Jesus told his disciples that they were to be “the salt of the earth” and “the light of the world.” We understand that to mean that still today we should be making a difference in our community and the world beyond. At the First Christian Church of Henderson we take this mandate seriously. We are constantly striving to find ways we can make a difference for Christ and his kingdom both near and far. Members of the church are encouraged to get involved and participate in a number of outreach ministries.
We make a difference locally by providing food for children to take home from school on weekends, helping to deliver commodities each month, collecting food and clothes for Christian Community Outreach and the Volunteer Information Center. We also do this through our LOVE program for at risk adults, participation with Habitat for Humanity, support of the W.A.R.M. Center and Salvation Army, and provision of snack items for St. Anthony’s Hospice. Each year we provide Thanksgiving and Christmas baskets for those in need. We also make sure that those who come to perform for the W. C. Handy Blues Festival are fed. A number of our members are involved in an ecumenical prayer shawl ministry and each year we work with churches of other denominations in Henderson to present a community Vacation Bible School for area children. We annually provide assistance to both the local “Shop With a Cop” and “Good-Fellows” programs at Christmas. As we can, we assist those needing help with gas, rent, and utilities. We are also working to make our community aware of the need to be good stewards of God’s Creation.
Through our denomination’s Week of Compassion and Disciples Home Mission Fund we provide monetary aid to help those affected by natural disasters, those being trained for ministry, and those who serve as missionaries. Other offerings support efforts to improve social justice and combat racial inequality in America and beyond.
Through the ministries noted above, and still yet others, we are attempting to be the salt of the earth and the light of the world Jesus calls us to be. Having been richly blessed by God’s amazing grace, it is our desire to be a blessing to others and to share God’s love with all we can.