Community

Engagement

FAITH WITHOUT WORKS IS DEAD 

“What good is it, my brothers and sisters, if someone claims to have faith but has no deeds? Can such faith save them? Suppose a brother or a sister is without clothes and daily food. If one of you says to them, “Go in peace; keep warm and well fed,” but does nothing about their physical needs, what good is it? In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead.” James 2:14-17

At Black Rock, we want our faith to be ALIVE. Jesus loves our community, and so do we. On YOUR street, in YOUR neighborhood, in YOUR town there are people who need the love of Jesus – how will you step out in faith with Jesus to impact our community?
Want to learn more about our Community Engagement initiative? Click below to get more info, sign up for texts and emails, or sign up to serve!

SECOND

SATURDAY

SERVING

Every second Saturday of the month, we will have a church-wide service project: We set up the project, you show up at the church, and we will serve our community together! Make sure to join our email list so you know about each upcoming project.

Upcoming date: October 8
This month, we will be partnering with Operation Hope. We will be dividing up to complete a few different tasks. Some will do yard work, some will help cook a meal at church, and some will bake at home.

  • WHO: All ages welcome
  • WHEN: October 8 at 9:00 AM (end times may vary; 1:00 PM is the latest cutoff)
  • WHERE: Meet at Black Rock Church or drop off homemade baked goods to church by 12:00 PM
  • BRING: Closed-toed shoes + work clothes
  • RSVP: Let us know if you will be attending in-person or bringing baked goods from home by emailing Carolyn at cdileo@blackrock.org.

Mark your calendar! The next fall projects are:

  • November 12
  • December 10

FIFTH

SUNDAY

DONATIONS

Through this opportunity, God is inviting us to be a part of providing for the physical needs of our neighbors and local partners! On every fifth Sunday of the month, we will let you know what kind of item we are collecting (food, clothes, school supplies, etc.) and then you can bring it to the church on your way to service! Join our email list to know what item to bring each month. Your generosity introduces people to the love of Jesus!

Mark your calendar for the first few dates!

  • October 30
  • January 29
  • April 30

Start collecting for Sunday, October 30!

Our first collection will be for Pivot Ministries, which has an urgent need for food and laundry supplies. 

Bless this ministry by giving:

CLOTHING

  • Men’s Boxers | S – 4XL | XL and XXL are most popular
  • Polo Shirts
  • Dress Socks (Thin)
  • Lounge Pants/Sweats/Pajamas
  • Face Cloth
  • T-shirts
  • Shower Shoes (sizes 8 to 13)

FOOD

  • Tuna (Solid White, large cans)
  • Whole Hams (we have slicers)
  • Whole Turkeys
  • Block of Cheese
  • Cases of Water
  • Half n Half

BREAKFAST FOOD

  • ANYTHING to do with breakfast
  • Bacon
  • Eggs
  • Grits
  • Sausage
  • Maple Syrup
  • Butter
  • Biscuits
  • Milk

LAUNDRY SUPPLIES

  •  Bleach
  • Laundry Detergent
  • Fabric Softener
  • Dryer Sheets
  • Scent Boosters

“For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink…I needed clothes and you clothed me…whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.” Matthew 25:35-36, 40

Find out more about our partners and sign up to serve below!

MEET OUR PARTNERS

Young Life: Young Life’s mission is to introduce adolescents to Jesus Christ and help them grow in their faith. We aim to serve as “local missionaries” to high school and middle school students in the area who aren’t yet plugged in with a local church.

Pivot Ministries: Pivot Ministries is a Bible-based in-residence recovery program for men. We treat drug and alcohol addiction as a spiritual problem and return the men to their families usefully whole.

Hopeline: Hopeline is a Christ-centered ministry that offers hope and support to women and their families facing unplanned pregnancies.

Urban Impact: Urban Impact is made up of volunteers who tutor and mentor at-risk youth in the low-income, PT Barnum, public housing community of Bridgeport.

Operation Hope: Operation Hope provides services to our neighbors in Fairfield who are homeless or at risk of homelessness.

Gideons International: Gideons International is an organization of Christian professionals that distribute Scriptures free of charge around the world.

Bridgeport Rescue Mission: Bridgeport Rescue Mission provides vital services to men, women, and children facing hunger, homelessness, and addiction by offering help to heal and return to the community whole.

Kairos Prison Ministry: Kairos Prison Ministry is to share the transforming love and forgiveness of Jesus Christ to impact the hearts and lives of incarcerated men, women, youth, and their families.

Local Serving Finder

Please use the filters to find a serving opportunity that is right for you.

Need help finding the right opportunity? Click the button below and we'll help you!

Ministry Type

Mainly Serving

Day of Week

Time of Day

Ministry Name

Bridgeport Rescue Mission - Community Pantry
Ministry Type: Meals
Mainly Serving: Children/students, Women, Men
Location: Bridgeport
Day of Week: Monday, Wednesday, Friday
Time of Day: Morning, Afternoon
Time: 9:00 AM-12:00 PM or 12:00 PM-3:00 PM

Assisting with registering community guests, unloading food rescue deliveries, packing produce bags for distribution, stocking shelves and refrigerators, helping the community guests through the pantry, helping community guests find more specific items, helping community guests carry their bags, etc.


