“What oxygen is to the human body, mission is to the church…”
The above quote by one of the 20th century’s greatest theologians speaks of the importance we place on both local and global mission at Albemarle Road Presbyterian Church. We believe that as the church we exist for others and that any church experiences life to the degree it turns away from self-maintenance to the needs of a hurting world.
On any given Sunday you will most likely hear appeals during our worship services to give of oneself and ones resources to meet the needs of the least, the last, and the lost in our world. At ARPC we are not hesitant to ask for such involvement and many of our congregation always respond. At ARPC we strive to promote the involvement of everyone in our congregation in mission in the community and in the world.
There are formal and informal ways that each person can find to serve others and promote the love of Christ Jesus. We believe that mission is critical to a healthy, growing church and important in our lives of glorifying God and carrying out His commandments. The Mission Committee serves the central role of coordinating our named mission projects and is always seeking new ways to support missions and our missionaries. In addition to monetary gifts to numerous organizations, the commitment of time and talent is integral to “risk-taking mission” as we see it at ARPC.
We support the following ministries through our work:
- Crisis Assistance
- Friendship Trays
- Charlotte Rescue Mission
- Charlotte Pregnancy Care Center
- Young Life
- Florence Crittenton Home
- Alexander Youth Network
- Uptown Shelter
- Shepherd Center East
- Second Harvest
- Urban Ministry Center
- Jacob's Ladder
- 5 Cents a Meal
- A Child's Place
- Red Cross
- CROP Walk
- Souper Bowl Sunday
- One Great Hour of Sharing
- Charlotte Has Heart
- Hearts for Hunger
- Room in the Inn
- Feed My Lambs
- Honduras Mission Trips
Below is a closer look at just a few of the above ministries and other missions of ARPC:
Room In The Inn – This ministry to the homeless of the greater Charlotte area has been a blessing to ARPC. Each week twelve homeless persons (often children are present) come to our church home for a hot meal, bath, and warm place to sleep. Our members make special effort to serve meals “fit for a king and queen.” It is not uncommon to see church members sitting with Charlotte’s homeless over a meal getting to know each other one to one.
Feed My Lambs – This is a tutoring and lunch buddy ministry to a school in our literal backyard. The school is classified as inner city and high poverty and stands in need of all the help they can get. We respond through tutoring, friendship and purchasing of school uniforms. In the future, we desire to see much greater involvement as we strive to show greater support to the staff and beautiful children of the school.
Walking by Faith Community Church is a congregation in ministry with ARPC to our East Charlotte community. While Walking by Faith is a predominantly African-American church, they welcome all to join them in worship and service. The pastor of Walking by Faith Church is Rev. Al Denson. Worship Services are held each Sunday at 11:00 a.m. in Calvin Hall.
The Charlotte Chin Community Church is a predominantly Burmese congregation and is also in mission with Albemarle Road Presbyterian Church to the many refugees who make up our East Charlotte Neighborhood. The children and youth of the Chin Church join each Sunday with ARPC for Sunday School.
English as a Second Language is taught weekly on the Albemarle Road Presbyterian Church campus Monday through Friday mornings. This ministry is an extension of the ESL teaching outreach of the Central Piedmont Community College.
Refugee Support Services of the Carolinas offers support and empowers the refugees of our community. Staffed by volunteers, the ministry helps new arrivals learn how to thrive independently in an unfamiliar community. This ministry opens its doors every Saturday morning from 9 – 12 a.m. in the Family Life Center of the church.
Global Mission – ARPC takes with joyful seriousness the great commission of Jesus Christ to go into all the world with the gospel. We are always looking for new ways to connect with Christian groups through the world to reach out in word and deed to those who do not know the love of Jesus Christ.