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.
- Discover Groups - small studies where we learn more about Jesus, Christianity and the Bible.
- And other events throughout the year.
If you would like more information on the multiple opportunities to volunteer, please contact Stephen Morris.
Learn about airport pickups and temporary housing.
Hear about the impact being made through the American Family Experience
Akron Internationals Cookbook
The Akron Internationals cookbook began as an idea for International students and families to give back to Chapel volunteers. By offering recipes from their home countries, our international friends shared a window into the cultures and customs they brought with them to our city. It seemed only fitting then, that their favorites be compiled into a cookbook so more people could enjoy these authentic dishes at home.
The AI Cookbook will be available for pickup beginning Sunday, June 12 at the Fir Hill Desk and Resource Center. To grab your copy for a suggested donation of $10, click below.
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.
Men's 35+ Pick-Up Basketball
Christ-centered Men's 35+ Pick-Up Basketball plays in the Akron Campus Gym on Tuesday's nights from 7-8:30pm. Fee: no cost. Fall session begins in September, winter session starts in January and summer session starts in June.
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 coed volleyball with open free play and organized play at the Akron Campus Gym on Thursday nights from 6pm - 8:30pm. Fall and spring sessions.