocate for and provide assistance for those people within our community in financial crisis, helping them to move toward self-sufficiency. Started by the former Charlotte Clergy Association, Crisis Assistance provides funds to those in need in our community. We support Crisis Assistance Ministry by designating them as one of our budgeted mission partners.
Hope Chapel is a ministry to homeless persons in the uptown area. Sardis supports it through a partnership we have with about a dozen churches in the United Baptist Association. The chapel is located just off North Tryon Street. Each Sunday, over a 100 homeless person gather for coffee and donuts. Clothing and toiletries are made available. Around 8 AM a worship service is held. For many homeless persons, Hope Chapel has become their church.
Co-founded by one of our former ministers, the mission of Little Tree is to strengthen one another through community, faith, and nature. Little Tree serves through farming, retreats, and rural ministry. At the core of Little Tree is a community that seeks to be good neighbors in a community where rural poverty is prevalent. Little Tree partners with individuals, families, churches, local ministries and para-church organizations to support the work of local people who are poor and marginalized in rural North Carolina. Little Tree seeks to build bridges between the poor and affluent. www.littletreenc.org