- Our INITIATIVES -

“Everybody can be great -- because anybody can serve. You don't have to a college degree to serve. You don't have to make your subject and verb agree to serve. You only need a heart full of grace. A soul generated by love."

- MARTIN LUTHER KING JR.

SMALL GROUPS MINISTRY

Small Groups are weekly (or bi-weekly) gatherings of individuals who are committed to “doing life together”. ​Small Groups are a great way to get to know others in the church, make meaningful connections, grow your faith, and serve others.

​Remember, life is better connected! 

SOCIAL JUSTICE MINISTRY

"But the meek will inherit the land and enjoy peace and prosperity."

Psalm 37:11

(New International Version)

CONGREGATIONAL & KINSHIP CARE

MS. JERRISA P. CARTER, CHAIR

At The Open Church, we believe that everyone is a minister and has gifts, skills, and experiences that can edify the congregation and enhance the world. Thus, ministry is not the “exclusive possession” of the clergy. Ministry is what the entire congregation does.

 

In all aspects of ministry, The Open Church seeks to empower the entire congregation for active participation. We especially invite the congregation to provide care for one another in times of joy and sorrow. As we often say, we are a care-full congregation, and as sisters and brothers made in the image of our Heavenly Father who is Divine Mother of us all, we are all kinfolk.

 

Kinship Care at The Open Church is how we care for each other by encouragement, visitation, intercessory prayer, and other acts of kindness as people experience sickness, stress, death, and other times of sorrow as well as birthdays, weddings, anniversaries, and other joyous occasions.

 

At The Open church, we believe that in order to be whole each person needs at least three hugs a day. So, we hug each other a lot. Kinship Care is another form of hugging—the holy embrace of each other that leads to healing

PRAYER SHAWL MINISTRY

"WoRK OF OUR HANDS"

Ms. Alaina Jenkins, Chair

We are a group of loving crocheters and knitters who create shawls, blankets, pillows, hats and scarves for people in our community who are grieving, ill, welcoming new life, or simply in need of a tangible expression of love! All levels are welcome (we will teach newbies!).

TECHNOLOGY & MEDIA MINISTRY

MR. TONY DORSEY, CHAIR

Through broadband connections we envision the merging of evolving new media technologies and "the flow of content" across multiple media platforms. We expect to utilize various multiple media resources, and provide for the transitional activity of our media based audiences who seek the kinds of spiritual encouragement, spiritual influence and spiritual entertainment experiences they desire to embrace 24/7.


From this point forward TOC will continue to evolve with five areas of convergence: technological, social, cultural, global and spiritual. Our belief is that convergence, simply put, is how the general public will interact with TOC technologies on a spiritual and social level on various media platforms. 

FAITH COMMUNITIES  OF BALTIMORE

WITH PRIDe

MR. ZACHARY HUBERT, CHAIR

At The Open Church of Maryland, courageous social justice activism, radical inclusion, and interfaith dialogue are out-in-the-open for all to see.


One of the ways we put our mission and vision into action is through the Faith Communities of Baltimore with Pride (FCBWP).


Faith Communities of Baltimore with Pride is an interfaith coalition of faith-based communities that are proud about the full inclusion of LGBTQ persons. TOC is a founding member of FCBWP, and we serve on its coordinating team.

As a member of the FCBWP coordinating team, we help to plan, lead, and provide volunteers for annual events.


Here are some of the events we lead and lend our hands to support:

June/July: Baltimore Pride

September/October: Baltimore Black Pride

October: National Coming Out Day

November: Transgender Day of Remembrance

December: World AIDS Day


40 WEST ASSISTANCE & REFERRAL CENTER

MS. DORENE MONT & MS. TANYA PAGE, CO-CHAIRS

40 West Assistance is an alliance of 12-14 churches along the 40 West Corridor of Baltimore, Maryland. These churches have joined together to provide assistance to church members and neighbors residing in the 40 West Corridor. 40 West provides a variety of services, including a food pantry, BGE energy assistance, food stamp assistance and referrals to a number of services such as counseling, eviction prevention, water shut off, help with transportation, a small clothing bank for back to work and referral to services through the Mayor's Office. 40 West is run by a volunteer staff, volunteer Board of Directors and one part time paid staff, the Director. Mr. John Saunders has done an outstanding job, putting in many more hours than the 20/week allotted. It is truly a beneficial and helpful 501(c)(3) organization.