Putting our faith into action, Midway Christian Church strives to live out our mission of WELCOME to those in need by offering missions of outreach in Midway, Kentucky, and Woodford county. We also financially support various local, state, and global organizations who in turn work to build up the Kingdom of God.
Community Outreach in Midway, KY
Midway Christian Church has a deep commitment to the community of Midway. Whether it’s providing meeting space for AA/Al Anon meetings, monthly free community dinners, or the Christmas Family Adoption project, we offer opportunities for Christ’s love and grace to bring healing and wholeness for all of God’s creation. We work to build up the Kingdom of God in the Midway community through our community outreach missions.
AA/Al-Anon meetings are held weekly in Fellowship Hall. AA is an international fellowship of men and women who have had a drinking problem. Membership is open to anyone who wants to do something about his or her drinking problem. (from the AA web site). Al-Anon is a Twelve Step program for the relatives and friends of alcoholics or someone who is or has been a problem drinker. (from the PsychCentral web site)
Bluegrass Cycling Club
The Bluegrass Cycling Club is a volunteer, not-for-profit organization based in Lexington. It’s mission is to encourage bicycling for health, recreation, and transportation; to promote bicycle safety; to improve bicycling facilities; and to further all phases of bicycling. Part of the Bluegrass Cycling Club, the Bluegrass Bike Partner program was created to promote bicycling and establish a safe, supportive and welcoming relationship between cyclists, businesses, churches, public agencies, public and private organizations, and private individuals. A Bluegrass Bike Partner is any individual, business or organization that wants to be identified as a location where cyclists know they are welcomed. (from Bluegrass Cycling web site) Midway Christian Church is proud to be a Bluegrass Bike Partner since 2011, offering bike racks, parking, rest room facilities, and changing rooms for the Wednesday night rides.
Christmas Family Adoption
For many years, and as needed, Midway Christian Church sponsors one or more families for Christmas. As a popular outreach in Midway, we work with the Family Resource Officer at Northside Elementary, we learn the ages and gender of the family members as well as what is on their wish list. Through generous donations from church members, a Christmas is provided for the family.
Christmas Shoebox Project
During the Christmas season, and as indicated by Northside Elementary, Midway Christian Church works with the school Family Resource Officer to provide Christmas Shoeboxes to children in need. The names and wish lists of children, who otherwise might not have a Christmas, are made available to congregation members who shop to fill, and often overfill, the Christmas Shoeboxes. Church volunteers then wrap the gifts and return to the school for distribution.
Community Thanksgiving Dinner
Midway Christian Church hosts a Community Thanksgiving Dinner every year, generally the week before Thanksgiving. This is an opportunity to give back to Midway by inviting the community to join us for a meal and entertainment. Our doors are open to all for an evening of food, fun, and fellowship.
Historic Second Christian Church
Historic Second Christian Church was established in 1852, and is believed to be the oldest black church in the nation. It was first located on what is now the campus of Midway College, and in 1906 moved across East Stephens Street to its present location on Smith Street. Second Christian was organized out of Midway Christian Church so that the slaves could have a place of their own to worship. (from Midway College website)
Free Monthly Community Dinner
Since August 2011, Midway Christian Church has offered a monthly free community dinner as an outreach in Midway. All in the community are invited to come to our table, to come and be in relationship with one another, to come and experience the abundance of God’s grace, all through an invitation to dinner. Volunteers from Midway Christian help prepare, serve, and clean up afterwards. With few exceptions, this dinner is held on the last Monday of each month.
Homeplace at Midway
The Homeplace at Midway is a continuing care community of small cottages nestled on 31 acres in picturesque Midway, across from Midway University. It opened in 2015 as Kentucky’s first Green House® senior living community. The Homeplace at Midway is part of Christian Care Communities which is the state’s largest faith-based not-for-profit provider of affordable housing and long-term care for Older Adults. (from Christian Care Communities website)
Horsey Hundred Cycling
The Horsey Hundred is an annual Memorial Day weekend of cycling sponsored by the Bluegrass Cycling Club. Starting at Georgetown College, the route winds through the bluegrass and its beautiful scenery. Midway Christian Church members are among the community volunteers who man the Midway rest stop.
