Outreach

OutreachMany of the outreach and missions programs at our church are ongoing, and those are listed separately in the Outreach drop-down menu.  Other efforts are more fluid and shorter term, emerging as the Spirit moves. For instance, since the fall of 2009, members of our church will help expand a school and orphanage in Haiti.  Several years ago, a parishioner served as a United Church of Christ medical missionary at Christian Health Alliance of Lesotho in Africa.  Members also helped rebuild homes ravaged by Hurricane Katrina in Biloxi, Mississippi.

Local projects also continually emerge, from knitting chemo caps for cancer patients, to planning a Red Cross blood drive, to creating a Wood Bank for people struggling to afford heating oil, to cleaning up roadsides every spring in Deerfield.

All of these outreach endeavors share one thing in common:  They all began with people who saw a need and responded to God’s call to be co-creators by giving of their time, talents, and resources during their time on earth.

Stephen Ministry

Our church has Stephen Ministers available to provide emotional and spiritual care to people experiencing grief; illness and/or hospitalization; distress due to troubling relationships; loss of job and/or home; and other challenges of life. Care receivers...

Food Pantry

Our town’s Food Pantry is under the wing of Deerfield Community Church, with distributions made monthly from the walk-out basement of our Parish Hall. Today the Deerfield Food Pantry serves 60 households, and roughly 40 percent of the total individuals r...

Community Care

Our Called to Care program is being replaced by an outreach called Community Care. The mission of this new ministry is to provide support to those in our immediate church community who have unexpected , rather than ongoing, needs for transportation,...

Prayer Chain

As a community engaged in conversation and covenant with God, members and friends of our church are eager to extend prayer life beyond Sunday mornings into the rest of the week.  In addition to expressing gratitude and experiencing peace by simply being ...

Benevolence Fund

On every first Sunday of the month when Holy Communion is celebrated, envelopes are inserted in our worship bulletins for a special offering made to the Benevolence Fund (formerly the Deacons Fund).  Our pastor oversee this modest fund, which is judiciously u...

Wish Stars

Every October and early November, families in town needing assistance with purchasing holiday gifts may submit requests to the Christmas Wish Stars program.  An extension of the Deerfield Food Pantry, this program is available for any Deerfield child ...

Denomination

Our congregation participates in various mission programs through the United Church of Christ. First, a portion of Deerfield Community Church’s operating budget goes to the UCC’s Our Church’s Wider Mission (OCWM).  Sixty percent of this money suppor...

Facility Use

As a Christian church, we seek to extend the hand of fellowship to people throughout our larger community as they seek to do good work and to enjoy friends and family. Thus, having excellent meeting and function rooms that are available to everyone in...