“Do Justice. Love Kindness. Walk Humbly.” Micah 6:8
Every Sunday in worship we end our service saying our Common Commission:
“Let us go forth into the world in peace, being of good courage, holding fast to that which is good, rendering to no one evil for evil, strengthening the faint hearted, supporting the weak, helping the afflicted, honoring all persons, loving and serving the Lord and rejoicing in the power of the Holy Spirit.”
In worship we have prayed for our world and then are sent out into the world to be the hands and feet of Jesus to love and serve those in our community and in the world. There is always space for you!
Our Mission and Justice Ministries
2023 Mission Partners Supported with Church Funds form the Mission Committee
- -A Sacred Place: https://asacredplace.org/. Programs of hope for incarcerated women of York Correctional Institution in order to help them lead responsible, educated, spiritually enriched lives that are drug-free and crime-free.
- -Always Home: www.AlwaysHome.org SE CT agency focused on preventing homelessness for families with children.
- -Community Speaks Out: www.communityspeaksout.org Provides education, prevention and resources to individuals and their families to access treatment and recovery.
- -Covenant Shelter of New London, Inc.: https://www.covenantshelterofnewlondon.org/ Provides emergency shelter, with the goal of obtaining permanent, stable housing for our guests.
- - Drop-In Learning Center: https://www.dropinlearningcenter.org/. Provides after school programming in the New London school district. With the right support positive change is possible. The 2023 recipient of the Jody Capen Memorial Award.
- Eastern CT Community Garden Association: https://www.getgrowingct.org/. The ECCGA offers education and financial resources to groups and individuals wishing to start a community garden. They work with schools, non-profits, giving gardens, and community groups.
- Fresh New London: https://freshnewlondon.org/about/. Builds momentum for food system change by connecting communities, with a focus on youth of the City of New London. Working to create the conditions for everyone to access food with dignity and have real control over the food access. They grow food as a way to reclaim land, highlight cultural relevance, inspire leadership and incite change.
- -Groton (Town of) Human Services/Food Locker: https://www.groton-ct.gov/departments/humanservices/index.php Services for any resident of the town who may need help because of financial problems, housing issues, no food or heat, health concerns, family difficulties, parenting issues, senior issues, transportation or child care questions.
- -Habitat for Humanity: www.habitatect.org The mission is to help families build a place to call home. With the belief that affordable housing plays a critical role in strong and stable communities.
- Hearing Youth Voices: https://www.hearingyouthvoices.com/. Develops working class, Black and brown young people into courageous and skilled leaders capable of running issue-based campaigns, leading coalitions and alliances, and uniting us across our differences to build the power necessary to advance racial, economic, and gender justice.
- -Homeless Hospitality Center of New London: https://www.nlhhc.org/ Support for people who are homeless to transition into homes.
- -H.O.P.E.: https://www.hopenewlondon.org/ A non-profit corporation dedicated to developing affordable housing for low and moderate-income individuals and families in New London.
- -Immigration Advocacy & Support: https://www.iascct.org/ Mission is to provide quality low-cost immigration legal services in Southeast Connecticut, and to educate the community and local service providers on immigration law and policy.
- -Interreligious Eco-Justice Network: https://irejn.org/ Is an environmental justice organization focused on programming to educate youth and adults, along with state and local policy initiatives to support the causes.
- -IRIS, Integrated Refugee and Immigrant Services: https://irisct.org/ Provides targeted wrap-around services for refugees, using a strength-based assessment model, that offers long-term support for successful integration through partnership with community organizations.
- -Madonna Place: https://www.madonnaplace.org/ Working with underserved families in New London County to strengthen them and prevent child abuse and neglect.
- -Martin House: https://www.martinhousect.org/ Support for adults with histories of mental illness, homelessness and poverty.
- -Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Scholarship Trust Fund: https://www.mlktrustfund.org/ Scholarship program for students of color, preferably African Americans who reside and attend school in New London County to help them pursue a baccalaureate degree at an accredited college or university.
- -Mystic Area Ecumenical Council: https://maecmystic.wordpress.com/ Council of local churches that collaborate to sponsor events that benefit our communities.
- New London Meal Center: https://www.newlondoncommunitymealcenter.org/. Feeding those who are hungry today, and working to build a healthy and equitable food system and community for all. MCC members volunteer once a month to help at the center.
- Operation Fuel: https://operationfuel.org/. Provides year-round utility and energy assistance in CT and advocating for energy affordability.
- -Pawcatuck Neighborhood Center: https://pawcatuckneighborhoodcenter.org/ Variety of social services for families, seniors and adults living in Pawcatuck. Food pantry, rental and heat assistance, Meals on Wheels, thrift store and much more.
- -Riverfront Children’s Center: https://riverfrontchildren.org/ The mission to provide high-quality, affordable childcare and educational services, while comprehensively nurturing the unique needs of children and their families.
- -Safe Futures: https://safefuturesct.org/ Saves lives, restores hope and changes the future for those impacted by domestic violence, sexual assault, stalking, and trafficking in southeastern Connecticut.
- -SE Community Center of the Blind: https://www.centeroftheblind.com/ To serve the social, recreational, educational, referral, and advocacy needs of the Blind and Visually Impaired population of southeastern Connecticut and assist them in attaining and maintaining an independent lifestyle.
- -Start Fresh of New London: https://www.startfreshct.org/ Resettles refugees and other displaced persons by providing them with the necessities to start a new life in New London, CT.
- -STEPS, Inc.: https://www.stepsct.org/ Empowering girls and uplifting communities by providing young women the tools necessary to build lives of integrity and self-sufficiency through positive choice. Summer and afterschool programs for girls in grades 6-12 in the Groton School District.
- -Thames River Community Service, Inc.: http://www.trfp.org/ Provides safe housing and support services for families experiencing homelessness, domestic violence, substance abuse or mental illness and meeting the needs of the region’s economically and otherwise disadvantaged citizens.
- TVCCA Housing and Homeless Services: https://www.tvcca.org/housing/. Works with many partners throughout Eastern CT to help end homelessness and provide affordable housing.
- -WARM Center : http://warmcenter.org/ A comprehensive social services agency providing professional and compassionate wraparound programming for those in need in southern Rhode Island and southeastern Connecticut.
New London Meal Center. On the third Friday of each month, sign up on the Church Bulletin Board volunteers prepare and serve dinner, talk with the guests and help clean up the kitchen and dining room at the New London location.
Westerly Area Rest and Meals (WARM) Center. The first Sunday of each month our High School youth prepare a meal for guests at WARM.
Meals on Wheels. Mystic Congregational Church provides a team of volunteer drivers for delivering meals for Pawcatuck Neighborhood Center to homebound local residents on Mondays and Fridays.
Refugee Settlement. We partner with local organizations to assist in the settlement of refugee families to the region.