What are we doing? Many times, it can seem like a church meets only to perpetuate itself. Like, it meets this Sunday so it can meet next Sunday, so it can meet the next. But Jesus has called us to be salt and light in the community, and that is what we are driven to do. In many churches, most of the work is done by a very small handful of people. At The Worship Center, more than 80% of our people are involved in outreach, teaching, serving and volunteering. Here are some examples of our current services and outreaches to the community.
Outreach and In-Reach: In order for a church or ministry to be effective, there needs to be both outreach and in-reach. Outreach is the reaching out to individuals and those in need in the community. In-reach has to do with giving those individuals alternatives and opportunities to grow spiritually and socially, as well as to use their skills and talents as they expand their network of new friends and contacts.
Sunday Worship Services: On Sunday, we have three services, 9:15 am, 11 am and 6:30 pm. In these services, we offer worship to God and also learn the principles from the Word of God for walking with Him, pleasing Him and being better human beings – as well as becoming involved in reaching other people at their point of need.
Bible Classes for all ages: At 10 am each Sunday, are interactive classes where people meet in age based groups to discuss how Biblical principles apply in their lives.
In-Depth Interactive Bible Studies: On every Sunday evening and Wednesday evenings, in depth, verse by verse Bible studies are offered, where people can discover and understand God’s word and His will for us – and how to live our lives better and serve more fully.
Men of Favor.: Men of Favor is The Worship Center’s men’s fellowship. Men of Favor meet monthly for inspiration, training and organizing special events and outreaches. MoF is a good format for men to connect with other men, and bond together as friends and brothers in the Lord. Many men testify about the strength and benefits that they have received by the relationships they have developed through MoF.
Daughters of the King: The Daughters of the King is the women’s ministry at The Worship Center. The DoK meet for prayer, support, sharing, fellowship and outings. It is important for women to meet with other women to draw strength and support from each other, and also to get a break from their day to day lives! They also meet for prayer times, monthly Bible study on Friday evenings, as well as the weekly Tuesday Morning Coffee Break Bible study. They hold a quarterly Game Night, which brings out the competitiveness amongst them, and also host a Mom’s Night Out.
The Worship Team: A big part of church is worship. The Worship Team gives an opportunity for dedicated musicians, singers, dancers and sound people to use their skills in worship and inspiring others to do so. Being on the worship team is particularly rewarding because of the skills that get developed and the close friendships that are forged.
Celebrate Recovery 12 Step Program: Every Tuesday evening, at 6:15 pm, is Celebrate Recovery, a Christian 12 step program, where people can get help for their hurts, habits and hang ups. CR begins with a hot sit-down meal for a time of introduction and fellowship, followed by a time of worship, a testimony from one of the participants and then small, gender based discussion groups.
One on One Mentoring: Based on relationships formed in Celebrate Recovery, several people are actively being mentored one on one each week – from young teens to individuals in their 50’s and beyond.
Weekly Food Bank: Every Thursday afternoon, from 4 pm to 6 pm is the Food Bank. Food is offered to residents of Western Charles County. It is staffed by The Worship Center and community volunteers. These individuals collect the food from various community businesses and stores, sort it, and then organize it for the recipients each week. This outreach involves work and pickups seven days a week.
Clothing and Food Distribution: The Worship Center is well known in the local community for collecting and distributing used quality men’s, women’s and children’s clothing and accessories. These items are made available to those who come into the food bank, as well as others in the community who are in need.
Food and Clothing for the Hispanic Community: The Worship Center is linked to outreach ministries in the Hispanic community. The Worship Center donates food and clothing which are then distributed to those that the Hispanic outreach serve.
Wesley Institute Leadership Training: On Thursday nights at 6:30pm are The Wesley Institute classes. These are college level classes where people can expand their knowledge of the Bible and develop ministry and leadership skills. Courses include not only Bible classes, but also ethics, public speaking and presenting and others.
Ten Man Table Community Outreach: Every Saturday morning at 9:30, Worship Center and community men meet at the Bryans Road Burger King for 10 Man Table, which is an interactive men’s Bible study. Lively discussions about events and happenings in the men’s lives are engaged in, as well as prayers for each other.
Free Community Hot Meals To Go: By arrangement with Meals of Hope, monthly hot meals to go are available at The Worship Center for anyone in the community who desires one. Generally, 50 to 100 hot meals are distributed each time.
Monthly Jam Session: On the first Friday of each month, a Community Christian/Gospel Jam Session is held for local singers and musicians to be able to showcase their talents, learn from each other and to network.
Comedy and Variety Shows: One form of both outreach and in-reach includes the comedy and variety shows that are held from time to time and for special events. These allow people to develop and use their comedic, presentation and musical skills and also give a good opportunity to invite their friends, neighbors and community members.
Vehicle Donation Program: The Worship Center receives donated vehicles and makes them available to individuals in need who demonstrate that they have a valid MD driver’s license, and the means to register, tag and insure the vehicle. Vehicles have been donated by local individuals in the community and businesses.
Coat Donations: The Worship Center partners with local clothing stores to provide winter coats beginning the last week of November through the last week of January. More than 600 coats are distributed to those in need each year.
Annual Ministry Fair: Each Spring, The Worship Center offers a Ministry Fair, so that members and community members can learn about the various outreaches, in-reaches and opportunities to serve and be involved. Each ministry and department of the church is represented, and people are able to talk with representatives to better understand the opportunities and involvement they can have in fulfilling what God has called them to do.
Other outreaches and special events are added and participated in throughout the year as the opportunities afford themselves and needs arise.