Ministry of Hope
Every Saturday, 9am–1pm
The Ministry of Hope is an effort to reach out to the homeless and/or jobless individuals and families in this area with the message of hope found in Jesus Christ. Every Saturday from 9:00am-1:00pm these people come as our guests for a hot breakfast, an opportunity for support, a chance to participate in a worship service, and a hot lunch.
Volunteers come from a variety of churches in the area–Cross and Crown Church would not be able to provide enough volunteers on its own to make the ministry successful. Some volunteers help in the kitchen while others take time to get to know our guests and provide fellowship. We also have volunteers who help guests find community resources that will help them in this time of need. Others help distribute some limited but useful supplies to guests from our Ministry of Hope closet.
The Ministry of Hope first opened in May, 2006. Currently we are serving 50-70 guests per week. Supplies we like to keep available in the Ministry of Hope closet include various toiletries, socks and underwear, jeans and work shirts, tennis shoes and work shoes, t-shirts, and during cold weather: coats, scarves, hats, and gloves. We accept bikes in fair to good condition for our bike shed to give away to our guests as needed (a main source of transportation for many guests even in winter). We also accept monetary donations to help pay for food items (make checks payable to Cross and Crown Church and put MOH in the memo).
If you would like to volunteer or donate items, you may call us at (847) 394-0362. Ask to speak to Pastor Randy Thompson. Our address is: Cross and Crown Lutheran Church, 1122 W. Rand Rd., Arlington Heights, IL 60004.
Notes: If you have a special skill to share as a volunteer or to teach, please consider contacting Pastor Randy Thompson to offer your help!