“Alright good people, it’s that time again: hot dogs and hamburgers are on, so come on over!”
For eight (8) Wednesday evenings during the summer Christ Presbyterian Church in The Hill rolls a grill into Trowbridge Square Park in the Hill (New Haven, CT). The good people of CPC in The Hill bring dishes, fruits, salads, and some dessert. We offer a small feast to whomever happens to be in the park that evening. Sometimes, for some, it will be there only meal for the day.
The good people of the park—dad’s spending some time with their kids, single moms giving their children some energy release, neighbors hanging out, plenty of unparented teens, and the homeless, the addicted, and even some gang members. They are all invited to join us for a short message (i.e., some park preaching) and a prayer (for them, for the Hill, and thanks for the food)—and they do come to hear the Word even though they know they'd still be able to come eat even if they waited for 5 to 10 minutes. Now easily an average of 65, sometimes 80, and even up to 90 will gather. Listen. Pray. And, then, eat.
These eight evenings are our church’s signature ministry. And, this year, we need some help to cover the costs for this ministry. We need a new grill and some supplies. And, although our church family brings home-cooked dishes and deserts (from their own tables), between incidentals, weekly supplies, the hot dogs and hamburgers, propane, equipment, and some outreach items—with the growing crowds who join us—each Wednesday park ministry costs about $185. Add in a new grill, grilling supplies, and propane, our end of the summer BBQ school supplies we give away, and add a few dollars in our goal, so we may also have some resources to help some of those to whom we ministry––will need this year about $2,000.
CPC in The Hill is a church plant in one of New England's poorest neighborhoods. Our resources must be raised outside of ourselves. This BBQ in the Park ministry is our signature ministry and puts us in the midst of our most vulnerable neighbors for 8 weeks during the summer. Help us make this happen for summer 2018. Extend your love for people by helping us love on our neighbors in the Hill.
*All funds raised will go directly to the expenses of our "In His Midst" 2018 Summer Park BBQ ministry.