By Joseph Pratt
Christ Community Church (CCC) went to the root of their beliefs to spread the love of Christ through doing good for others. Church members served hundreds of community members Saturday morning at their 11th annual Single Parent Fair.
The Single Parent Fair is an opportunity for struggling parents to receive help in many capacities, oil changes, bike repair, haircuts, fresh produce, clothing, school supplies and more, all of which are totally free.
Rick Clark, lead pastor of CCC, said that the church aims to accomplish a major community event each quarter, some of the events include the Single Parent Fair, Angel Tree, a Home Repair Camp, and more. They also achieve many smaller events and ministries throughout the year.
“It is extremely important for a church to be involved in the community,” Clark said. “When churches were being established, one of the things they said it should do is establish itself into the community. Churches should start a school to educate and they should open a hospital to provide health care. The whole idea of showing the compassion of the love of Christ was centered around reaching out to the community. That is what we aim for.”
Neva Moore is one of the church members who assists with the Single Parent Fair. Moore has been a member of CC for 15 years and has helped organize the event all 11 years they have had it.
“A group of us went to a Columbus church that was having a similar fair. We wanted to see what all was involved and we’ve had one since,” Moore explained.
While most of the services are repeat options, each year fluctuates with bonus offers and various crafts for children.
“There are a lot of different services and we have grown over the years, but most of what we offer are core services that we’ve always offered,” Moore said. “Our mission at Christ Community is to reach into the community, but today we just kind of let the community come to us. We want to show the love of Christ by giving back and giving these children a good start to their new school year.”
Moore said that she understands the struggles single parents go through and she wants to help anyone in the situation as best she can.
“Parents are usually here before we are. It usually starts at 9. I got here this morning around 7:45 and they were already lined up in the parking lot. They know what to expect with us, which brings them back,” she said. “It is a little bit of a personal mission for me. I was the child of a single parent and I was a single parent for many years, so I can understand where the kids and mothers are coming from. I think it is a very meaningful project for the kids to have these things for them going back to school.”
Joseph Pratt can be reached at 740-353-3101, EXT 1932, or by Twitter @JosephPratt03.