Outreach – Local and Beyond

There are a wide range of outreach opportunities to serve the local community, and beyond in the world. Outreach happens in many places at BCC! Listed below are on-going and regularly occurring projects, however, there is also outreach efforts in other Church groups. The Church Ministry pages and church calendar lists current and up-coming projects. To get involved, please contact names listed or call the church office at 246-0111 for more information.

Opportunities….

Community Soup Kitchen

Park Place Congregational UCC, 71 Park Place Pawtucket. Our church prepares and serves a meal one Saturday every 2 months on a rotating basis with other churches. Volunteers are welcome and needed to provide food and/or to serve at the soup kitchen. We also make an annual financial contribution to help defray expenses. To volunteer, contact our Soup Kitchen Coordinator, Dianne Todd at dianne.todd@verizonbusiness.com.

Loaves & Fishes Rhode Island

This is a thriving ministry with 9 RI churches operating a food truck which serves the homeless and those in need by providing food, clothing, and basic necessities.  The churches coordinate one truck on various days of the week, visiting different sites statewide. Learn more at the Loaves & Fishes RI website .

Deacon’s Fund

A special offering collected on Communion Sundays, to extend a ‘helping hand’ to those in need in our church and immediate community. Learn more about this at the bottom of the page.

Mission Trips

Our Senior High Youth go on a mission trip each year, usually during spring school vacation. They have traveled to places such as Tucson, AZ; Biloxi, Miss; West Virginia; NYC; Pittsburg; and Maine.

Disaster Relief

When a natural disaster occurs in the world, whether it’s a tsunami, earthquake or flooding etc., a special collection is often taken during worship and sent on to aid in rescue and rebuilding efforts.

TapIn – (Touch A Person in Need)

http://www.tapinri.com serving neighbors in Barrington, Bristol, Warren and East Providence. Tapin runs a food pantry, provides rides, furniture, household goods and children’s clothing for those in need. We have an on-going collection for the food pantry and other special drives. A number of our church members volunteer at Tap-In working on the help desk, offering rides to medical appointments, or working in the food pantry or clothing closet. To volunteer, contact Tap-In at 247-1444.

Local Mission and Justice Projects

  • Christmas Giving Tree – in the spirit of the love and giving of the holiday season, we invite people to choose a gift card from our decorated tree, to donate to a family in need. The cards are for pharmacies, grocery stores, utilities, toy stores, discount stores, and are given to the Women’s Resource Center before Christmas so the women can purchase items they need. A monetary donation is also given to the Salvation Army Good Neighbor Energy Fund, which helps low income households pay their energy bills during the colder winter months.
  • Mitten Tree – in the weeks of Advent, the congregation fills the tree with colorful gifts of warmth – hats, gloves, scarves and mittens for all ages. Some are even hand made by the church knitting group! They are then given to various local agencies for distribution to those who need them.

Neighbors in Need

Every fall our church collects for this special mission offering of the UCC that supports ministries of justice and compassion throughout the United States and Puerto Rico. One-third of the NIN funds support the Council for American Indian Ministry (CAIM), including the 20 American Indian congregations in the UCC. Two-thirds of the offering is used by the UCC’s Justice and Witness Ministries (JWM) to support a variety of justice initiatives, advocacy efforts, and direct service projects.

One Great Hour of Sharing

Our church is proud to participate in this annual UCC offering that raises millions of dollars for needy people throughout the worId. In this small way we are touching the lives of refugees, disaster victims, and those suffering from hunger, poverty, and human rights injustices.

Goodwill Collection Bin

Located in the large parking lot of the church, near the kitchen door. 100% of your donations benefit RI community. Clothing, shoes, and small toys can be donated. Clothing can be any condition (just not damp or moldy).

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Deacons’ Fund

It is an old custom in our church to receive a special offering for the Deacons’ Fund on Communion Sundays. Administered by the Deacons, the fund is a remnant of one of the oldest traditions of the Christian church – extending a ‘helping hand’ to those in need in our church and immediate community.

Gift cards to the local supermarket are purchased from the Deacons’ fund and are available for the ministers and staff to give to those who come seeking assistance. BCCUCC supports Tap-In, our local nearby food pantry, in a number of different ways (see below) and we encourage those seeking assistance to visit them where they will be given non-perishable food items and other assistance as needed. The gift cards we are able to give out are especially useful to those seeking help as they can be used to purchase perishable food items as well as such things as diapers and baby formula that are unavailable at Tap-In.

The Deacons’ Fund is also used to assist with rent or utility payments on a case by case basis. The requests come almost exclusively from people outside our church, but we are also able to assist church members if needed. We encourage all who come asking for help to contact local social service agencies and provide them with the necessary information to do so. But there are many who fall between the cracks and so we offer emergency assistance when appropriate.

We are grateful to all of our church members who donate to our Deacons’ Fund – without your generosity we would not be able to assist those in need in our community.