Outreach - Local/State Missions of Welcome
Living our faith extends beyond our Midway Community, to the county and throughout the state, as we seek justice and equality for others. We give our time, money, and service to support the work of many organizations and programs that support the Body of Christ. Midway Christian Church has a strong ministry of outreach to these missions as well as giving to various Disciples of Christ affiliated organizations. We work to build up the Kingdom of God in Woodford County and Kentucky through these Missions of Welcome:
Camp Wakon' Da-Ho
Camp Wakon' Da-Ho is located in Casey County, KY. Each summer, children and youth gather from across the state of Kentucky to experience church camp and to grown in their relationship with God. For many years, Midway Christian has supported Camp Wakon' Da-Ho by making a financial donation and by sending youth and children to camp.
Cane Ridge Meeting House
Cane Ridge continues to be a living church. Prayer, singing, and preaching occur in the Meeting House, a place of worship for many congregations and religious groups who come as welcome guests each year. Since the late 18th century and now, in the 21st century, worship services, weddings, celebrations, lectures, and other gatherings have taken place in the church and on its grounds. Each year thousands of travelers visiting Cane Ridge receive talks and tours from the curators. (from Cane Ridge website)
Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) In Kentucky
The Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) In Kentucky (CCK) is one of 33 geographic regions of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in the United States and Canada. CCK is nearly 420 ministers, and 30,000 men, women and youth in 224 congregations throughout the Commonwealth of Kentucky. It is leadership and faith development ministries for women, men, and youth through camps, retreats and conferences. It is Kentucky Appalachian Ministries and the CCK West Area. It is our Kentucky partner ministries Cane Ridge Meeting House, Christian Care Communities, the Kentucky Council of Churches, Lexington Theological Seminary, Midway College and Transylvania University. It is all Kentucky Disciples and their ministries. (from the CCinKY website)
Habitat for Humanity
Woodford Habitat For Humanity is a locally run affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International, a nonprofit, ecumenical Christian housing organization. Habitat for Humanity works in partnership with people in need to build and renovate decent, affordable housing. The houses then are sold to those in need at no profit and with no interest charged. Volunteers provide most of the labor, and individual and corporate donors provide money and materials to build Habitat houses. Partner families themselves invest hundreds of hours of labor - "sweat equity" - into building their homes and the homes of others. Their mortgage payments go into a revolving Fund for Humanity that is used to build more houses. (from the HFH website)
Historic Second Christian Church
Historic Second Christian Church was established in 1852, and is believed to be the oldest black church in the nation. It was first located on what is now the campus of Midway College, and in 1906 moved across East Stephens Street to its present location on Smith Street. Second Christian was organized out of Midway Christian Church so that the slaves could have a place of their own to worship. (from Midway College website)
The Hope Center, in Lexington, has a mission "to care for homeless and at-risk persons by providing life-sustaining and life-rebuilding services that are comprehensive and address underlying causes". Among many services, they provide shelter and meals to those in need. At the direction of the Hope Center, Midway Christian Church collects and donates supplies needed for their clients. (from Hope Center website)
Hope Ministries Food Pantry of Woodford County
The Hope Ministries Food Pantry of Woodford County is a community supported food bank which has food available for people in need within our community. It is located in the Woodford County Park off Beasley Road. Clients receive a grocery cart of food which contains basic items such as meats, cheeses, and butter. They are also able to choose items such as canned vegetables and canned fruits among other items to supplement their basket. The Hope Ministries Food Pantry does work with God's Pantry to obtain various food items but relies on community donations for most of the food items that fill their shelves.
Kentucky Refugee Ministries
Kentucky Refugee Ministries assists refugees who have been legally admitted to the United States as victims of warfare or other forms of persecution because of their religious or political beliefs. Our staff includes caseworkers, job developers, ESL teachers and interpreters. Our staff speaks English, Spanish, Bosnian, French, Nepali, Somali, Arabic and German and also works closely with contract interpreters who speak other languages native to the refugees we serve.
Lexington Theological Seminary
Lexington Theological Seminary is an accredited graduate theological institution related to the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). The purpose of LTS is to prepare faithful leaders for the church of Jesus Christ and, thus, to strengthen the church's participation in God's mission for the world. (from LTS website)
Midway Children's Choir
The Midway Children's Choir was formed in the fall of 2012 and is led by Melissa Askew, Director of Church and Community Music. Melissa works alongside the music teacher and administration of Northside Elementary School to offer this opportunity for students to participate in a vocal choir. Originally offered to the 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders at Northside, in the fall of 2014 the choir is available to all the 3rd through 8th grade students, including those in home-school, in Woodford County.
