As a congregation we are deeply committed to the following local, national, and international mission opportunities.
Zimbabwe Mission Partnership (ZMP)
We are one of 10 congregations in Denver Presbytery who support the Heather Chimhoga Orphan Care Center (HCOC) in rural Zimbabwe. The purpose of the Zimbabwe Mission Partnership (ZMP) is to provide daily meals, clean water, clothing, medical care, school fees, and other educational assistance as well as focusing on the spiritual well-being of over 800 orphans primarily in the Nyamashato, Murewa area of Zimbabwe. Team Zimbabwe is the main fundraising arm of the ZMP. Several years ago, we were given the unique opportunity to partner with the Subaru Elephant Rock Cycling Festival held the first Sunday in June at the Douglas County Fairgrounds in Castle Rock. Riders sign up to ride for Team Zimbabwe and raise funds to benefit the orphans.
Central Visitation Program (CVP)
The Central Visitation Program (CVP) is our second mission partnership within the Denver Presbytery. Our church provides facilities for the CVP for children who are separated from one or both parents, but who may visit with parents only under the supervision of a third-party. The program provides a safe and comfortable environment in which children and non-residential parents may visit, allowing the child and parent the opportunity to develop a meaningful relationship. Volunteers are always needed to supervise visits. If you are interested in being trained as a volunteer, or need more information, please contact the Central Visitation Program Executive Director, Brad Wood.
Many of us have seen the “Ugly Quilts” or sleeping bags assembled here at our church. Participation in the group does not require fine quilting skills, just the ability to tie knots and enjoy some fellowship. The group always welcomes donations of material, ties, jackets, hats, socks, gloves, batting or personal hygiene items that can be included with the quilts.
Local Food Bank
We support our local food bank, supplying low-income families with emergency food. Shelves are located in the Narthex by the office and donations are welcome at any time. Periodically, we have themed food bank drives for specific needs. Hunger never takes a holiday. Thanks for your support!
Located in the basement of Central Presbyterian Church in Denver is a 110 bed shelter for Denver area homeless working men. Residents are required to be substance free, hold a job, and unless working, attend church on Sunday. Our congregation provides home cooked meals several times a year. Sometimes we are able to help with other needs such as shaving supplies. New Genesis also offers a women’s program, and the women and their children are housed in apartments around the city and must follow the same guidelines as the men. Our church includes the women and children as part of our Giving Tree at Christmas. Contact Bonnie Simcox to see how you can get involved. Visit newgenesis.org for more information.
One Great Hour of Sharing
One Great Hour of Sharing is a denominational offering that helps those affected by natural disaster or tragedies. Collections are held each year during Lent with the final offering on Palm Sunday.
Opportunities are offered at Christmas time to support the missions of our church. A Giving Tree decorated with gift requests is one way our congregation shows kindness to those who would otherwise go without. The premise of Alternative Gift Giving is instead of giving one more unneeded or unwanted present to someone, give a gift in their name to a mission our church supports. We help the Boys and Girls Club of Brighton by giving them Christmas cards and stamps, which the children use to express their thanks to their sponsors.
Heifer International / Penny Jar
Heifer International is a nonprofit working to eradicate poverty and hunger around the world. Animals are purchased and families receive training for raising their animal to help them become self-reliant. For your convenience, the Penny Jar, where we deposit our money, is located on the display case in the Narthex. You are invited to drop your loose coins, currency and even checks in the Penny Jar on any Sunday. Checks can be made out to the church with Heifer Project in the memo section. During Vacation Bible School, children collect money to support Heifer International. The congregation supports their efforts by matching or going over the amount the children raise.