“We will serve our local community, sharing in the concerns and struggles of its people.”
A local ministry committed to making a difference in the lives of homeless people. Concord members provide clothing and food and personally help prepare and serve meals.
- Epiphany House: Concord provides a dinner and dines with the residents of this Stage I housing on the 4th Friday of each month. This entry-level women’s shelter is located at 722 N. Union St., Wilmington. Upon successfully completing a residential recovery program, employable, homeless women are given four to six weeks of shelter and case management while they find their first job and demonstrate their willingness and desire for a long-term recovery program. We always welcome new volunteers to assist with meal preparation and join the residents for a meal.
- Breakfast: Concord Church provides breakfast once a quarter for Friendship House at Saints Andrew and Matthew Church, 719 North Shipley Street. We are always anxious to have new volunteers help with this worthwhile and rewarding project. Please consider spending from 4:00-5:00 p.m. on Saturday for food preparation and/or from 7:00-8:30 a.m. Sunday to serve breakfast.
- Women’s Center Breakfast Closet: Thirteen times a year we sponsor breakfasts for a week at the Women’s Center of Friendship House with deliveries of coffee, tea, sugar, creamer, bread, jelly, and juice. Donations of these items are collected annually on Breakfast Sunday and can also be left in the church office.
- The Clothing Bank of Delaware: has been very successful in providing clothing free of charge to those in need. Donations of clean, used clothing in good condition are accepted throughout the year and may be taken to the Boy Scout closet where it is stored until it is delivered to the CBD warehouse. Often when the church is sponsoring an event such as a garage sale, you will find the Clothing Bank van in the parking lot. Feel free to fill it up during the designated times!
The Emmanuel Dining Room facilities in the area are served by volunteers from local churches in an ecumenical effort to provide hot meals for the needy. These supplemental meals are not just for the homeless but also those with low incomes, and no one is ever turned away. Concord members provide the meals and service for two meals per month that together serve about 320 people.
- Usually on the 29th of each month four volunteers meet at 9:30 a.m. in the church kitchen to prepare spaghetti sauce which they deliver and serve to about 200 guests. Eighteen dozen hard-boiled eggs are also included with this meal and egg cookers are always needed. Ellin Foote coordinates this project and would like to have your help.
- Emmanuel Dining Room South, 500 Rogers Road, New Castle: The first Tuesday of each month a hot meal is prepared for approximately 130 people. Four volunteers are needed for each Tuesday but you do not have to commit to every month. Preparation begins at 9:30 a.m. at the EDR and you are finished by 1:00 p.m. Clean-up is done by the EDR staff. Dottie Lund is always anxious to have new helpers.
- Emmanuel Dining Room Cookie Bakers: Last year our oatmeal cookie bakers produced over 4,000 cookies for dessert served at the EDR locations. Concord supplies the oatmeal, the recipe (which makes at least 50 cookies), and the cookie tins. These items are kept in the church kitchen, and when you return with the cookies they are kept in the freezer until a meal day. This is a great way to donate your services if you find it difficult getting out of the house.
Share the Spirit
Grateful for the gift of a Savior, Concord members give generously to meet the needs of others at Christmas. Families’ particular needs are assessed through agencies such as Delaware Children & Families First, Friendship House, etc and church members take a tag from the “giving trees”, shop for that item and bring it to our eager band of wrapping elves
Concord supports this Welcome Center at the Port of Wilmington, both financially and through our annual Christmas Boxes filled by our Sunday School children and youth with donations from the congregation. This is a ministry of hospitality to those who are far from home, and often are unable to even leave port.
Prayer Shawl Ministry
This new endeavor in 2013 brings together those who knit (or want to learn) for a time of praying and knitting prayer shawls together monthly. Shawls are blessed with the prayers of the congregation in worship, and then shared with those in need of tangible expressions of God’s love and the church’s compassion.