Outreach - Missions of Welcome In Our Community
Midway Christian Church has a deep commitment to the community of Midway. Whether it's meeting space for the weekly AA/Al Anon meetings, monthly free community dinners, or the Christmas Family Adoption project, we offer opportunities for Christ’s love and grace to bring healing and wholeness for all of God’s creation. We work to build up the Kingdom of God in the Midway community through these Missions of Welcome:
These weekly meetings are held in Fellowship Hall. AA is an international fellowship of men and women who have had a drinking problem. Membership is open to anyone who wants to do something about his or her drinking problem. (from the AA web site). Al-Anon is a Twelve Step program for the relatives and friends of alcoholics or someone who is or has been a problem drinker. (from the PsychCentral web site)
Babysitting Alternatives for Snow Times (B.A.S.T.)
Babysitting Alternatives for Snow Times, or B.A.S.T., was a program first offered in 2013 to provide child care on Woodford County Schools snow days and other planned days off. The program, for school-aged children in and around Midway, offers working parents peace of mind knowing their child will be safe and having fun.
Bluegrass Cycling Bike Partner
The Bluegrass Cycling Club is a volunteer, not-for-profit organization based in Lexington. It's mission is to encourage bicycling for health, recreation, and transportation; to promote bicycle safety; to improve bicycling facilities; and to further all phases of bicycling. Part of the Bluegrass Cycling Club, the Bluegrass Bike Partner program was created to promote bicycling and establish a safe, supportive and welcoming relationship between cyclists, businesses, churches, public agencies, public and private organizations, and private individuals. A Bluegrass Bike Partner is any individual, business or organization that wants to be identified as a location where cyclists know they are welcomed. (from Bluegrass Cycling web site) Midway Christian Church is proud to be a Bluegrass Bike Partner since 2011, offering bike racks,parking, rest room facilities, and changing rooms for the Wednesday night rides.
Christmas Bags for Seniors and Shut-ins
The preparation of Christmas Bags is an annual outreach project of the Disciples Women at Midway Christian Church. After the holiday treats and other goodies are purchased, the group meets to fill the bags which are then delivered by the Disciples Women to local seniors and shut-ins.
Christmas Family Sponsorship
Each year, Midway Christian Church sponsors a family, sometimes two, for Christmas. Working with the Family Resource Officer at Northside Elementary, we learn the ages and gender of the family members as well as what is on their wish list. Through generous donations from church members, a Christmas is provided for the family.
Each Christmas season, Midway Christian Church works with the Northside Elementary School Family Resource Officer to provide Christmas gifts to children in need. The names and wish lists of children, who otherwise might not have a Christmas, are anxiously awaited each year so congregation members can choose a name and start shopping to fill, and often overfill, the Christmas Shoeboxes. Church volunteers then wrap the gifts and return to the school for distribution.
Christmas Stockings for Inmates' Children
The Christmas Stockings for Inmates' Children project provides stockings to children as they leave the jail after visiting their parent or relative the week before Christmas. Non-gender items such as gloves, handheld toys, toothbrushes and toothpaste, snacks, and candy are collected and donated to this ministry of the LFUCG Division of Community Corrections.
Community Thanksgiving Dinner
Midway Christian Church hosts a Community Thanksgiving Dinner every year, generally the week before Thanksgiving. This is an opportunity to give back to Midway by inviting the community to join us for a meal and entertainment. Our doors are open to all for an evening of food, fun, and fellowship.
Election Day Pancakes
It began as a Midway Lion's Club event when Fellowship Hall basement was a voting precinct, and now Election Day Pancakes is an annual event. When the Lion's Club ended, Disciples Men took over for several years. Now it is a church-wide effort. Community members are encouraged to go to the polls to vote, then come and eat pancakes.
One of the oldest Christian feast days and the twelfth day of Christmas, the Feast of the Epiphany celebrates the visit of the magi to the Christ child. Beginning in 2008, Midway Christian Church hosts the Feast of the Christmastide, or Epiphany Dinner, with a medieval menu prepared by Chef Ouita Michel and her Holly Hill Inn staff. The dinner was held in Fellowship Hall the first year, then moved to Piper Dining Hall at Midway College to accommodate a larger crowd. The dinner is held on the traditional day of observance, January 6th.
