Here at Emmanuel United Church of Christ we have many opportunities for Ministry and Outreach for our members and our youth.
Historically, wayfinders were indigenous explorers who mapped out the Pacific ocean in order to thrive. Here at Emmanuel we believe our youth are like wayfinders, mapping out their futures in Christ. In order to achieve that future together our Wayfinders form bonds of friendship, connect the Bible and Bible stories to their lives, and have fun while doing it. Our sessions usually involve a song, a bible story, games, and a snack. Come out and join us on a Sunday night for Wayfinders!
Sunday Evenings 6-7:30pm
Each year our Emmanuel youth have the opportunity to attend Church Camp at Templed Hills Camp and Retreat Center in Bellville, OH. At camp, our youth get to know God, themselves, and others as they become better friends in a good community that solves problems without fighting. They also learn about, understand, and respect nature, as well as how best to care for themselves, others, and all of God's creation. All while having fun as they learn, work, and worship together with other campers.
Summers: June - August
During the month of July, Emmanuel works with other area churches in the Community of Bluffton, OH to organize and run a Community Vacation Bible School program. Each year the location of the program rotates between the participating churches. This is a wonderful way for our youth and our community to come together in an ecumenical mission to share the Love of Christ as One Body.
Adult Bible Study
Our Adult Bible Study Group meets on a weekly basis during the Fall, Winter, and Spring to explore the Word of God in order to better understand God's Will for us, ourselves, and how we, as individuals and a community of faith, can best serve God and our greater community. Our group is open to any who wish to join us!
September - May
On the second Saturday of each month the men of our church who are of confirmation age and older gather for a time of faith, fellowship, and food at Lulu's Diner in Bluffton, OH. We always welcome friends and visitors who are interested in a good meal and good conversation.
Second Saturday of Each Month
Our Women's Outreach group is comprised of women out of highschool and older who gather together for various programs and outreach missions within our church and for the Bluffton Community. Missions include: meal preparation & visitation for our at-home members, putting together disaster kits & personal care kits, hosting an annual Ice Cream Social, volunteering at the local nursing homes, and making contributions for building improvements as well as to local Outreach projects.
Third Monday of Each Month
Ongoing Missions at Emmanuel
There are many missions in which Emmanuel participates throughout the year. Our current missions include:
- Eye Glasses Collection - Any frames or glasses you are no longer using
can be donated to BOSH.
- Campbell Soup Labels - Labels are donated to the Labels for Education
program for the local Bluffton school district.
- Bluffton Food Pantry - We are currently responsible for donating
toiletries to the local food pantry at St. John's
- Community Market Receipts - Funds raised by collected Community
Market Receipts go towards our Youth
Fund for youth activities.
- Noisy Collection - The first Sunday of each month our youth collect
loose change to go towards a local charity or
non-profit. The current collection goes towards the