Ministry of Mission & Witness

Jesus said to go into all the world and preach the gospel. A contemporary wit has added, and if necessary, use words. We try to spread the love of God through care for our neighbors, here and around the world. Each Sunday during worship a basket of non-perishable food items is brought forward, to donate to the local food pantry, and to have a visible symbol of the connection between worship and the work of compassion. Our church has a strong commitment to mission, supporting many projects with both financial contributions and direct involvement.

Missions throughout the year

In August and September, back-to-school supplies are donated for local school children through Colchester Social Services. We have also collected baby gifts for Madonna Place in Norwich.

In October, we have contributed to the UCC Neighbors in Need offering and sometimes participated in the CROP Hunger Walk, raising funds to combat hunger. 

In November, we help with a Spaghetti Supper to benefit Restavek Orphanage in Haiti.  And we also organize a food drive to benefit the Colchester Food Bank.

In December, we have a Giving Tree in our sanctuary to collect items (socks, mittens, hats, etc.) to benefit those in need.  We donate our Christmas Eve offering to the Retired Ministers' Funds of the American Baptist Churches and the United Church of Christ. And we support the Colchester Social Services program Santa Anonymous by providing requested Christmas gifts to children in our community.  

In February, we observe Souper Bowl Sunday and collect canned goods and soup to benefit the Colchester Food Bank.

In March and April (during Lent), we often donate hygiene items for the Prison Fellowship Ministry to support both men and women.  

We give thanks for the work of My Brother's Keeper who gather weekly throughout the program year to make sleeping bags for the homeless population of Eastern Connecticut and beyond.  

Finally, we support international mission organizations and initiatives and we do our best to respond to natural disasters like hurricanes, earthquakes, famines, floods, etc.  As Jesus reminds us, "Just as you did it to one of the least of these who are members of my family, you did it to me." (Matthew 25:40)