During the school year (from September to May), our Sunday evening gatherings are small groups that meet in member’s homes for Bible study, fellowship and prayer. One of these groups always meets at the church building on Sunday evenings at 6:00 p.m. We have also special groups (OK, also all of our groups are special, but these two are special because they are grouped by their ages. these are the “CrossTrainers” (Middle School, Grades 4-8) and the “Teens4Him” (High School, Grades 9-12). We also have a Men’s Small Group that meets on Monday nights at 7:00 p.m. and and Ladies Bible class group that meets on Tuesday mornings at 9:30 a.m.
Our first series for 2018 will be a short four-week study entitled “After the Amen: Thoughts on Following Jesus.” One of the best know “red-letter” sections in the New Testament was “The Sermon on the Mount.” Did Jesus “extend the invitation” at the end of that sermon? We know his conclusion was, “Everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice…”
Jesus expected people not just to listen to the sermon; He expected people to spring into action. But when Matthew 8 begins, Jesus is the one springing into action! This study series will look at what happens “after the amen” of the Sermon on the Mount in Matthew 8-9. The small group study series will track along with the Sunday morning sermon study.
Here is a listing of our current groups. Meeting times are subject to change, and some of the groups may decide to rotate the host responsibilities as well.
Our Senior High youth group is called Teens-4-Him. This group has regular classes on Sunday morning and Wednesdays night. There is also a Teens-4-Him “Body Life” small group that meets each Sunday night during the school year either in someone’s home or at the building.
The Teens-4-Him takes trips each year to youth rallies in Tennessee (Winterfest) and every other years to Northern Virginia (PowerHouse). They have been involved for the last several years in MOVWC (Middle Ohio-Valley Work Camp), a service week painting houses for low income people in the Ohio Valley. Our Teens-4-Him group also sent a big group this year to Camp Idlewild in Surry, VA.
Check out the group’s Facebook page.
We call our Middle School small group (which is actually grades 5-8) the “CrossTrainers.” They also meet for regular Bible classes, and their Body Life small group meets at the church building each Sunday afternoon at 5:00 p.m. for study, games, snacks and they have a lot of fun.
Circle of Friends
Our Elementary School group is called “Circle of Friends.” They meet together every month during the school year for special craft projects, parties and events. We hope to get better organized so there is a regular small group meeting just for them as well.
The Denbigh Church of Christ is committed to being used by God to taking the good news of Jesus into all the world. We have been involved to this end in regularly supporting missions works in places like Chennai, India (Paul Regenanthan), Strasbourg, France (Daniel Ferot), and Mbale, and Uganda (Daryl Bates). We also current send support to help in Sudan. Denbigh has been blessed since 1993 to be involved with planting and supporting and through short term mission trips a church in Zhitomir, Ukraine.
Denbigh has been active for many years in working with Idlewild Christian Camp, located outside of Spring Grove in Surry County, Virginia. Each summer, an enthusiastic contingency of our children and adults spend a week (or two or three) at camp. The pool there has been the place where many of our children have been baptized. Each year, Denbigh supplies the bulk of the staff for the Middle School Week for Camp Idlewild (usually the second full week in July).
From the Camp Web Site
Camp Idlewild is owned by Idlewild Christian Endeavors, Inc., a Virginia non-stock corporation with 501(c)(3) status. It’s purpose is to provide Christian camping experiences for children and families, and it has been doing this for about 50 years.
The camp began because of the generous contribution of about 80 acres of farm and forest by the Menzel family of Surry County, Virginia in the early 1960′s. The corporation formed to receive the grant and develop the property has a membership composed of individuals and congregations of Churches of Christ in eastern and central Virginia.
Bayside Church of Christ
Cameron Church of Christ
Denbigh Church of Christ
Hampton Church of Christ
Norfolk Church of Christ
Williamsburg Church of Christ
Ladie Bible Class
A large group of “church ladies” of all ages meet together on each Tuesday morning during the school at 9:30 year for a time of Bible study, discussion, fellowship and sometimes a meal together. They also make and address cards of encouragement to send to people who… well, need to be encouraged. The class also schedules luncheons, services projects and all kinds of fun things at times during the year. It is a great way to get to know and serve one another.
Our CASA (Christians Against Substance Abuse) program is a jail ministry working with men and women incarcerated at several local facilities. The course uses the Bible as a sourcebook to help those who are struggling with substance abuse issues and to help them emotionally and spiritually prepare for a new life beyond chemical dependence and outside of incarceration. This educational program is approved and accredited by the local jails as part of their ongoing education and rehabilitation efforts. Several of our members go into the facilities to teach these classes; others are involved in grading lessons and corresponding with enrollees.
