We see Wildwood as one local congregation living out God’s mission in the world to:
Connect people to Christ: His Community
God has placed you in Norman for a reason. We do not need to travel very far to come across people in some form of social, economic, legal, or physical crisis. And God gives, through the Holy Spirit and the indwelling presence of Jesus Christ, the resources to make a difference—for the glory of God!
While the needs may be more acute in other parts of the world, it is obvious that we have a responsibility to address those needs within our normal sphere of influence. It is hoped that every Wildwood member will take the initiative to seek to meet needs among neighbors, co-workers, extended family, or other friends. In many ways, this form of service is even more important than the activities planned by the church itself.
Nonetheless, Wildwood’s Local Outreach team helps to coordinate some community-focused efforts, and provide specific avenues for service.
Local Outreach Ministries
CarePortal is a ministry that seeks to connect churches with the needs of families right in our own community. These needs, as identified by a social service workers, are passed onto the church via an email system. Individual families or small groups will be able to opt into the network of emails from our local welfare agency. When the volunteer identifies a need that can be met, he/she will respond directly through the Care Portal email system and coordinate to meet the need with the case worker and the family involved.
Food and Shelter
Food and Shelter for Friends is a non-profit agency which serves approximately 250 meals per day to Norman’s homeless community, as well as providing emergency shelter and housing assistance for hundreds of individuals and families each year. Cash and food donations are always welcome, and volunteers may help at any time. Wildwood has committed to providing a team to serve and clean up after one hot meal the second Friday of every month as well as package donations from Panera Bread each Saturday night/Sunday evening.
Adopt-A-School Program: Wildwood has “adopted” Kennedy Elementary school. For Wildwood, school “adoption” means that we help resource the schools with volunteers and support. The three main expressions of our school adoption are mentoring, reading buddies, and teacher support. Mentors spend 30 minutes each week during the school year working with an at risk child, offering support and encouragement. Reading buddies commit to read at a scheduled time with a child or a small group of children that need extra support in reading. Teacher support involves coming alongside under-resourced teachers to keep them encouraged throughout the school year.
Mission Norman seeks to address some of the physical and social needs of the poor in our community from a Christian perspective. Each year Wildwood supports the mission’s effort to sponsor Christmas gifts and supplies for over 250 of Mission Norman’s families. Volunteers are needed year around and gifts donations as well as set up and clean take place in November each year.
Christian PenPals is a letter writing ministry for those who would like to offer encouragement, guidance, and provide Christian fellowship & friendship to prisoners through correspondence. Penpals are asked to commit to 2 letters per month. Protections for the both the immate and the penpal are put in place to ensure safety. For more information, go to www.cppministry.com.
Trips for Kids
Trips for Kids (TFK®) International has opened the world of cycling to over 100,000 at-risk youth through guided mountain bike rides and job training/earn-a-bike programs. All TFK chapters are managed and operated independently at the local level but share a common goal. Their mission is to use bicycles as a vehicle for lessons in confidence building, achievement, health, fitness and environmental awareness through the development of practical skills and the simple act of having fun. Volunteers are needed to accompany riders and provide van support as well as bike maintenance.
Local Outreach Support
Eden Clinic provides counseling and free health services to women who may be considering abortion as a way to terminate an unplanned pregnancy. Various types of volunteers are needed at Eden Clinic, as are financial contributions. Year around, Wildwood collects baby items for expectant mother’s sponsored by Eden Clinic. See the Adult Classrooms for a list of items and donation areas.
Outreach Monthly Updates Contact Local Outreach
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