First Plymouth Congregational Church has an active Outreach Ministry reaching out to the greater community and educating the congregation in ways to help others. The Outreach Ministry receives nominations for the “Share-the-Plate” program from parishioners and the wider community. Each Sunday the worship service hosts a “Moment for Mission” segment where a representative of the recipient organization speaks to the needs and successes of their organization. 80% of the funds collected during the service for “Share-the-Plate” flow through the church to the organization. The remaining 20% is retained in the Outreach Ministry fund for future educational programs and other outreach purposes.
The Share-the-Plate recipient for February 2017 is:
There are two main components of the non-profit Reach Out and Read Colorado successful national initiative. The first is that it is an evidence-based initiative that trains and supports the medical providers at clinics for the underserved. Parents are given advice about the importance of reading aloud to their children and the child is given an age appropriate book to bring home after a visit to the clinic. As result, parents of children 6 months to 5 years of age, learn new ways to stimulate their children’s literacy development and their children grow up to be readers who succeed in school. The second component of the ROR initiative works to create a literacy-rich environment in the clinic’s waiting room, complete with a stocked bookcase of gently used and new books for children of all ages. To help keep the book shelves filled, the Whole Earth Ministry sponsors a book drive each February and in the past 3 years has donated 2000 new and used books. In addition, the Outreach Ministry’s Share the Plate offering has totaled over $5700 for ROR programs in over 274 clinics in 55 of 62 Colorado Counties.
Some of the Former Recipients:
The Action Center
Audubon Society of Greater Denver
Colfax Community Network
Denver Inner City Parish
Friends of Man
Loaves and Fishes
New Foundations: Alternatives to Violence
Second Chance Center