Join us as we meet together each week – we laugh, we cry, we support, we learn – we do life together. Adopt. Ed is a group of people who have a heart for foster care and adoption and families touched by them. We encourage each other and learn the best way to parent children from hard places. Whether you’re waiting for your first placement or have been parenting for years, we are sure to cover a question or struggle that you have considered or encountered. We meet at the Madison campus on the 1st and 3rd Monday of every month from 6:00-7:30pm. Childcare is available for all ages.
BY HIS HANDS
This is a ministry of handy men and women who offer household repair work to the following members of Willowbrook Baptist Church: widows, single parents, wives of deployed service men, elderly, and those who are home-centered. The By His Hands team would like to extend their “hands” to those in our church family who may need help with some of the following: changing a hard to reach light bulb, fixing a toilet or a drain, emergency yard work, building a ramp, wood trim, checking a leaky roof, repairing window areas, changing a heating or air filter, repairing sheetrock, changing smoke alarm batteries, and help with painting. We will meet and work as a team several times a year based on requests. We usually meet the first week or weekend of the following months: January, April, July and October (plus some emergency calls).
Ministry Contact: Doug Merchant • email@example.com
Choose Life is a ministry filled with opportunities to be the hands and feet of Jesus. Each year, Willowbrook hosts a baby shower to supply the needs for the moms at Choose Life who have chosen life for their babies. The new baby gift that you bring will be such a blessing to the mom and her baby. Your gift may be the only new gift they receive. Each time a lady joins the program “Life Choices”, she is given the gospel, practical life advice, Godly wisdom and a new baby gift. Please donate a new baby gift whether it be clothing or a larger item like a stroller or pack and play. The greatest need for these women is a pack and play. Some cannot afford a baby bed, so this is a great option for them. This is a good opportunity for your life group to go in together as an outreach. All gifts are appreciated!
Choose Life also hosts an annual Purity Ball for fathers and their daughters, ages 12-18, to bond in a special evening of dining and dancing. This year’s will be held on March 12, 2016. Refer to their website for more information at: http://www.chooselifehuntsville.org/pureconnections-purity-ball.html
CHRISTIAN WOMEN’S JOB CORP®
Christian Women Job Corps® of Madison County inspires and empowers women toward self-sufficiency by equipping them with essential skills to improve their lives. We offer job-readiness classes and a mentoring program. Our desire is that each woman begin or grow in a relationship with Jesus Christ. Ongoing volunteer opportunities include: mentoring, meal providers, special event coordinators, tutors, preparing notebooks for students (this is a special Willowbrook sponsored volunteer opportunity).
Willowbrook Liaison: Kara Usselman • firstname.lastname@example.org
Responds to small & large disasters that are local, state, interstate, and international. Respond at the level of God’s calling. Ongoing needs: men & women with servant hearts for service during disasters in all areas – administration, childcare, chaplaincy, mass feeding, communications, chainsaw, clean-up, shower trailer, etc. Also volunteers with mechanical skills in maintaining equipment. The 2016 Disaster Relief training at Shocco Springs will be April 8-9, 2016. To signup for the training, go to www.alsbom-gm.org.
FOR LIFE MINISTRIES
For Life Ministries is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization whose goal is to empower, equip, and educate others in order to meet the needs of the many orphaned, outcast and oppressed, teaching and nurturing them in the truth of Christ’s unconditional love applied in all situations, regardless of age, gender, color or nationality. Our Love One Madison County program serves local families in need of a hand through food and prayer. Our vision is to relationally invest in one person at a time with the love and truth of Jesus Christ.
GREATER THINGS MINISTRY
Our mission is to encourage and provide opportunities for the Church to “Go” and make disciples within inner city housing communities. We have several areas you can serve such as prayer walks, door to door evangelism, door to door outreach, neighborhood block parties, and discipleship. We are currently splashing the love of Jesus in the Butler Terrace community in Huntsville, AL, but we hope to expand to other communities in the future. Come help us live out the Great Commission of Jesus Christ in OUR city.
“Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, Son, and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” Matthew 28:19-20
“A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another. By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.” John 13:34-35
IN HIS NAME CAR MINISTRY
In His Name Car Donation: In His Name provides cars to single moms and widows. Members of Willowbrook donate cars which are then inspected and repaired. This ministry has given away more than 100 cars.
Ministry Contact: Mark Johnson • email@example.com
In His Name Oil Change: A free quarterly oil change service for widows, single moms, and wives of deployed soldiers dates are announced in the Willowbrook bulletin. Contact the church office with your car information to schedule an appointment.
In His Name Support Team: Our ministry serves as hostesses while women are waiting for their cars. Serve as a hostess to get to know these women and talking to them about the Willowbrook women’s ministry programs.
