HomeTouch Ministry – Each week, we send our homebound members a personal package from our church. It contains two pages printed in LARGE type for easy reading, reminding them of how much they are remembered and loved. The devotional page includes a thought for the week, a prayer and a short, inspirational message. The activity page, important because shut-ins have so much time on their hands, is chock-full of things for them to do during those long hours of the day. Each activity is based on the Bible or church life. The HomeTouch mailings help to fill those long, quiet times of the day in a meaningful way.
Beacon Falls Care Bank – The Beacon Falls Care Bank assists local people in need with grocery store gift cards. These cards are intended to complement/supplement the non-perishable foods they receive through our partner food-bank (see Ecumenical Food Bank information below). When canned and boxed foods are not enough, our gift cards enable families to purchase fresh produce, meat and dairy which are essential for a healthy, balanced diet.
The Ecumenical Food Bank, Inc. Naugatuck, CT – The Food Bank was developed in the fall of 1984 as a project of the Naugatuck / Beacon Falls Conferences of Churches and provides assistance to those residents of Beacon Falls and Naugatuck who at any time need a temporary food supply. Our church is grateful to be able to lend support through food donations to this noble organization. In 2009 alone, the food bank served 6,655 people offering nearly 60,000 meals to 420 families. To learn more on how to donate your time, talent and treasure, please contact The Ecumenical Food Bank, Inc. at 203-723-1922.
The Boy Scout Campership Fund – BFCC believes that every Scout should be given an opportunity to take part in an outdoor experience. Summer camp is more than just a place for Scouts to have fun. It instills self-confidence in a child though challenging activities, trying new experiences and developing relationships with others. A summer camp adventure prepares a young person to become successful in life! But many families need financial support to send their Scout to camp. The campership fund was established to ensure that Scouts who, without financial assistance, would not otherwise be able to attend camp.
The Ecumenical Toy Sale – Is an annual Christmas Toy Sale run by the Valley Ecumenical Council of Churches that is open solely to parents of families in financial need. In order to be eligible to attend the toy sale which is hosted by St. Michael’s Episcopal Church in Naugatuck, they must present a written referral to the toy sale from either their church or the children’s school. Here, parents are able to choose from a wide selection of unwrapped, store price tag still on, new toys and pay only a small percentage of the original cost. Our church was thrilled to be able to donate over 130 children’s toys and gifts to this event last year!