Bridgeport Rescue Mission - Food Prep
Ministry Type: Meals
Mainly Serving: Children/students, Women, Men
Location: Bridgeport
Day of Week: Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday
Time of Day: Morning, Afternoon, Evening
Time: 1:00 PM-4:00 PM

Directly assist the kitchen staff in various food preparation, cooking, cleaning tasks, and learn basic food safety procedures to ensure the kitchen remains efficient in creating and serving meals to our residents and guests.


Bridgeport Rescue Mission - Meal Service
Ministry Type: Meals
Mainly Serving: Children/students, Women, Men
Location: Bridgeport
Day of Week: Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday
Time of Day: Morning, Afternoon, Evening
Time: Breakfast 8:00 AM-10:00 AM, Lunch 11:00 AM-1:00 PM, Dinner 4:00 PM-6:00 PM.

Support the success of meals being served to our residents and community guests. Tasks can include but not be limited to pre-meal preparation, serving food, sanitation measures, clearing tables, interacting with the community, and engaging with our community.


Bridgeport Rescue Mission - Prayer Team
Ministry Type: Other
Mainly Serving: Children/students, Women, Men
Location: Bridgeport
Day of Week: Monday, Wednesday, Friday
Time of Day: Morning
Time: 9:30 AM-12:30 PM

During our pantry hours pray for those who request prayer, interceding for those who don’t request prayer, and interceding for our pantry to have an abundance for those in need of food.


Gideons International - Detention Center Bible Services
Ministry Type: Evangelism
Mainly Serving: Children/students
Location: Bridgeport
Day of Week: Sunday, Wednesday
Time of Day: Afternoon, Evening
Time: Sunday afternoon, Wednesday evening

Preaching the Word and handing out Bibles at a service in the Bridgeport Youth Detention Center.


Gideons International - New Testament Hand-Outs
Ministry Type: Evangelism
Mainly Serving: Children/students, Women, Men
Location: varies
Day of Week: Sunday, Friday, Saturday
Time of Day: Morning, Afternoon, Evening
Time: varies

Outreach events where volunteers distribute New Testament scriptures at events. Norwalk Oyster Festival: September 9-11, New York City Blitz: September 19, Big E Fair, MA: September 16-October 2


Homebridge Ventures - Skilled Volunteer Opportunities
Mainly Serving: Women, Men
Location: Bridgeport
Day of Week: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday
Time of Day: Morning, Afternoon, Evening
Time: varies; between 9:00 AM-6:00 PM

Counseling; running groups in personal technology, substance abuse, parenting, legal support, spiritual development; mentorship; maintaining the facility by cleaning up, making coffee, and running errands; and shuttling members to appointments with partner service providers.


Hopeline - Patient Support
Mainly Serving: Women
Location: Bridgeport, Stamford, Danbury
Day of Week: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday
Time of Day: Morning, Afternoon
Time: varies; in 3-4 hour incraments

Greeting patients, answering phones, setting up appointments, giving patients resource kits. Generally, for in office volunteers, women are preferred because of the nature of the ministry.


Hopeline - Recovery Ministry
Mainly Serving: Women, Men
Location: Bridgeport, Stamford, Danbury
Day of Week: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday
Time of Day: Morning, Afternoon
Time: varies; in 3-4 hour incraments

To participate in the recovery ministry, it requires training with our recovery director. Once through the application process and trained, recovery leaders lead bible studies for men and women who have had abortions, were victims of sexual trauma or who have experienced child loss. Female leaders are welcome and we are always looking to add male leaders.


Hopeline - Serving at the Center
Mainly Serving: Women
Location: Bridgeport, Stamford, Danbury
Day of Week: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday
Time of Day: Morning, Afternoon
Time: varies; in 3-4 hour incraments

Putting together resource packs, helping with clerical work. Generally, for in office volunteers, women are preferred because of the nature of the ministry.


Kairos - Monthly Meetings
Ministry Type: Other
Mainly Serving: Women, Men
Location: Easton
Day of Week: Saturday
Time of Day: Morning
Time: 8:00 AM

Third Saturday of every month, meeting with other volunteers to get to know the program until ministry in prisons is resumed (paused because of COVID-19)


Kairos - Weekend Trips
Ministry Type: Other
Mainly Serving: Women, Men
Location: varies
Day of Week: Sunday, Friday, Saturday
Time of Day: Morning, Afternoon, Evening
Time: varies

3 _ day weekend ministry trip with about 30 other Christians from other churches around the state to visit one of five prisons in the state. Once visits are allowed again, team preparation meetings will take place the six Saturday mornings prior to the weekend trip. Meetings will be held either on Zoom or Covenant Church in Easton, and the prison to be visited will be communicated in the meetings.


