Gospel Fellowship is committed to reaching out to those outside of our church, whether to our neighbors through sports programs or summer camps, or further abroad through the missionaries we support with both our time and our money.
The Christian Recreation Program is a free summer camp for children ages five through 14 that Gospel Fellowship has provided to the community for over 50 years. Held Monday through Thursday mornings for several weeks in the summer, it includes a daily Bible message and offers children the opportunity to schedule their own activities, including athletic games, arts and crafts, fishing, and board games.
Our gym and property provide a unique opportunity to reach our community, through our Power Volleyball and angleball outreach programs. Both programs include a short, gospel-oriented devotional as well as the relationship-building that comes with competing with and against each other. Power Volleyball meets at 7 p.m. Mondays, and is open to anyone ages 14 or older. There is an open tournament in February for other local teams. In the summer, we play angleball on Monday evenings for adults (high school or older), and on Tuesday evenings for families with children.
The Compassion Project exists to care for the people in our community and fulfill the words of Jesus in Matthew 25:31–40 – namely, sharing the love of Christ through the provision of meals to those who would benefit from them in our area. Volunteers prepare meals and deliver them several times a month to recipients in a local neighborhood.
Based on the knowledge that “the parts of the body that seem to be weaker are indispensable” (1 Cor. 12:22), the Disability Ministry comes alongside those with special needs and their families, working to make the necessary changes to equip those with special needs to receive and understand God’s Word and to offer respite support for their families. This includes services such as hearing amplifiers, large print bulletins and wheelchair seating in the worship service, or a buddy program in which volunteers care for those with special needs during the service so their families can worship. They also work to identify and address practical needs as they arise, and provide limited transportation assistance.
Gospel Fellowship is active in missions, supporting 25 missionaries throughout the world as well as supporting our own members on trips both locally and abroad. In recent years, members have served in Chile and Peru as well as West Virginia and, in conjunction with the Special Needs Committee, supported those with various disabilities at Jill’s House and Joni and Friends, in Ohio. We also host an annual missions conference in the spring to increase our own awareness of the needs of the church around the world.