Interfaith Ministry at Kent State Stark and Stark State College
We staff an informational table five times a semester where we invite students to enter a drawing to the college’s bookstore. The entry slip also allows the student to include a prayer request. These prayer requests are handed out to some of our members. We try to engage in conversation and see if there is any additional support that we may offer including our food pantry at the church. We often have a number of books that church members have donated that are free for students to take. Our church works with the Interfaith Campus Ministry’s Executive Director, Ryan Johanning.
Interfaith Campus Preschool and Child Care Center
Since 1977, Interfaith Campus Preschool and Child Care Center has taken a stand to support the children of the surrounding universities and community. A joint effort developed by Interfaith Campus Ministry, John Knox Presbyterian Church, State College, Kent State University, the State of Ohio aspired to bring a safe, affordable, accessible, and high-quality learning environment to the local populace. Over 40 years later, this ambition has matured into a flourishing reality.Our church interacts with the preschool throughout the year. We provide weekly mystery readers, book drives, spring container garden preparation, and teacher appreciation luncheon. https://mycampuspreschool.com/
Canton Calvary Mission
Canton Calvary Mission is located in NE Canton, one of the poorest areas in Stark County. Many of the people living in the area are victims of plant closures, employers moving out of the area and the out-sourcing of jobs. Some of the folks have lived in generational poverty, while others are finding themselves in a new situation. The Mission seeks to serve these folks in need through its programs including a Food Pantry, Hot Meals twice a week, free haircuts, tutoring, a children’s art program and much more. Our church sponsors at least one of the hot meals a year. We provide all the food and volunteers to support the hot meal to serve 150 to 200 people.
A Non-profit agency serving Stark County area women dealing with pregnancy in sometimes difficult circumstances. They offer counseling, childbirth classes, parenting classes, support groups, and baby items to help women in need of assistance. Our church assists them every February by participating with their Baby Bottle Campaign where members fill up baby bottles with loose change, paper money and checks for Pregnancy http://pregnancychoicesforme.org/