The choir enjoyed seven seasons and was disbanded in 2016.
Midway University, which began as Kentucky Female Orphan School in 1847, is the state's only women's college, provides a living, learning environment that enables students to assume roles of responsibility and leadership as contemporary women. The college assists each student in the development of personal integration and self sufficiency through a strong liberal arts education and through career studies, both at the associate and baccalaureate degree levels". (in part, from Midway University website)
Midway Food Pantry
The Midway Food Pantry is housed in Midway Baptist Church and is available for all citizens of Midway. It can be used one time per month per household. At this time they are only able to provide non perishable food items, cleaning supplies and toiletries.
Mission Behind Bars and Beyond
Mission Behind Bars and Beyond is a non-profit faith-based organization providing community based mentoring programs for those released from prison and returning to communities in Kentucky. In conjunction with a Disciples of Christ congregation, New Life in Christ Christian Church, which is located in a women's halfway house, we minister to those incarcerated, train outside volunteers to form Nurture, Support and Accountability Groups (NSAG) and connect returning citizens with a NSAG which will then walk alongside each person for six months to a year to equip them for a successful re-entry into the community to which they are returning. (from National Benevolent Association website)
Scouting (Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, Daisy Scouts, Girl Scouts)
The Boy Scouts of America, including Cub Scouts, ages 7-10 and Boy Scouts, ages 11-17, and Venturing, co-ed ages 14-20, is one of the nation's largest and most prominent values-based youth development organizations. The BSA provides a program for young people that builds character, trains them in the responsibilities of participating citizenship, and develops personal fitness. (from scouting.org website) The Girl Scout Mission is to build girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place. In Girl Scouts, girls discover the fun, friendship, and power of girls together. (from girlscouts.org website) Since the 1990s, Midway Christian Church has been active in Scouting, holding charters or hosting meeting space for Cub Scout Pack 41, Boy Scout Troop 40, Daisy Troop 2261, and Girl Scout Troop 1038.
Simon House is a nonprofit transitional living facility in Frankfort for homeless adult women who are pregnant or have children. In collaboration with other agencies and organizations, Simon House provides a safe, stable, and healthy environment that encourages, educates, and empowers residents to become self-sufficient and productive members of our community and the larger society. (from Simon House website)
The Homeplace at Midway
The Homeplace at Midway is a continuing care community of small cottages nestled on 31 acres in picturesque Midway, across from Midway University. It opened in 2015 as Kentucky's first Green House® senior living community. The Homeplace at Midway is part of Christian Care Communities which is the state's largest faith-based not-for-profit provider of affordable housing and long-term care for Older Adults. (from Christian Care Communities website)
The Midway Nursing Home Task Force, formed in 1999 when the need for a nursing home for Midway arose, teamed up with Christian Care Communities in 2009 to begin the process of making the mission a reality.
Transylvania University is a distinguished liberal arts college, affiliated with the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), of approximately 1,100 students that is consistently ranked and praised in the leading national college guides. Transylvania offers 34 majors plus the option of designing an individual major. Students gain a strong grounding in liberal education, however the University also emphasizes career planning. (from Transylvania University website)
Un-Shackled By Love Ministries
The mission of Un-Shackled By Love Ministries is to LOVE back to life, set-free, restore, and equip women in the sex industry, victims of sex trafficking, depression and chemical addictions, to live healthy, hopeful, and Christ centered lives. It is a 501c3 charitable non-profit residential program that longs to provide a safe, secure environment in which female victims will receive physical, emotional, and spiritual healing, and learn the skills necessary for self-reliance and reintegration to society. (from Un-Shackled By Love Ministries website)
Woodford County Backpack Project
The Woodford County Backpack project is a joint effort of the Woodford County Extension Homemakers and the Woodford County 4-H program. This project was designed to help provide back-to-school items to the estimated 300 preschool through 12th grade Woodford County students who do not have the required items to begin the start school year.
Woodford County Senior Citizens
The Woodford County Senior Citizens Center's mission is to keep senior citizens in their homes and living independently. The agency provides in house lunches, activities, outings and socialization. They also provide home delivered meals to individuals that are home bound. Another service they provide is home care. An aid comes to the home and provides light house keeping and personal care. Transportation is also provided to doctor's appointments, grocery shopping, beauty shops, etc.