Operation Hope - Baked Goods
Ministry Type: Meals
Mainly Serving: Varies
Location: Fairfield
Day of Week: Monday, Wednesday, Friday
Time of Day: Morning, Afternoon
Time: 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Provide treats for Food Pantry patrons such as cookies, brownies, muffins, etc., baked in batches of _ dozen, labeled with ingredients.


Operation Hope - Community Kitchen Delivery
Ministry Type: Meals
Mainly Serving: Varies
Location: Fairfield
Day of Week: Wednesday, Thursday
Time of Day: Morning, Afternoon, Evening
Time: Meals need to be delivered by 3:00 PM on the second Thursday of each month (or delivered the night before).

Prepare a meal to serve 45-50 people, including a main protein, vegetable, starch, small green salad, and dessert.


Operation Hope - Fall Clean Up
Ministry Type: Other
Mainly Serving: Varies
Location: varies; multiple locations in need
Day of Week: Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday
Time: varies; schedule a time

Shopping for materials (mulch, flowers, leaf bags, gloves, etc.) and then raking, weeding, planting, and other landscaping activities to make the garden beautiful!


Pivot Ministries - Administrative Work
Ministry Type: Admin
Mainly Serving: Varies
Location: Bridgeport
Day of Week: Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday
Time of Day: Morning, Afternoon
Time: varies; in 3 hour incraments

Data entry in the development and intake office.


Pivot Ministries - Car Repair
Ministry Type: Other
Mainly Serving: Varies
Location: Bridgeport
Day of Week: Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday
Time of Day: Morning, Afternoon
Time: by appointment only

Mechanical help for broken down cars.


Pivot Ministries - Meal Delivery
Ministry Type: Meals
Mainly Serving: Men
Location: Bridgeport
Day of Week: Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday
Time of Day: Evening
Time: varies

Making and delivering food for 53 men.


Urban Impact - Kid Power
Ministry Type: Tutoring
Mainly Serving: Children/students
Location: Bridgeport
Day of Week: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday
Time of Day: Morning
Time: 9:00 AM - 2:00 PM

Work under the direction of a teacher as a classroom helper or tutor, helping students with various subjects either individually or in a group as needed.


Urban Impact - Primetime
Ministry Type: Evangelism, Mentoring
Mainly Serving: Children/students
Location: Bridgeport
Day of Week: Monday
Time of Day: Evening
Time: 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

Prime Time is a Christian Mentoring Program for students grades 6-8. The hope is that volunteers who come out will connect and share their faith with their mentees. During Prime Time Sessions a gospel message is shared and mentors will be expected to help their mentees understand the message and process it so the students can grow in their faith. The kids also engage in a variety of recreational activities. The mentors will be expected to engage with the kids and talk with them about school, life and the gospel.


Urban Impact - Primetime Junior
Ministry Type: Evangelism, Mentoring
Mainly Serving: Children/students
Location: Bridgeport
Day of Week: Monday
Time of Day: Evening
Time: 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM

Prime Time Junior is a Christian Mentoring Program for students grades 3-5. The hope is that volunteers who come out will connect and share their faith with their mentees. During Prime Time Sessions a gospel message is shared and mentors will be expected to help their mentees understand the message and process it so the students can grow in their faith. The kids also engage in a variety of recreational activities. The mentors will be expected to engage with the kids and talk with them about school, life and the gospel.


Urban Impact - XLR8
Mainly Serving: Children/students
Location: Bridgeport
Day of Week: Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday
Time of Day: Evening
Time: 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM

XLR8 is a homework/tutoring program. Volunteers will be expected to help the student who is assigned to them with their homework. In some cases they may need to tutor the student in math/literacy because the student may not understand the assigned work. There is also a recreational portion of the program that the mentors will be asked to engage in. Mentors are expected to put in an effort to build relationships with the students.


Young Life - Community Advocate
Ministry Type: Other
Mainly Serving: Varies
Location: varies
Day of Week: Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday
Time of Day: Morning, Afternoon, Evening
Time: varies

Attend a See the Story event and then host/invite others to join them for future See the Story events. These are 1 hour informational meetings where we share the vision of Young Life (not a fundraising event!) These are meant to be smaller events (6-10 people) with light snacks and drinks, where people who don’t know about Young Life can come to simply hear what we are about. A person could host their own event and fill the spots themselves, or join in to an existing event and simply invite someone else to join them.


Young Life - Serving on Committee
Ministry Type: Other
Mainly Serving: Varies
Location: Trumbull, Fairfield, Westport
Day of Week: Sunday
Time of Day: Afternoon
Time: 2:00 PM - 4:30 PM; 3rd Sunday of every month

Attend committee meetings, participate in one of the sub-committees, give input and ideas to help improve Young Life in Greater Fairfield, be an advocate for Young Life in the community


Young Life - Serving with Students
Mainly Serving: Children/students
Location: Trumbull
Day of Week: Monday, Friday
Time of Day: Evening
Time: Monday nights 7:17-9:00 PM weekly meetings, Bi-weekly Friday 5:00-7:00 PM leadership training

Spending time with students in order to build relationships with them and share the Gospel in word and deed