Five Loaves Food Pantry
Denbigh also regularly provides volunteers to help with the Five Loaves Food Ministry, an effort feed the hungry in our community. Five Loaves collects food from various grocery stores and restaurants each day, and this food is distributed to the hungry. Hot meals are also regularly provided in this program. On the first Tuesday of each month USDA foods and meats are distributed. It takes many volunteers to sort, package, distribute and carry all this food for people, and we are pleased to be involved in a small way each month.
Five Loaves Food Pantry exists to serve the Hungry of the Virginia Peninsula. We accept people from all over the Peninsula and only ask that you be hungry in order to receive food. We have served people from Gloucester to Smithfield, but over 85% of the people we serve come from Newport News. At the end of July, 2015, of the 2,204 current families we served, only 42 do NOT qualify for Emergency Food Assistance by the USDA standards. That is less than 2% of our clients do NOT qualify for Emergency Food Assistance
In 2014, Five Loaves Food Pantry distributed food to over 50,000 individuals for under $18,500. Our total budget for 2014, was $800,000, only $18,000 was in cash. The rest was in kind contribution: over $570,000 in food alone, over 144 TONS of food was donated. Less than 3% of our budget is cash. So for every dollar donated we are able to do $40 worth of ministry.
We are a sustaining food pantry and as such see many families at least once a week; those with a more desperate need, i.e. homeless, we might see almost daily. Since we relocated to Hampton Roads Church in the Denbigh area of Newport News, we have increased the number of families we serve by 30%.
We are open Monday through Friday for Perishable Food Distribution from 11am until we run out of food. On Tuesday evening, from 5:30pm to 7pm, we serve a Hot Meal and distribute shelf stable groceries (for three meals) and meat. We receive food from Trader Joes, Food Lion, WaWa and Fort Eustis Commissary. We also partner with Panera, LongHorn Steakhouse, Little Caesars and Chick-fil-a for additional food products. In addition to our food distribution progrms, we also team up with Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts and the home schooled for educational and hands on instruction regarding hunger, homelessness and food safety.
Denbigh is involved in helping to meet needs in our community by partnering with other churches in our area in an effort known as THRIVE Peninsula. This effort, formerly knows as D.U.C.O. (Denbigh United Christian Outreach) helps to serve the poor in our area. Denbigh helps to provide canned goods for an ongoing food bank, several different volunteer services and ongoing financial support to help in this this good work.
WHO WE ARE
Fueled by the Light of Christ and the dedicated support of partnering faith communities and other contributors, THRIVE Peninsula ministers to the physical, economic, educational, emotional and spiritual needs of our neighbors. Addressing both essential living needs (e.g., food, housing, utilities) and the unique crises affecting each person, this volunteer-driven coalition helps coordinate community resources for a tailored, integrated response.
With comprehensive budget education among its core (no cost) services, THRIVE strives to encourage people to be active participants in the resolution of their present plight and the plan for long-term financial stability. Formerly known as Denbigh United Christian Outreach (DUCO – est. 1973), present-day THRIVE Peninsula remains among the most long-standing outreach services of its kind in its local community. How humbling to witness and be a part of seeing thriving families create a thriving community!
A united Peninsula faith community, partnering with community resources, to help those most in need resolve their immediate crises and lead lives of more faithful stewardship.
To Encourage, Educate and Empower our Peninsula neighbors in need toward transformed and self-sustaining lives.
Provide emergency food and financial aid to eligible individuals and families.
Motivate, mentor and equip people to participate in the resolution of their financial hardships.
Advocate cooperation between people and creditors.
Refer to appropriate supportive resources.
Lead a collaboration of Peninsula faith-based organizations and other contributors to accomplish these goals.
Port Homeless Ministry
Each year the Denbigh Church of Christ has been involved in the PORT (People Offering Resources together) ministry to the homeless. This cooperative interfaith effort uses different church buildings in the Newport News area to house and feed homeless people during the winter months. For many years, Denbigh has helped to provide volunteers to serve at different site across the city in this program. Beginning in 2015, we have served as the church location for the homeless shelter at our building during Christmas week.
PORT Emergency Winter Shelter Program
PORT (People Offering Resources Together) is an emergency winter shelter that hosts an average of 100 individuals per night, for 20 weeks during the winter. The name of this program really explains it all: it’s a safe harbor, made possible by a network of 130 interfaith (Christian and non-Christian) groups that provide the facilities, volunteers, food, clothes and many other resources to homeless men, women and children in our area.
The shelter moves to a different church every week, and each night, there’s a new group of volunteers responsible for welcoming the guests and providing at least 2 meals (dinner and breakfast) per day. Each season, PORT counts with over 5,000 volunteers that get involved in planning, cooking, or distributing clothes and hygiene donations.