Iron Horse Half Marathon Breakfast
The city of Midway hosts the annual Iron Horse Half Marathon in October. The route, which starts and finishes in downtown Midway, takes runners through the rolling green hills of its beautiful rural countryside. Midway Christian Church hosts a breakfast for the families of the runners and offers them a place to relax during the race.
Midway University, located in Midway, Kentucky, is a private, non-profit liberal arts college, founded in 1847 by Dr. Lewis L. Pinkerton, as the first school in the United States to serve orphaned and disadvantaged women. Through the years the school evolved and became Pinkerton High School, Midway Junior College, Midway College and on July 1, 2015, Midway University. Midway University is a leader in providing educational opportunities for men and women who wish to continue their education. The main campus provides a unique learning, living opportunity for students seeking their undergraduate degrees. Midway also offers undergraduate and graduate programs in an accelerated format where students attend classes in the evening or online. (from Midway University website)
Midway Food Pantry
The Midway Food Pantry is housed in Midway Baptist Church and is available for all citizens of Midway. It can be used one time per month per household. At this time they are only able to provide non perishable food items, cleaning supplies and toiletries.
Midway Ministerial Association
The Midway Ministerial Association is a local organization supported by the area churches and offers the opportunity for our local congregations to give back to our community. The MMA supports a fund that is made available to those in our community who are in need of rent assistance, help with utilities, and other types of assistance. The MMA also supports the Midway Food Pantry that is housed at Midway Baptist Church.
Worship Service for Nursing Homes
The leadership and members of Midway Christian Church provide a casual worship service at local nursing homes. For several years, this was held at Taylor Manor Nursing Home in Versailles. Beginning in 2016, Midway Christian, along with other local churches, offered a worship service for the residents of The Homeplace at Midway, a continuing care community across from Midway University.
Each year in September, during the Midway Fall Festival celebration, Disciples Women host a Rummage Sale in the basement of Fellowship Hall. What began as a small church fundraiser sponsored by the Finance Committee in the early 1990s, the Annual Rummage Sale has grown into a large church-wide event attracting visitors and shoppers statewide. Proceeds from the Rummage Sale support the numerous missions of the Disciples Women as well as offer an affordable shopping alternative for clothing, furniture, and various household items.
Scouting in Midway include Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, and Girl Scouts. Boy Scouts of America, including Cub Scouts, ages 7-10 and Boy Scouts, ages 11-17, and Venturing, co-ed ages 14-20, is one of the nation’s largest and most prominent values-based youth development organizations. The BSA provides a program for young people that builds character, trains them in the responsibilities of participating citizenship, and develops personal fitness. (from scouting.org website) The Girl Scout Mission is to build girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place. In Girl Scouts, girls discover the fun, friendship, and power of girls together. (from girlscouts.org website) Since the 1990s, Midway Christian Church has been active in Scouting, holding charters or hosting meeting space for Cub Scout Pack 41, Boy Scout Troop 40, Daisy Troop 2261, and Girl Scout Troop 1038.
Weekend Backpack Project
Midway Presbyterian Church sponsors the Weekend Backpack Project to help feed kids who might otherwise go hungry over the weekend. Cash donations are always welcome as are ready-to-eat or microwavable healthy, individual-serving foods.
Local and State Outreach
Living our faith extends beyond our Midway Community to the county and throughout the state as we seek justice and equality for others. We give our time, money, and service to support the work of many organizations and programs that support the Body of Christ. Midway Christian Church has a strong ministry of outreach to these missions as well as giving to various Disciples of Christ organizations. We work to build up the Kingdom of God in Woodford County and Kentucky through our local and state outreach missions.
Camp Wakon’ Da-Ho
Camp Wakon’ Da-Ho is located in Casey County, KY. Each summer, children and youth gather from across the state of Kentucky to experience church camp and to grow in their relationship with God. For many years, Midway Christian has supported Camp Wakon’ Da-Ho by making a financial donation and by sending youth and children to camp.
