Reach Local is the local outreach initiative of One Harbor Church. As a church we exist all for the sake of the Gospel, and tangibly displaying God’s love is a vital part of that mission. Following the example of Jesus, we seek to identify the physical, spiritual, and relational needs of our neighbors and community and respond using a holistic, Gospel-centered approach. This can happen through community engagement such as supporting local events, responding to natural disasters, or assisting non-profits within our city. Additionally this can happen at the family or individual level through construction projects, financial assistance and counseling, moving assistance, and many other local service opportunities.
Community groups are small groups that meet each week in homes throughout our cities to love each other, grow in the Gospel together, and serve our neighbors, cities, and beyond together. Community groups are the main avenue through which we serve our community and neighbors. Multiple times a year these groups figure out different ways to love and serve together within their unique contexts, including serving meals, helping neighbors with home repairs, volunteering with local ministries or at local events, hosting neighborhood BBQs, and more.
Throughout the year, we partner with Family Promise Carteret and open up our doors to host homeless families, pregnant women, and women over 45 in our community. Family Promise provides services that may include budgeting, general counseling, goal planning, and nutritional counseling. During our assigned weeks, families in the program will spend the evenings and weekends living in our church building. In order to support this local ministry effort, we need volunteers to bring meals, set up and tear down, and weekend and overnight hosts.
One Harbor Church takes seriously the obligation it has to provide charity and care to the poor and needy within our local community, especially those who are of the household of faith. Through a combination of local partnerships, financial assistance, financial education, and holistic counseling, we strive to come alongside individuals and families in the context of the Gospel and in a way that reinforces Biblical responsibility and a heart of stewardship for both those giving and those receiving.