Justice Ministries focuses on making a difference in the lives of youth in the community through lasting relationships. We help bring justice to youth through volunteering, awareness, prayer and local partnerships.

Our Mission: To act justly, love mercy, and walk humbly.

Our Vision: To create opportunities for relational engagement with youth in our community in order to bring greater justice both locally and globally.

Upcoming Events:

Child Abuse Prevention Month

When: Month of April
Description: Florida Hospital Church supports April as Child Abuse Prevention month. Join us on April 1st as we plant a pinwheel garden together on the front lawn to show support for child abuse prevention. Also, join Justice Ministries from 9:30-10:30 am in Andy’s office to hear from an expert on the effects of abuse and trauma on the brain. RSVP to krizia@hospitalchurch.org.


Family Promise Host Week

When: April 30 – May 6th
Where: FHC
Description: Every quarter FHC hosts families who are experiencing homelessness through the organization Family Promise. Families are invited to stay at FHC for a week, and during that week we provide dinner, and sleepover hosts. Please sign-up to help us during our next host week.


Foster Care Awareness Month

When: The Month of May
Description: May is Foster Care Awareness Month. On May 6th FHC is having a day filled with volunteer and learning opportunities to help youth in foster care. Sign-up for a volunteer or learning opportunity here. Also, be sure to join our service on this day to hear stories from foster parents in our congregation.

Do Something Sabbath

When: May 6, from 9-11:30am
Where: TBD
Description: Save the date for FHC’s next Do Something Sabbath! Every quarter the congregation is encouraged to sign-up for a volunteer opportunity in the community. This upcoming Do Something Sabbath is during Foster Care Awareness month, so we have a special emphasis on foster care this month. Please sign-up for a service or learning opportunity here.


Community Service Fair

When: May 6 from 10 – 1:15pm
Where: FHC Lobby  Description: Join us on May 6th for FHC’s community service fair. We have invited different organizations in the community to come and share with us the various ways that we can get involved in the community. Please stop by the booths on this day to learn more about our community partners!

Prayer

There are many ways to get involved in Justice Ministries, but one of the most important things you can do is pray for the communities and the individuals we serve. With God’s help, we can make a lasting change in people’s lives. Please visit a few of our partner organizations’ websites for specific causes that need our prayers: The Florida Abolitionist’s 31 Days of Prayer and the International Justice Missions Prayer Request.

FHC Partner Organizations: 

IMG_3583untitledjFHC Justice Ministries focuses on serving youth in the community. Below are partner organizations that you can get involved with today!

 

The U.S. Dream Academy is helping our nation’s children reach for their dreams. Through academic, social and values enrichment, we empower children most at risk of incarceration to believe in themselves and to succeed. To get involved, contact Sobrina Cox.

Family Promise of Greater Orlando (FPGO) is a nonprofit, interfaith hospitality network providing temporary assistance and case management for families with children experiencing homelessness. FPGO provides services through participation of local congregations, dedicated staff and hundreds of volunteers. FHC hosts three to four families experiencing homelessness every quarter through FPGO. When families come to the FHC, they spend a week in our classrooms converted to bedrooms and are provided daily meals and snacks. To get involved, contact Krizia.

FHC has several annual drives for children in foster care. In December, we collect toys to give foster care children a special Christmas. We also continuously collect clothes to donate to From Outside In, which provides one-day boutiques to children in foster care and adoptive families. You can sign-up to “Adopt a Family” that has foster and/or adopted children here. In the “Adopt a Family” program, you can help families by babysitting, grocery shopping, performing household chores and more! For more information, contact Krizia.

From Outside In (FOI) is a mobile boutique that allows youth (ages 12-21) to shop for free new and gently used clothes. Some families find it hard to get the services that they need—FOI provides services directly to the community. FOI believes every youth should feel confident, and the right clothing can help boost confidence at school, in the community and eventually in the workforce. FHC gets involved with FOI each year by donating clothes and assisting with events. FOI has current volunteer position openings! To get involved, contact Krizia.

International Justice Mission (IJM) is a global organization that protects the poor from violence in the developing world. IJM’s global team includes more than 750 lawyers, investigators, social workers, community activists and other professionals at work through 17 field offices. IJM rescues victims by bringing criminals to justice, restoring survivors and strengthening justice systems in developing nations. To get involved with this organization, contact Darlyn.

The Open Table Open Table model trains congregations to form communities—called Tables—that help transform the lives of people living in poverty. While congregation members and attendees join Tables to help others, they soon realize they are also changed forever by relationships created through missional community. God gives everyone human potential, and the Open Table model allows us to use our skills to give lives of meaning to each other. FHC needs a leader to help bring this model to the church. If you are interested in starting this ministry, contact Krizia.

FHC SIGNATURE VOLUNTEER EVENTS

  • Do-Something Sabbath: Every quarter, FHC encourages the congregation to volunteer with an organization Sabbath morning.
  • Meet Worship Serve: Meet, Worship, Serve is an annual opportunity for the entire congregation to volunteer in the community. In years past, Meet, Worship, Serve has on Sabbath morning in November or December, and followed by a worship service at noon. After learning from our community partners that there is a great need to fill volunteer slots in the first week of January, FHC has decided to move Meet, Worship, Serve to the entire first week of January! Our next Meet, Worship, Serve will be January 1-6, 2018!