Cane Ridge Meeting House
Cane Ridge continues to be a living church. Prayer, singing, and preaching occur in the Meeting House, a place of worship for many congregations and religious groups who come as welcome guests each year. Since the late 18th century and now, in the 21st century, worship services, weddings, celebrations, lectures, and other gatherings have taken place in the church and on its grounds. Each year thousands of travelers visiting Cane Ridge receive talks and tours from the curators. (from Cane Ridge website)
Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Kentucky
The Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) In Kentucky (CCK) is one of 33 geographic regions of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in the United States and Canada. CCK is nearly 420 ministers, and 30,000 men, women and youth in 224 congregations throughout the Commonwealth of Kentucky. It is leadership and faith development ministries for women, men, and youth through camps, retreats and conferences. It is Kentucky Appalachian Ministries and the CCK West Area. It is our Kentucky partner ministries Cane Ridge Meeting House, Christian Care Communities, the Kentucky Council of Churches, Lexington Theological Seminary, Midway College and Transylvania University. It is all Kentucky Disciples and their ministries. (from the CCinKY website)
The Hope Center, in Lexington, has a mission “to care for homeless and at-risk persons by providing life-sustaining and life-rebuilding services that are comprehensive and address underlying causes”. Among many services, they provide shelter and meals to those in need. At the direction of the Hope Center, Midway Christian Church collects and donates supplies needed for their clients. (from Hope Center website)
Hope Ministries Food Pantry of Woodford County
The Hope Ministries Food Pantry of Woodford County is a community supported food bank which has food available for people in need within our community. It is located in the Woodford County Park off Beasley Road. Clients receive a grocery cart of food which contains basic items such as meats, cheeses, and butter. They are also able to choose items such as canned vegetables and canned fruits among other items to supplement their basket. The Hope Ministries Food Pantry does work with God’s Pantry to obtain various food items but relies on community donations for most of the food items that fill their shelves.
Kentucky Refugee Ministries
Kentucky Refugee Ministries assists refugees who have been legally admitted to the United States as victims of warfare or other forms of persecution because of their religious or political beliefs. Our staff includes caseworkers, job developers, ESL teachers and interpreters. Our staff speaks English, Spanish, Bosnian, French, Nepali, Somali, Arabic and German and also works closely with contract interpreters who speak other languages native to the refugees we serve.
Lexington Theological Seminary
Lexington Theological Seminary is an accredited graduate theological institution related to the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). The purpose of LTS is to prepare faithful leaders for the church of Jesus Christ and, thus, to strengthen the church’s participation in God’s mission for the world. (from LTS website)
Transylvania University is a distinguished liberal arts college, affiliated with the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), of approximately 1,100 students that is consistently ranked and praised in the leading national college guides. Transylvania offers 34 majors plus the option of designing an individual major. Students gain a strong grounding in liberal education, however the University also emphasizes career planning. (from Transylvania University website)
Un-Shackled By Love Ministries
The mission of Un-Shackled By Love Ministries is to LOVE back to life, set-free, restore, and equip women in the sex industry, victims of sex trafficking, depression and chemical addictions, to live healthy, hopeful, and Christ centered lives. It is a 501c3 charitable non-profit residential program that longs to provide a safe, secure environment in which female victims will receive physical, emotional, and spiritual healing, and learn the skills necessary for self-reliance and reintegration to society. (from Un-Shackled By Love Ministries website)
Woodford County Backpack Project
The Woodford County Backpack project is a joint effort of the Woodford County Extension Homemakers and the Woodford County 4-H program. This project was designed to help provide back-to-school items to the estimated 300 preschool through 12th grade Woodford County students who do not have the required items to begin the start school year.
Outreach at Midway Christian has no boundaries. We offer financial support to our national denomination organizations and their missions. We also promote the goods and services of many fair trade businesses and those that work to end world hunger and poverty. We work to build up the Kingdom of God in our nation and around the world through our global outreach missions.
