One of our core values as a church is to serve the communities around us, which means that now, more than ever we’re dedicated to step up and to serve our community the best we can, as God’s called us to.
As you have seen over the course of the past few days the precautionary measures being taken are quite vast all over the country and specifically in Michigan. With that being said the CDC is recommending limiting gathering sizes to 10 or less. Based on this, and our continuing commitment to serve how we can, we’ve outlined below ways we hope to continue to tangibly assist in the communities around CBC, and how you can also get involved.
LOVE YOUR NEIGHBORS
Our team has been in contact with our three surrounding areas (Allegan, Fennville, & Hamilton) and have reported back a few areas to which we can assist. Our hope in this time of uncertainty is to help provide a solid foundation of Christ’s love to the communities around us helping in the most tangible, safe and practical ways possible. We also encourage you to prayerfully consider ways that you can keep in touch and help those around you. Below we’re listing ways that CBC is actively looking to do the same, if you’d feel led to partner along with us.
We have had questions come in about giving because of a lack of in-person gatherings. You can still tithe online by following this link: https://app.easytithe.com/App/
Corner Bible Church
P.O. Box 319
Allegan, MI 49010
Community Outreach Efforts
If you’re able and willing, we’d love you to consider taking advantage of the efforts listed below—volunteering, donating, spreading the word… however you feel led, as a church we see these as impactful ways that we can safely help lend a hand to those around us.
Allegan Public Schools will be providing breakfasts and lunches to students during the state-mandated closure. Grab-n-Go food bags for ALL students in need will be available for pick-up Mondays and Wednesdays 10 a.m – 1 p.m.
To sign up and take part in this program, fill out the online form here.
The Congregational Kitchen in Allegan is in need of packing volunteers on Thursday’s.
Contact Carrie @ (269) 512-2214 or firstname.lastname@example.org if you’re able to serve.
Camp Beechpoint and the local Church coalition:
Camp Beechpoint and the local Church coalition are working with local officials to serve the needs arising in our community due to COVID-19. We are looking for volunteers to be available during weekdays (8am-4pm or as available).
If you’re able to help serve at Beechpoint, please fill out the online form here.
Children First Lakeshore has set-up a coalition called “Feeding the Gap”
This will consist of weekly meals for students in the Fennville/Saugatuck area. Meals are organized and packed by volunteers at The Community Church of Douglas. There are approximately 165 students at FES that receive weekend food and we are expanding to 350+ students AND adding additional food items in the bags to support the entire family.
Due to these additional numbers, Children First Lakeshore has set-up a coalition called “Feeding the Gap”. This new initiative is to raise money and increase volunteers to help packs bags. We do not want to place additional stress on the school year budget that Children First Lakeshore has established.
Take a moment to look at the link below with more information about the program and with links to give or volunteer. The link also contains a place where families can request this support.
Stay in Touch
Regardless if you’re able to help in the areas outlined above, or other programs or resources, we would encourage everyone to proactively reach out to individuals in your community (neighbors, elderly family members, etc.) at least through virtual communication methods to avoid social isolation. We’re all in this together.
Additional Community Outreach Opportunities
Below are additional opportunities in our community that we would encourage you to take advantage of, or to help aid in ways you feel led or are able to.
Educational & Schooling Resources
With the closing of schools, we understand the additional burden that home education may add to parents as they navigate a ‘new normal. Below are resources we hope will help aid in creating impactful activities for the whole family.
- Educational Online Companies Offering Free Subscriptions to Students
- Art for Kids: Online Art Lessons for Kids
- 60+ Math Websites For Teaching and Learning Math
- 27 Art Activities and Lessons to Try at Home
- Digital Coloring Pages
- 20 Screen-Free Things to Do with Kids When School is Closed
- 33 National Parks You Can Virtually Tour