Christ calls us to be his presence, and these ministries are our attempt to be faithful to that call. Our desire is to be his hands and feet in our community. As you read about these ministries, please pray for those involved. As you pray, God may call you to action. If so, there is a place for you in service here. To find out more, contact us at 314.533.7340.
The Paul Sasser Relief Fund helps church members and our neighbors who are experiencing financial difficulties, including eviction, utility disconnection, inability to pay for prescriptions and transportation problems. Money from the fund also provides hospitality for those unable to pay for Wednesday night dinners at church. A special offering is taken for the Sasser fund on the first Sunday of every month, at the conclusion of worship.
Third's Food Pantry is open on the third Saturday of each month from 8 a.m. to 10:30am. The church partners with the St. Louis Area Foodbank to provide the groceries. No advance registration is required to participate. The pantry is located on the church's ground floor.
About 15 church members volunteer at Pamoja Preparatory Academy at Cole Elementary School nearby through a program called KidsHope USA, which pairs churches with local public schools. Our mentors meet with their KidsHope children once a week for one hour and offer encouragement, help with academics and mostly importantly, love. A prayer partner is assigned to each mentor and child. The church also lifts up the school in prayer and supports the teachers throughout the year.
Our Tutoring program meets on Monday and Wednesday afternoons, from 4 to 6 p.m. in the Rose Holman Learning Center on the fourth floor of the church. The program serves students from the region's public, charter and parochial schools. Tutors are volunteers, mainly students from nearby St. Louis University and church members. They help students with homework, reading, math and other skills. The learning center has a computer lab that is equipped with Orchard educational software and has Internet access. Another bonus: basketball and other recreation at night's end.
Each year, over 60 children and their families spend Saturday mornings at Third participating in our Upward Basketball League. In the Upward program, children develop their athletic abilities while being mentored in character building and spiritual formation.