Church Ministry Banks

Church Ministry Banks are “owned” and housed by Churches within the network who have committed to meeting a specific need and are trained by and connected to the Christian Services Help Center.

Each individual church ministry bank relies on the support of the entire church network to supply resources to be able to help those in need. Using the Monthly Church Activities Calendar, churches can plug into these helping ministries and involve their congregations in helping others. Church names, addresses and phone numbers are provided for those who would like to contribute resources. In addition, there are several Church Ministries which are coordinated through Christian Services which are multi-church projects.

People needing assistance from these ministries must call Christian Services first to receive an appointment.

Personal Needs

Items which cannot be purchased with food stamps (soap, shampoo, toilet paper, laundry soap, tooth care, etc) are provided. Donations can be dropped off at the churches. Call for hours.

North Westminster Presbyterian, 743 N Martin Luther King Jr Blvd, 484-8433
Macedonia International Worship Center, 1936 W Jolly Rd, 272-4911
All Nations Church, 1205 E Saginaw St, 202-4298
East Lansing Partnership; All Saints Episcopal, 800 Abbot Rd, 351-7160 or The Peoples Church, 200 W Grand River Ave, 332-5073
Haslett Community Church, 1427 Haslett Rd, 339-8383

Emergency Personal Needs (For families that cannot wait until next available distribution)

South Church of the Nazarene, 401 W Holmes Rd, 882-5775

Small Household

Items provided are bed, bath, and kitchen linens, dishes, cookware, silverware, fans, small appliances, etc. Donations can be dropped off at the church, call for hours.

Mt Hope United Methodist, 501 E Mt Hope Ave, 482-1549

Medical/Prescription

Medical Lending Closet

River Terrace maintains a closet of medical needs equipment (such as wheelchairs, crutches, shower seats, etc.) available to loan to people in need referred by Christian Services.

River Terrace Church, 1509 River Terrace, East Lansing, 351-9059

Prescription Ministry

Plymouth Assists with limited prescriptions upon referral from Christian Services.

Plymouth Congregational Church, 2001 E Grand River Ave, 484-9495

Food

Food Pantry

Redeemer serves families in the DeWitt/St. Johns/N. Lansing area with food up to every 30 days. Families must call Christian Services for an appointment.

Redeemer Church, 13980 Schavey Rd, DeWitt, 669-3430

Holiday Food

Each Thanksgiving Christian Services connects over 2,000 needy families in greater Lansing with area churches and organizations to provide them Thanksgiving food baskets. The Clearinghouse utilizes approximately 50 office volunteers – double our usual number. Churches and other community organizations request names from Christian Services and coordinate their efforts to avoid duplication. To volunteer for thanksgiving intake, or to learn how your congregation can provide Thanksgiving food baskets, call Christian Services, 394-5413

Transportation

GO! Ministry

Several Churches in the network participate in the Go! Ministry which assists people who are experiencing difficulties getting to work or to medical appointments. Requests for assistance must be made through the Christian Services office and allow at least 2 business days to verify need and arrange for the pick-up of tokens or gas cards. Contact the Christian Services Clearinghouse if you would like to be a GO! Ministry Church.

Clothing

Love Clothing Center

The LOVE Clothing Center provides new and like new clothing for school age children, sizes 4 - teens. Clothe-A-Child-For-School begins in August and winter coats are given in October. Donations can be dropped off at the church, call for hours.

Judson Baptist Church, 531 Glendale, 882-5961

Small Children’s Closet

Donations of new and like new clothing sizes newborn to 3T, children's furniture (highchairs, strollers, playpens, etc.) can be dropped off at the church, call for hours.

Pilgrim Congregational United Church of Christ, 125 S Pennsylvania Ave, 484-7434

Plymouth Adult Clothing Ministry

Plymouth provides clothing for men and women by appointment through Christian Services. Contact the church for donation drop off information.

Plymouth Congregational Church, 125 S Pennsylvania Ave, 484-9495

Infants and Toddlers

Pack N Play Ministry

Open by referral only through Christian Services. A home visit must be made by Ingham County Health Department or other agency after the baby is born, before the appointment for crib pick up can be made. Monetary donations can be given to River Terrace Church to purchase new cribs.

River Terrace Church, 1509 River Terrace, East Lansing, 351-9059

Emergency Diapers & Formula

When a mom has no diapers or formula left, Members of new Hope Church deliver the needed items along with a bible if the mom would like one. Call the church to donate unexpired formula or diapers (especially sizes 4, 5 & 6).

New Hope Church, 1340 Haslett Rd, Haslett, 339-9000

Car Seat Ministry

Calvary Lutheran provides NEW convertible car seats for newborns and older babies. Seats are installed by a professional installer with instruction given to parents. Donations to purchase car seats can be sent to Calvary Lutheran.

Calvary Lutheran Church, 6301 W St Joseph Hwy, 321-4292

Books for Babies

You can encourage young parents who may not have plentiful resources to read to their infants and children, resulting in increased development! This program provides the book “Good Night Moon” by Margaret Wise Brown to every parent who is referred for a crib, sends a quarterly newsletter with more ideas about how they can encourage brain and ability development in their babies, and encourages parents to attend a appropriate classes where they can receive support. While coordinated by First United Methodist Church, they rely on donations of books and funds from the Church Network.

Layette Ministry

Social workers from area hospitals give low income families with newborns a voucher for a layette containing an undershirt, sleeper, socks, and a board book (anything but “Good Night Moon”) wrapped in a receiving blanket from Pilgrim UCC. Completed layettes or items are always needed. Contact for drop off times.

Pilgrim Congregational United Church of Christ, 125 S Pennsylvania Ave, 484-7434

Pre-school Book Drive

Churches collect books for Head Start Pre-school children for use in the classroom and also for children to take home with them, to encourage reading at home! Head Start cannot accept books with violent or religious content. You can support a Head Start Classroom near you, or contact the Christian Services office for distribution information.

Hats & Mittens

Churches and individuals buy or hand knit mittens and hats for pre-school children (ages 3 to 5.) These are given to Head Start classrooms for their students who come to school without hats and mittens. You can support a Head Start Classroom near you, or contact the Christian Services office for distribution information.

Other Needs 

Families or individuals with a request for assistance can contact the Christian Services Clearinghouse at 394-5411. The Clearinghouse is open Monday through Thursday, 9:30 AM to 3:00 PM. If the need is verified and can be met within the existing help network, we will make the referral. If help is not available with this system, we will try to find appropriate assistance within the Christian Services church network.

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