Recently, Christ Church, Fort Lauderdale, began a weekly shared meals ministry to 80 to 100 low-income individuals and families at risk for hunger in the Pompano Beach community. The weekly gathering involves fellowship, a meal and prayer. The idea came from a lay person at Christ Church, who saw a need and sensed a calling from God to respond. The ministry is now a regular Sunday afternoon experience.
Many of those who originally came to eat are now serving others each week. In addition, many are asking to create a worship time as part of the weekly gathering. Further, Christ Church recently partnered with the Holy Cross Hospital-Fort Lauderdale parish nurse program to offer health care ministries to the shared meals community. Flu shots, blood pressure checks, and HIV testing were available. There are talks now of expanding these health-related ministries to foot care for the homeless.
In following the leading of the Spirit, Christ Church has experienced how God is building community and meeting both spiritual and physical needs for all of us.
– Brett Opalinski is senior pastor of Christ Church.