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.

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!).

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

SOCIAL JUSTICE MINISTRY

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

Psalm 37:11

(New International Version)

RE:HEALTH MINISTRY

DR. MARCO K. MERRICK, CHAIR / DR. KAMALA D. VIA, vice CHAIR

To live on purpose, we believe you must care for your mind, body, and soul. The RE:HEALTH Ministry, in partnership with LifeBridge Health, coordinates a wide range of health-related information sessions and activities to do just that.

FAITH COMMUNITIES  OF BALTIMORE

WITH PRIDe

MR. ZACHARY HUBERT, CHAIR / ms. susanne mccoy, vice 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 part time paid staff. It is truly a beneficial and helpful 501(c)(3) organization.