Our faith teaches us to express our love as Jesus taught: by loving God, neighbor, and self. One way we do this is to serve others and our Mission Ministry regularly offers opportunities for that service. We work to help our siblings facing homelessness, hunger, food insecurity, and the unique challenges of the LGBT*Q+ community. These are some of the ways we live our faith.
HOPE UCC supports the emergency shelter site in downtown Naperville at First Congregational Church. Each month, we provide volunteers to staff the site from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. We also provide a nutritious and heart-warming meal to each of the guests upon check-in to the site. Those partners of HOPE who are unable to provide direct services, generously support this ministry through financial donations and prayer.
For the Food Insecure
HOPE supports Loaves and Fishes, Green Harvest, and Feed My Starving Children with food drives and volunteers.
Jesus Has Left The Building And We're Following Him
Four times a year, typically on the fifth Sunday of a month, HOPE gathers in worship by working in teams to serve in the community.
Through Jesus Has Left the Building and We’re Following Him, HOPE:
- Feeds homeless families
- Builds sustainable farms with Heifer Project International
- Renovates group homes
- Refurbishes community policing facilities
- Provides school supplies to indigent children
- Builds church camp housing
- And much, much more!
Our faith calls us to build relationships with those who understand God and their faith differently than we do.
For almost a decade, HOPE has been cultivating a relationship with the Islamic Center of Naperville by sharing prayers, celebrations, and social gatherings.