We aim to be people who reach out and love others in our everyday lives, bringing the good things God has (peace, joy, healing, comfort) to our neighbors, friends, co-workers, and families. That includes the poor and marginalized in society. When we join in sharing God’s love with those who don’t know Him, or with those who are overlooked by society, we experience and express a very special part of God’s heart.
As a church, “Reaching Out” means that we encourage everyone to look in their daily lives for opportunities to reach out and share God’s love and that we provide opportunities to do that together with others in the church.
Compassion and Justice Ministry
“This is what the LORD Almighty said: ‘Administer true justice; show mercy and compassion to one another. Do not oppress the widow or the fatherless, the foreigner or the poor.’ Zechariah 7:9-10
Throughout the Bible, God shows his heart for the overlooked and oppressed, often naming widows, orphans, foreigners, the poor, and prisoners. We are called to show God’s love and power to all those around us, and to also intentionally cross over socioeconomic, racial, ethnic, language, and geographical divides to “administer true justice” and “show mercy and compassion to one another.”
Contact the office for how you can get more involved in any of these opportunities.
Our church supports and serves at Oasis International, a ministry that seeks to love and care for the refugee population in South St. Louis. Members of our church help teach English classes, host baby showers, donate furniture, and help host the free meal and giveaways Oasis offers for the area residents.
Christian Activity Center
The Christian Activity Center is a “ministry of place” in East St. Louis – a safe place for kids to be encouraged. It is a comprehensive after-school program that provides holistic growth and nurturing opportunities to youth (6 to 18 years old) and families in East St. Louis. Vineyard members help with tutoring, reading, playing, teaching computer skills, and other activities like leading worship or hosting a special lesson. Most importantly, we give attention, encouragement, and love to these kids.