A ministry of the Southeast Clergy Cluster the Hunger Center serves residents of Bedford, Bedford Heights, Maple Heights, Walton Hills, and Oakwood Village. It is located at South Haven United Church of Christ. There are many ways you can help with this ministry. They are always in need of volunteers on Tuesdays and Thursdays to help distribute food, but there is also a need throughout the week to pick up food from different distributors and deliver it to the Center.
Another ministry of the Southeast Clergy Cluster, Meals on Wheels, seeks to provide hot meals to those who might be unable to get out or prepare meals themselves. Also located at South Haven United Church of Christ, Meals on Wheels has many opportunities to serve. There are opportunities to help with preparing meals, and there is a need for drivers to spend about one hour a week delivering food to those in need. This is a great, simple way to serve the people of our community.
In September of 2011 FBC was thrilled to become the host for the Bedford Cooperative Nursery School. This award-winning preschool has been a positive presence in the Bedford community for many years. Several families in our church have sent their kids and grandkids to the co-op and we are very excited to be sharing a facility with them.
We are currently building a relationship with Glendale Primary school, which is right across the street from our building. We are exploring ways to partner with them to serving the children of Bedford. Some of the things we have started is a welcome back breakfast for the teaching staff on the first day of school, Trunk or Treat for children and their family provides a safe environment for young Trick or Treaters. Adopting a needy family at Christmas and collecting gloves, hats and scarves to keep the little ones warm in the winter. Displaying the students art work in the Narthex. We continue to look for ways to serve.
UBUr3 is a mentoring project at Heskett Middle School involving several Bedford churches. The goal is to pair 7th and 8th graders selected by the school with adults from the community to build relationships and help the students reach their full potential. The program focuses on the themes of rights, respect, and responsibility.