Ministry Contact: Barbara Merchant • firstname.lastname@example.org
HUNTSVILLE INNER CITY LEARNING CENTER
After-school program operating 3:00 – 6:00 p.m. on Monday-Thursday throughout the school year. Ongoing needs: tutoring for K-8 students on a consistent basis (Commit to as much or as little as you can, but consistency is key!); providing a meal for 50-60 children (sign up monthly or as works for your schedule). This is a great service project for your office, your small group, etc. to collaborate on; helping to maintain, weed, plant, or harvest any of the (3) HICLC gardens.
Willowbrook Liaison: John Crawford • email@example.com
Inside-Out Ministries assists those in the city of Madison struggling financially by providing food, clothing, and utility assistance for them and their families while offering hope through the Gospel of Jesus Christ to affect change from the inside out of each individual. Inside-Out Ministries strives to support the whole person by offering job and budget counseling in addition to financial assistance. We focus on the basic life needs and work to educate as well as assist. Poverty and hunger are around us every day and we are learning to walk alongside the poor in relationships that may lead to lasting change, not just a temporary handout. Please call IOM today at 256-325-5193 to volunteer and see how your special talents can be used for God’s Glory.
Willowbrook Liaison: Diane Piccoli • firstname.lastname@example.org
KIDS TO LOVE
Kids to Love is an advocate for foster children, meeting their immediate needs and creating opportunities for their success through education. Would you like to help put a smile on a child’s face on Christmas morning? If so, Kids to Love provides Christmas gifts to foster children across north Alabama and south-central Tennessee! No matter what you may be able to give, you can do something positive to change a life for a child in foster care.
LINCOLN VILLAGE MINISTRY
Lincoln Village Ministry’s Mission is to help educate, shelter, comfort and serve the Lincoln Village Community children. Make a difference in a child’s education by being a mentor (lunch buddy) or by helping with an in-school task or after school activity involving sports, homework or field trips. Help provide safe shelter for a child by getting involved in a housing project or bring comfort to them by making sure that they have food to eat. Come join us monthly for Saturday work days.
Willowbrook Liaison: Robert Fredrickson • email@example.com
Manna House is a food distribution warehouse that provides food, clothing, personal hygiene items, and other necessities to those in need. Volunteer opportunities for individuals, families, or groups to serve: Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays 2:00-7:00. Come for an hour or stay the whole time. Individuals and groups are welcome. Donations of non-perishable food, clothing, and personal items (shampoo, toothpaste, deodorant, toilet paper, etc.) are always welcome.
Willowbrook Liaisons: Sarah Toth (Delivers Donations (BCC)) • firstname.lastname@example.org
Beverly Champion (Delivers Donations (WAM)) • email@example.com
Richard Krell (Maintenance) • firstname.lastname@example.org
MEALS ON WHEELS
Meals on Wheels provides one nutritious meal Monday-Friday, year-round (some holidays excluded) to seniors age 60 or over who are unable to cook for themselves or are housebound in the Huntsville City limits. The meals include an entree, vegetable, fruit, bread, and milk and are prepared by a registered dietician at the senior center. Volunteers deliver meals to the client’s home between 11 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Willowbrook delivers four routes a month. Our delivery day is the first Monday of each month. Help with a route, or sign up for the sub list to fill in when someone is sick.
KAIROS PRISION MINISTRY
The mission of Kairos Prison Ministry is to share the transforming love and forgiveness of Jesus Christ to impact the hearts and lives of incarcerated men, women and youth, as well as their families, to become loving and productive citizens of their communities.
Kairos Inside: Introductory 3-day weekend, described as a short course in Christianity with follow up program.
Kairos Outside: Gives the guests an opportunity to form small support groups with loving Christian volunteers, which give them strength for the challenges they face. How you can participate: be a team member: train to participate in the activities at Kairos; be a support volunteer; each Kairos retreat weekend has opportunities for outside support, such as baking cookies, writing letters of support, or preparing meals. We also need prayer partners and financial boosters.
SERVING THE CITY
This is a great local missions project that provides families with an opportunity to get out of the church and splash Jesus on our community. The purpose of STC is to get families involved in serving Huntsville on a regular basis and make them aware of all the local missions that are available. The service projects in which Willowbrook participated last year were: The CARE Center, For Life Ministries, Greater Things, Kids to Love, Lincoln Village, Slices of Grace, The 29:11 Story, Manna House, Covered by His Grace, Footprints Ministry, GirlFriends, YMCA, Choose Life, Hope Place, CASA wheelchair ramps and yard work, Adopt a Fire Station, school projects, free water giveaway, free car wash, and in-house packing projects. The 2017 dates for Serving the City are July 26-30. The event will kick off with an Engage worship service on the 26th. On the evening of the 30th, there will be a special worship service and ice cream social to celebrate all that God has done.
Church-wide promotion and sign-up will start the month prior to Serving the City.
Join us for the annual Liz Hurley Ribbon Run in October of 2016. Proceeds from the run stay in the Tennessee Valley to improve health care for women. The purpose of the Ribbon Run is to create awareness about breast cancer, purchase equipment for early detection and provide education. Be a part of the Willowbrook Walkers as we support families that have been touched by breast cancer.
Ministry Contact: Denise Patterson • email@example.com