Living the Gospel at Home
Jesus says that our love will be what identifies us as His disciples (John 13:35). As passionately as we seek to be ambassadors of God’s love and redemption across the globe, our desire is to be just as passionate about love and redemption in our own city.
We seek to share the love of Jesus with our neighbors by meeting them where they are at. Sometimes this means meeting basic needs like food donations to nearby schools, or English classes (ESL) for immigrants and refugees. Other times it means identifying ways to enrich our neighbors' lives such as tutoring programs or community dinners. And other times still it means opening our facilities to promote connection, play, and community through sports and activities. The common heartbeat through it all is love - for the glory of God.
Supported Local Partners
Connected Local Partners
Pastor Todd Schreiner
Outreach Pastor at The Chapel
“My hope is that we use our resources to help people see and understand all that God has done for them through Jesus Christ. I believe it is through the local church that we can truly fulfill Christ’s great commission of making disciples and equipping them to share His love and truth with the world.”
There are two regular ways we love on our city neighbors in Akron.
We partner with several Akron public schools - Mason, Leggett, McEbright, and Glover - right in our backyard, bringing all kinds of programs to students and their families. The programs include:
- Good News Clubs
- Holiday outreaches
- The Yellow Bags Program
- Coats & Backpacks for Kids
- Camp Learn a Lot
We provide food for students whose families are struggling financially. You can help by picking up a bright yellow bag on the third Sunday of the month. Inside each bag is a list of most-needed food items. Please provide what you can and bring your filled bag back on the following Sunday.
Yellow Bag Items:
Please no peanut butter or foods with peanuts or any kind of nut. We have children with severe peanut allergies at the schools.
- Mac and Cheese (Easy Mac),
- Individual Applesauce, Fruit, Pudding Cups
- Individual Cereal Boxes
- Fruit Snacks
- Pop Tarts
- NutriGrain bars
- Oatmeal Packets
- Chicken Ramen Noodles
- Chicken Noodle Soup
- Mac and Cheese Boxes
- Individual Bags of Chips
For more information on either ministry, contact Lisa Marshall.
Our outreach ministry, Akron Internationals, seeks to connect and enrich the lives of international students, immigrants, and refugee families in our city. Our hope is to build friendships and foster community through events like:
- ESL classes - offered twice weekly.
- Airport pickups and temporary housing for newly arriving students.
- Friday night dinners, hosted in the Dining Room at our Akron campus.
- Inviting students into our homes to share a meal - we call it American Family Experience.
- And other events throughout the year.
If you are new to Akron, we invite you to any and all of our events and activities! For more information, please contact Stephen Morris.
English Classes (ESL)
Our English classes are open to any who are interested in learning regardless of culture or religion.
2020 English Classes
Fall Semester: September 22 – December 9, 2020
Tuesdays and Wednesdays 9:30am – 11:30am.
There are 5 different levels available from beginner to advanced. Class fee: $30 for the whole year (includes student workbook).
Fall: September 18 – December 4, 2020
Fridays 5:15pm – 6:15pm
We invite you to come learn English conversational skills in a casual atmosphere. You are welcome to join us after for dinner in our Dining Room at no cost.
If you are arriving in Akron and don’t have a place to stay, we can help connect you with a family.
Friday Night Dinners
Come join us on Fridays at 6:30pm in The Chapel Dining Room throughout Fall and Spring University of Akron semesters.
If you have questions about Jesus and the Bible, come join us. Contact, Stephen Morris, to find out more.
We have three annual trips to connect international students together: Fall Getaway, Winter Weekend, and Bridges Vision Conference. Check our Events page for more information as each trip approaches.
All 2021 Sports Outreach programs are cancelled until further notice an effort to help slow down the spread of the Covid 19 virus. Thank you for understanding.
We host several sports leagues throughout the year open to anyone in the community, regardless of culture or religion. Childcare is not provided at these events.
18+ Coed Floor Hockey
Christ-centered competitive Floor Hockey league plays in the Akron Campus Gym on Tuesday nights (7-10pm) seasonally. Fall session begins in September; Spring session starts in April. Fee: $30.
Fast Break Basketball
Christ-centered High School Basketball League plays Saturday games in the Akron Campus Gym. In addition to playing competitive basketball, this league also teaches students the significance of the Gospel of Christ. Season starts in January and runs through March.
Christ-centered volleyball league plays Thursday evening games at the Akron Campus Gym. There are competitive games and devotional times to discover and grow in faith. Season starts in January and runs through May.
For more information, please contact us.