Serving Others

We’re passionate about serving God by serving the world.  As much as we value the inward journey of faith and exploring what it means to love God, we are passionate about the outward journey, and finding new ways to love our neighbor as ourselves. Serving others is at the heart of what we do and who we are.  Our Outreach Ministry works to enrich, encourage, and serve local, regional, and global communities.

Our Outreach Ministry works to enrich, encourage, and serve local, regional, and global communities.

 

North Concord Shelter meal program

Preparing a delicious meal for the residents at the North Concord Shelter.

Preparing a delicious meal for the residents at the North Concord Shelter.

FCC Concord volunteers gather in our large kitchen once a month to prepare a meal for men, women and children staying at the North Concord Shelter.  We deliver and serve dinner at the shelter one Saturday each month. This homeless shelter is part of the Public Health Foundation Enterprises.  This meal program, managed by the Contra Costa Interfaith Coalition, served 19,200 meals in 2014. 

Winter Nights

FCC Concord is one of many Contra Costa congregations that provide meals and a clean, safe, and warm facility for families in the Winter Nights program, a shelter that moves from church to church during the coldest months of the year.  Families stay in one church for two weeks at a time and are served breakfast and dinner each day, along with a bagged lunch.  Tutoring is offered to school children, and supervised playtime is available as well. FCC Concord often partners with another church to provide the needed services.

The Social Justice Alliance of the Interfaith Council of Contra Costa County administers the Winter Nights Rotating Family Shelter.

Contra Costa Interfaith Housing

FCC Concord actively supports the children’s after-school program and provides furniture and other donations for people being assisted by the Contra Costa Interfaith Housing organization. This group provides permanent, affordable housing and vital support services to homeless and at-risk families and individuals in Contra Costa County.  

Mexico Mission

Since 1978, First Christian Church of Concord has undertaken an annual mission trip to Mexico to build houses for families living in poverty.  The Mexico Mission trip is a life-changing week of service and fellowship that is like no other experience you’ve ever had.

On the Mexico Mission trip, high school students and adults travel in vans to Tijuana, Mexico, to build houses for families living in poverty. By traveling to another country, participants are immersed in an environment that may look like nothing they have ever seen.  The unfamiliar environment and hard work encourage participants to step out of their comfort zones, both physically and emotionally.

The goal of the Mexico Mission trip is to ease the burden of poverty on families we serve while also instilling in trip participants a sense of perspective, humility, and gratitude about their own lives at home. We lead this life-changing experience in partnership with AMOR Ministries, a San Diego organization devoted entirely to providing homes for families in need.

The dates for the 2016 Mexico Mission trip are June 18-25.  You can find more information and register by going to the Mexico Mission page.