Free Community Dinner
Since August 2011, Midway Christian Church has offered a monthly free community dinner. All in the Midway community are invited to come to our table, to come and be in relationship with one another, to come and experience the abundance of God's grace, all through an invitation to dinner. Volunteers from Midway Christian help prepare, serve, and clean up afterwards. With few exceptions, this dinner is held on the last Monday of each month at 6:30 p.m.
Green Chalice is Kentucky Disciples connecting Christian faith, spiritual practice and environmental consciousness in order to demonstrate the fullness of God's shalom. Green Chalice was called into being in 2007 to help Kentucky Disciples live sustainable lives in harmony with all creation. (from CCK web site) Midway Christian Church became a Green Chalice Congregation in 2010 and attained Certified Green Chalice Congregation status in 2015. A favorite event is the gleaning trip to Reed Valley Orchards.
The Horsey Hundred is an annual Memorial Day weekend of cycling sponsored by the Bluegrass Cycling Club. Starting at Georgetown College, the route winds through the bluegrass and its beautiful scenery. Midway Christian Church members are among the community volunteers who man the Midway rest stop.
Iron Horse Half Marathon
The city of Midway hosts the annual Iron Horse Half Marathon in October. The route, which starts and finishes in downtown Midway, takes runners through the rolling green hills of its beautiful rural countryside. Midway Christian Church hosts a breakfast for the families of the runners and offers them a place to relax during the race.
Loads of Love
This ministry helps Northside and Simmons Elementary Schools with laundry service for some of the underprivileged children in those schools. The schools' Resource Officer often does the laundry, and also sends detergent home with the students whose families cannot afford it. Some 250 families benefit from this mission. Donations of detergent, dryer sheets, and zip-lock baggies are welcome.
Locally Grown Cooperative Youth Ministry
Locally Grown Cooperative Youth Ministry was formed in 2016 by multiple churches in and around Midway. This community youth group is sponsored by Midway Presbyterian and Midway United Methodist Churches. For 6th–12th graders from Midway and surrounding areas, this ministry will seek to create a diverse community where youth are loved for who they are and challenged to be authentic seekers, followers, givers, and leaders through the transformative powers of Jesus Christ.
Midway Ministerial Association
The Midway Ministerial Association is a local organization supported by the area churches and offers the opportunity for our local congregations to give back to our community. The MMA supports a fund that is made available to those in our community who are in need of rent assistance, help with utilities, and other types of assistance. The MMA also supports the Midway Food Pantry that is housed at Midway Baptist Church.
Nursing Home Worship Service
The leadership and members of Midway Christian Church provide a casual worship service at local nursing homes. For several years, this was held at Taylor Manor Nursing Home in Versailles. Beginning in 2016, Midway Christian, along with other local churches, offered a worship service for the residents of The Homeplace at Midway, a continuing care community across from Midway University.
Kids in the Kitchen
Kids in the Kitchen is a series of free cooking classes aimed at kids and teens, to teach them nutritional basics, knife skills, meal planning and preparation, food tasting and how to have fun together in the kitchen.
Meals on Wheels
Meals on Wheels is an outreach program shared by Midway Christian and other churches in the Midway community. This is an opportunity to serve local seniors and shut-ins for a hot meal and fellowship. The brief visits that go along with the meal delivery are rewarding to the recipients who are reminded that they are not forgotten as well as to the volunteers.
Near Death Experience (NDE) Group meetings
These sessions, led by Dr. Jim Roach, were first held in August 2014 however, the group disbanded in 2016.
Each year in September, during the Midway Fall Festival celebration, Disciples Women host a Rummage Sale in the basement of Fellowship Hall. What began as a small church fundraiser sponsored by the Finance Committee in the early 1990s, the Annual Rummage Sale has grown into a large church-wide event attracting visitors and shoppers statewide. Proceeds from the Rummage Sale support the numerous missions of the Disciples Women as well as offer an affordable shopping alternative for clothing, furniture, and various household items.
Weekend Backpack Project
Midway Presbyterian Church sponsors the Weekend Backpack Project to help feed kids who might otherwise go hungry over the weekend. Cash donations are always welcome as are ready-to-eat or microwavable healthy, individual-serving foods.
Win-Win Tutoring Program
The Win-Win Tutoring Program is a joint effort between Midway Christian Church and Northside Elementary School. It began in the Fall of 2012 offering help with reading and has since expanded to include math. Volunteers from Midway Christian work with a teacher liaison at the school to offer this program to third, fourth, and fifth graders who need some extra help with basic subjects.