On the fourth Saturday of each month FSBC hosts a meal for the homeless of our area. There are currently two teams that are responsible for cooking, serving, and cleaning up. This is a great opportunity to minister to live into God’s passion to feed the hungry and help people “taste” the kingdom of God in some small way.
Norfolk Emergency Shelter Team (N.E.S.T.)
NEST is a volunteer coalition of churches, synagogues, and community groups who offer emergency shelter to the homeless during the winter months. Volunteers are needed to sign guests in, prepare and serve the evening meal and breakfast, and take overnight shifts staying at the host church. Volunteers are able to build relationships with these wonderful people who need this service and to gain unusual insight into their lives and the challenges they face.
Freemason Street’s van ministry was formed some years ago when a neighborhood grocery store closed. People who used to walk to the store could no longer do so. Though originally intended as a shuttle service for Saturday grocery shopping, our van ministry has developed into much more. Committed to helping seniors and lower-income or disabled community members without transportation, this ministry has become the “Errand Run” each Saturday. Typically the van run starts at 8:30 am and finishes at 1:30 pm.
Ghent Area Ministries (GAM)
Freemason Street has partnered with numerous other Ghent area congregations to support the Ghent Area Ministry (GAM). GAM is an ecumenical ministry dedicated to ministering in faith to those in need in the Norfolk community through financial assistance, resources, and services. Those with financial difficulties receive help with rent, utilities, filling of prescriptions/medical needs, food, baby formula/diapers, obtaining IDs, and transportation. In addition, clients can receive assistance from the Coat Closet and the Food Pantry. GAM also works in conjunction with other social services agencies in Norfolk to provide needed resources and services to the clients. Daily needs also addressed by GAM include bag lunches, hygiene kits, emergency food bags, and temporary photo IDs.
The Ghent Area Ministry office is open Monday-Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. and is located at 1301 Colonial Avenue, Suite 2, Norfolk. 622-0438. Email – firstname.lastname@example.org[divider top=”0″]
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