Social Ministry plays an important part in the efforts of King of Kings to assist in meeting the needs of the Pueblo community. With the exception of July and August, members meet at church, 11 am, every third Thursday of the month. At those meetings they work on activities for the community that they previously planned.
To reach out to members of our church and the community to provide help to those in need. This is accomplished through various types of programs that work within Social Ministry.
In May we put together Baby Layettes which consist of gently used baby clothes from infant to 2T and warm blankets. They also consist of other donated items from our congregation i.e., baby formula and food, breast feeding kits, diapers and wipes. They are then distributed to several agencies in our community to help out the many young women that don’t have the means to clothe or feed their babies.
Teddy Bear Maker
Edna Anderson makes soft, stuffed Teddy Bears out of socks all year to place in our Baby Layettes. This ministry adds that cuddly touch to babies in our community that receive a Baby Layette.
Thimbles and Patches
Gathers each Tuesday from 9 a.m. to noon (Sept. – May) in the Youth Hall. This ministry makes an average of 45 quilts a year that are given to the Crisis Center at the YWCA for battered women and children. They also make baby quilts to give to babies that are baptized in our church. They recently have taken on lap ropes that are given to our first year college students who attend one of our Christmas services. If you can tie a not they can use your help!
Prayer Shawl Ministry
This group knits prayer shawls for shut-ins. Our Director of Lay Ministry and Parish Nurse give a small Prayer Shawl Service upon delivery of these shawls. The warmth of both of these services means a lot to our shut-ins. This group also knits a few dozen head bands for the Homeless Veteran’s bags. If you would like to knit from home please contact the church for knitting supplies.
Our Toy Makers meet practically all year round on Tuesday’s at 2 p.m. at the home of one of the members. They have been making handmade wooden toys for years to donate to the annual “Toy and Joy Shop,” This group of men are often referred to as “Santa’s Helpers.” They cut pieces of wood to make wonderful wooden cars, trucks and other special toys that are enjoyed for years by children that otherwise would not receive a gift at Christmas. There are also two women in this group (who are artists) that add a personal touch of paint to most of the toys. In 2012 they made a total of 158 wooden toys with another 125 in 2013! Have woodworking skills? Use those skills to help Social Ministry continue to produce hand-made Christmas toys.
Church Christmas Toy Collection.
We also collect donated new toys from our church members to go along with these wooden toys to assist over 6,000 kids in our community that are eligible to attend the Annual “Toy and Joy” Shop.
Cash Donations Welcomed
We also take cash donations to purchase $10 Wal-Mart gift cards for some of their clients to purchase turkeys or hams for their holiday meals. Gently used, professional clothing is also donated to this agency for their “Dress for Success” program.
This agency provides programs for adult and teenaged clients in our community. Currently we are able to provide a monthly donation to assist their programs for referral to health care, mental health and substance abuse counseling. Also, to have access to computers, phones, used clothing, and vouchers for laundry, showers and transportation.
Wayside Cross Rescue Mission
Each winter we purchase coffee, creamer, sugar, cups, cookies, basic hygiene supplies to help out this Mission who shelters many of the homeless adults in our community. Our Fellowship Coordinator also sends any extra food from our pot lucks/dinners to this Mission which also supplies a warm evening meal to the homeless they are sheltering.
Crossroad Turning Points, Inc.
We deliver new socks and donated clothing to this agency a few times a year to assist their clients that have completed their program and often times come in with only the clothing on their back.
There are times that families from or tied to our church that call out for a special need like groceries, pay a utility bill or pay for medicines. We try to give them a one time helping hand due to our limited funds.
Armed Services Bulletin Board
We try to keep our bulletin board up-to-date every 6 months to send out holiday cards from our congregation and to put them on our prayer list. In October we run a drive to send out gift boxes to our military members. Please keep us informed by submitting a name and/or picture along with an updated address of your loved one serving in the military.
Social Ministry provides opportunities for service not only to King of Kings, but to Pueblo and the larger church body. No skills or experience needed to help in these areas. All that is needed is a desire to get involved in a funand experience, ideas or a desire to get involved in something fun should contact the church office, 564.7360, or the Social Ministry Chairperson.