Urban Ministries Team
This team works together to provide opportunities for the Pasadena Covenant Church congregation—as individuals, families and small groups—to serve others beyond our walls: through our partnership with the Madison Healthy Start Family Center, with Can Do Kids Club, at the Bad Weather Shelter, through our neighborhood outreach programs and in other ways. We feel that Pasadena Covenant is planted right where it is for a reason, and we look for God to lead us to build meaningful relationships with those in our immediate neighborhood so we can heed the call from scripture to bring about justice and peace among ourselves and in the world. We welcome new members, and invite you to join us for our monthly meetings or to get involved in any of our ministries.
Want to know more about what's going on with the Urban Ministries Team and Northwest Pasadena? Check out the Urban Ministries blog, "Lake and Santa Barbara". Here you'll find updates on ministry opportunities, monthly profiles of neighbors and local businesses, and personal resources for developing a "Theology of the City". http://pascovpj.tumblr.com/
Partnership with Madison Healthy Start Family Center
Madison Avenue Elementary is our neighborhood school, and we have recently formed a partnership with the Healthy Start Family Center that is located on its grounds. We work closely with Mirsa Serrano, coordinator of the center, in three ways.
CAN-DO Kids Club
CAN-DO Kids Club is an after school tutoring and enrichment program for elementary children, including homework help, literacy development, field trips, music lesson, gospel choir, Bible Club, a low student/staff ratio, and enrichment classes such as cooking, art, and sports.
CAN-DO stands for Christians Assisting Neighborhood, Developing Opportunities and is an outreach of Neighborhood Urban Family Center that has served hundreds of children, teens, and families since its start up in 1994.
Our vision: To enhance the social, moral, and spiritual fabric of urban Pasadena through personal relationship and programs that emphasize education, moral development, strengthening the family, racial reconciliation, and Christian faith.
Opportunity to serve with CAN-DO Kids: There are after school tutoring opportunites any, Monday through Thursday, from 3:00 - 4:30 p.m. to work with the children who come to CAN-DO kids. You may come whichever day or days you can help.
Bad Weather Shelter (BWS)
During the winter months, our church hosts the Bad Weather Shelter (BWS) for individuals who are homeless. Unfortunately, finances for the Bad Weather Shelter have been significantly reduced for 2013-14 season, so the BWS was only opened on a weather-activated basis, from November 29th until March 15th (weather-activated means night time temperatures drop to 40 degrees or colder, or there is a 40% change of rain). The BWS is closed for the season (closed March 15, 2014).
Neighborhood Outreach Events
As a team, we are committed to helping our church offer three to four outreach events each year, to get to know our neighbors better and become a better neighbor to them. We have partnered with our Children’s Ministry to run a neighborhood Family Camp with a bilingual emphasis, and have helped with Halloween and Christmas events. We are always planning for the next event and would welcome your involvement.
This shelter, a home near the church, serves women in crisis pregnancies and their children. Mentors and spiritual friends are needed for residents of the house. Learn more about Elizabeth House at http://www.elizabethhouse.net.
Club 21 Learning and Resource Center, a non-profit organization that supports children with Down syndrome and their families, operates on our church campus during part of the week. Club 21 was founded by a Pasadena Covenant member and is always in need of volunteer help! Learn more about Club 21 at http://www.clubtwentyone.org.
Every Friday morning: First Steps (Babies 0 to 3), 9:30 - 11:30 AM
Wednesday and Thursday afternoon: tutoring (during the school year)
Pasadena Covenant Church seeks to partner in ministry with other Evangelical Covenant congregations in our Pasadena neighborhood:
- Abundant Life Covenant Bible Church
Church of the Redeemer is a sister congregation in South Los Angeles with which Pasadena Covenant has partnered closely in the past. Although our partnership is now less formalized, there continue to be opportunities to be involved in this multiethnic congregation and its community development ministries.
Events of related ministries (last updated March 21, 2013)
CAN-DO Kids Mother's Night Out, Thurs. April 24th, 6-8 pm in Fellowship Hall.
CAN-D0 Kids End of Year Celebration Thurs., May 29th, 5-7 pm in Pasadena Covenant's Sanctuary.