Serve the Community
Love in Action
Love in Action (LIA) is an outreach ministry of Christ the King that was formed in January of 1989 to benefit the abused and abandoned children of Dade County. The purpose and mission is “to make a difference in the life of a child” by reaching out to the needs of foster children and parents with emotional support and material assistance. Through interaction with the children, LIA volunteers try to show them that they are not alone and that there are loving and safe people who care. Love in Action provides emotional support and material assistance for more than twenty foster or adoptive families in South Dade County.
Christ the King has a longstanding tradition of serving meals to residents at Chapman Partnership Homeless Assistance Center in Homestead. Chapman Partnership in Homestead and the companion center in downtown Miami serve approximately 5,000 men, women and children each year, providing housing, meals, health care, job training and assistance, and more. One group of volunteers from Christ the King serves dinner on the fourth Sunday of each month. Another group serves on the four, “fifth Fridays” of the year. Volunteers have the opportunity to assist with meal preparation, serve on the food line, and clean tables. All have the chance to interact with the residents.
Habitat for Humanity
Christ The King "Home Team" works with Habitat for Humanity to build low-cost housing for underprivileged families. Habitat for Humanity is a faith-based, Christian ministry whose purpose is to help communities by building affordable homes, in partnership with low-income families in the Greater Miami area. Volunteers give of their time periodically throughout the year in a variety of ways. There are many opportunities and areas in which to help. The Home Team meets as announced.
Fall Festival/Elephant Bazaar
The Fall Festival and Elephant Bazaar is a new twist on a longstanding tradition at Christ the King. This year, the annual "Elephant Bazaar" will feature beautiful and gently used clothing, jewelry and more for sale in Ludder Fellowship Hall. Meanwhile, outside at the Fall Festival there will be a multi-family garage sale with treasures of all types, along with a variety of artisans with booths filled with arts and crafts for sale. Add music, food trucks, community outreach information, and strolls along the canal, and it all adds up to a terrific day for everyone. Proceeds from the indoor bazaar and the family garage sale all go to ministries of the church. The 2015 Fall Festival/Elephant Bazaar date is Saturday, November 7.
Monthly Food Drives
Once a month CTK collects non-perishable food items and other needed supplies for Curley's House in Liberty City. Curley's House was established in 2001 by committed Christians to feed and clothe people in need in Miami-Dade county. More than 750,000 people in Liberty City, Allapatah, Brownsville, Little Haiti and other communities have been helped by this important ministry. CTK has provided hundreds of pounds of rice, pasta, sauce, cereal, thousands of cans of tuna and vegetables, and much much more to fill their shelves.
God's Work. Our Hands.
CTK recently celebrated "God's Work. Our Hands." Sunday on September 20, 2015. GWOH Sunday is an annual denomination-wide call for service in the community. This past GWOH Sunday, almost 80 volunteers helped pick up trash at Matheson Hammock, entertained residents at harmony house, provided landscaping services for Paragon Partnership and Open House Ministries, supported an animal shelter, wrote cards for veterans, and assembled care bags for people experiencing homelessness.
Samaritan Counseling Centers
Christ the King serves as one of the locations for Samaritan Counseling Centers (SCC). SCC is spiritually-sensitive counseling service, with a team of highly trained and experienced professionals offering individual counseling and psychotherapy, marital and family therapy, relationship therapy, and child therapy. There are counseling offices in churches throughout Palm Beach, Broward and Miami-Dade counties. For more information, consult the Samaritan Counseling Centers website at www.samaritansfl.org.