Chaplaincy Ministry
Visiting the sick
Just after we embraced our Ten Year Vision, God engineered circumstances that led us into a partnership with Fawcett hospital’s chaplaincy program.  The Lord raised up three individuals who were trained and approved to visit the sick.  Since that time, six more have been raised up.  It is amazing to think that last year we recorded over 3,400 visits.  We rejoice in the lives of those we have loved, listened to, prayed for, and shared the Gospel.  As this Community Connection continues to unfold, God is leading us to expand the Chaplaincy Ministry to other local health care facilities.  Please join us in praying for more workers and for open doors.
Community Christian School
Equipping the next generation
With record-breaking enrollment of over 460 students, Community Christian School disciples students two years old through 12th grade to become faithful followers of Jesus Christ, to think biblically, and to serve others. 
Through chapel services and teachers sharing the Gospel message, many of our students pray to receive Christ.  They are discipled one-on-one or in small groups, and are encouraged to connect with a local church.
Fall Family Fair
Loving children and families
For ten years, our church has created a Fall Family Fair, a fun and safe alternative to ‘trick or treating.’  We invite families to our Church campus where we greet them, meet them, register them, pray for them, share the Gospel with them, and bless their children with games, rides, and sweets.  Our intentions are to connect with them and give them a positive impression of Christians and our Church. This year, over 1300 neighbors accepted our invitations.  Let’s all begin to pray now that God will use this community connection for His purpose and that many lives will be impacted for the Kingdom.
Homeless Coalition
Feeding the hungry
The mission of the Homeless Coalition is to alleviate and prevent hunger and homelessness.  Since the beginning of our Ten Year Vision, we have partnered with them to purchase and prepare food on the 2nd Saturday of every month, welcoming the hungry to the facility, praying for them, serving them, and cleaning up afterwards.  Our strategy is to meet their physical needs while we seek opportunities to connect with them and minister to them.  So far, over 145 volunteers from our Church have participated at least one time in helping serve about 2,000 meals to our neighbors.
Good News Club 
Equipping a Generation of Christians
We are grateful for the local chapter of Child Evangelism Fellowship that has provided the training for our volunteers. When we heard that most elementary schools in our area had Good News Clubs, we were led to join in the effort and were partnered with Peace River Elementary School. Our Good News Club finished its second year with 78 students. Each Thursday after school, a trained team, led by Ron Webster, set up the Club in the library. Our time consists of Bible lessons, songs, prayer, crafts, snacks, and interaction with the students. Eleven students confessed Jesus Christ as Lord this year.
Pregnancy Solutions
A Christ-centered ministry with 3 local locations, Pregnancy Solutions provides free, confidential, high-quality, and compassionate care; pregnancy testing, obstetrical ultrasounds, education, post-abortion support, material assistance and information on additional resources to men and women in our community.  To discuss volunteer or donor support, call, visit, or email them. 

Special Needs Ministry
Loving Adults
Joyce Heaton and Joe Dinnan began a weekly ministry to adults with developmental disabilities at the North Port Community Resource Center.  There, they are welcomed to conduct a weekly Service, teaching music, Bible stories, a craft, and prayer.  At Christmas, we purchased t-shirts to give as gifts to all those participating.  If you have a interested in volunteering, see Joyce or Joe and learn more about connecting with these in our community.
Upward Sports
Loving Children and Families
We began Upward Sports several years ago and since then, over 200 families have signed up their children to participate.  A third of them have no background with a church. Upward provides a non-threatening way for us to connect with these families, and to share Biblical truth with them through the devotions at practices, half-time devotions at games, and the Gospel presentation at the end of the season celebration. This Community Connection brings them onto our campus and into relationship with our volunteers, affording us the opportunity to show them and share with them God’s love.
WinShape Camps
Loving Children and Families
We will host WinShape on our campus July 2 – 6, 2018.  One of the benefits of partnering with Chick-Fil-a is that about 1/3 of the families who sign-up their children for this week-long summer camp have no church affiliation.  We appreciate the value of discipling young Christians in their faith, but we also cherish the opportunity to have unbelievers come onto our campus for a week where we can love them, teach them God’s Word, and tell them the good news of the Gospel.  It was a high energy week where we saw the faith of children strengthened and 16 of them making decisions for Christ.  The six months of required preparation for this amazing connection is worth the effort and expense.  For many, it was the best week of their lives!
Young Life
Loving Teens and Families
We sent monthly support from our budget to Young Life.  We are grateful some of our members serve on their Board.  Director Tom Parker writes, “We ministered to students at Charlotte, Port Charlotte, and Lemon Bay High.  We hold weekly Wyldlife clubs at Port Charlotte and L.A Ainger Middle schools.  We saw over 50 new Christians.  Campaigners are smaller groups held in students’ homes – over 75 attended this year.  We co-hosted with Drug-Free Charlotte, an all-nighter for 99 middle schoolers. The result of sharing Jesus with Charlotte County students is changing lives, and our hope for the next 10 years is to continue this steady growth in all schools. We pray for new leaders, to engage current donors and bring on new donors, the support of our local churches and businesses, and parents seeing their kids change go hand-in-hand with this growth.”