We believe that the most important activities of a church are what happens when worship ends and we scatter in the community in mission and service. Because of this, we are always active in ministries of justice and mercy for our community and beyond.
As a part of our commitment to justice, we are a member congregation of AMOS, a organization made up of congregations and other community groups that organize together to bring about change in the greater Des Moines community. We were the first institution in Warren County to join AMOS.
As an active member of the Norwalk Area Ministerial Association, our church joins other community churches in the community emergency assistance fund, the annual Angel Tree Christmas gift program, Operation Warm which provides coats and warm clothing for school-age children, and the school backpack supply program. We also collect food and money for the Norwalk Area Food Pantry (housed at New Life Lutheran Church) and provide regular volunteers.
We also volunteer regularly at Meals from the Heartland.
The Norwalk Christian Church coordinates the volunteers for the local Meals on Wheels program delivering noon, weekday meals to predominately older, less mobile or shut-in residents. This is a vital ministry to our community and new drivers are always welcome.
Approximately 10% of our annual budget is committed to ministry beyond our congregation. A portion of those funds go to the Disciples Mission Fund of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) to support ministries in partnership with other Disciples congregations and our ecumenical partners. The rest is used to support outreach efforts in the Norwalk community and beyond.
During the year there are also six Special-Day offerings that are received that is “over and above” giving to designated ministries of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). Some of these special offerings include: Reconciliation Ministry (funding multi-racial and anti-poverty ministries), Pentecost Offering (funding new church starts), the Christmas Offering (funding Disciples’ ministry in the Upper Midwest and our camping program at the Christian Conference Center in Newton, IA).