Christmount Christian Assembly
Christmount Christian Assembly is a retreat, camp and conference center whose mission is to provide opportunities in the heart of the mountains for Christian hospitality, rest for the soul and renewal for the journey. Christmount is a recognized ministry partner of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). (from the Christmount website)
Disciples Mission Fund
The Disciples Mission Fund builds a foundation enabling Disciples to globally share the good news of Jesus Christ. This common fund allows the Disciples to pool their resources accomplishing a greater ministry. One congregation could not achieve this alone. Disciples Mission Fund allows a process of whole church stewardship supporting God-given missions at home and world-wide. They live their theological understanding of Christ’s prayer “that they all may be one.” As a faithful growing church, Disciples demonstrate true sense of community, deep Christian spirituality and a passion for justice. (from Disciples Mission Fund website) In addition to supporting the Disciples Mission Fund as an organization, Midway Christian members also contribute to the DMF Special Fund Offerings and Special Day Offerings.
Reconciliation Ministry advances the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)’s journey toward wholeness by empowering each expression of the Church to implement structural change to address historic fractures caused by racism and the systems that perpetuate it. It is the goal of our shared work to foster life-giving community within our church and in relationship with the whole family of God. We accomplish this mission through intentional dialogue, inclusive worship and experiential education. (from Disciples Mission Fund website)
Week of Compassion is the relief, refugee and development mission fund of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in the United States and Canada. Week of Compassion seeks to equip and empower disciples to alleviate the suffering of others through disaster response, humanitarian aid, sustainable development and the promotion of mission opportunities. (from WOC website)
Disciples Mission Fund Special Day Offerings provide an opportunity to highlight specific ministries as part of our faith celebrations. There are four Disciples Mission Fund Special Day Offerings received each year during Easter, Pentecost, Thanksgiving, and Christmas seasons. Each offering supports a specific ministry providing critical resources. (from Disciples Mission Fund website)
Eternal Threads is dedicated to improving the lives of women and children most at risk of extreme poverty, trafficking and other forms of exploitation by providing sustainable livelihoods through income generating projects. (from the Eternal Threads website). We encourage supporting this fair trade mission by shopping on their website.
Equal Exchange‘s mission is to build long-term trade partnerships that are economically just and environmentally sound, to foster mutually beneficial relationships between farmers and consumers and to demonstrate, through our success, the contribution of worker co-operatives and Fair Trade to a more equitable, democratic and sustainable world. We encourage supporting this fair trade mission by shopping on their website (from the Equal Exchange website)
Heifer International‘s mission is to work with communities to end world hunger and poverty and to care for the Earth. Heifer links communities and helps bring sustainable agriculture and commerce to areas with a long history of poverty. Our animals provide partners with both food and reliable income, as agricultural products such as milk, eggs and honey can be traded or sold at market. (from the Heifer website) Midway Christian accepts donation year-round to purchase an “ark” of livestock to send to poor villages worldwide.
Mira Fair Trade
Mira Fair Trade strives to promote social justice by working directly with underprivileged artisans by paying them fair wages to help them develop the knowledge to support themselves and their families. The Mira Fair Trade team works with over 200 artisans in India to design amazing handmade products for the Western market. Mira are members of the Fair Trade Federation and Green America Gold Certified Business. They incorporate the values of empowerment, diversity, and sustainability into the core of all of their business practices. (from the Shop Mira website) Some of the handcrafted items Mira sells are jewelry, scarves, bags, bells and chimes, and home décor. We encourage supporting this fair trade mission by shopping on their website.
Ten Thousand Villages
Ten Thousand Villages is a nonprofit fair trade organization that markets handcrafted products made by disadvantaged artisans from more than 120 artisan groups in more than 35 countries. As one of the world’s largest and oldest fair trade organizations, Ten Thousand Villages cultivates long-term buying relationships in which artisans receive a fair price for their work and consumers have access to gifts, accessories and home décor from around the world. Ten Thousand Villages is a founding member of the International Fair Trade Association (IFAT) and a certified member of the Fair Trade Federation (FTF). Ten Thousand Villages is a nonprofit partner of Mennonite Central Committee. (from Wikipedia). We encourage supporting this fair trade mission by shopping on their website.