In 1983, Central Reformed was one of the founding congregations of Heartside Ministry, an organized congregation of the Reformed Church in America as well as a multi-faceted non-profit serving low income residents of the Heartside neighborhood. Beyond food and shelter, it provides services otherwise unavailable in the neighborhood, services which help homeless and marginalized populations discover their potential through arts, education and faith.
The Heartside Lunch Group at Central serves as a conduit for affirming and strengthening the ongoing relationship between our congregation and this ministry. It invites Central members to discover or re-discover Heartside and its neighbors through participating in Sunday lunches, and the group can link Central members and friends with opportunities for additional service, including volunteering in the art or pottery studio, the art gallery, GED and literacy tutoring and community activities. Opportunities abound and Central is proud of its long history in nurturing and supporting Heartside Ministry and discovering that not only can Central members provide assistance but that Heartside neighbors can teach us much about discovering talents, overcoming obstacles and living a glorious Christianity, sharing ourselves with each other.
Heartside lunches are served after the ministry’s Sunday worship service. Central provides the meal every 2nd Sunday of the month and on all 5th Sundays. Contact the church office for information on lunch schedules and other opportunities.