Ministries

Friendship & Spiritual Growth

Small groups that meet on a regular basis for prayer, Bible study, a shared meal, and/or service projects.  A new Disciple Group can be started by any member of the congregation if they are able to find at least two other people who have interest in the group.  Groups meet both at the church and in people’s homes.  Reoccurring groups include: “The Shack” audio book discussion group, “The Story” study of the Bible,  the Friendship Train monthly dinner group, and our pastor’s class for new believers and those desiring to be baptized.
Contact NewDisciplesCR@gmail.com or the church office if you are interested in joining or hosting a group.

New Disciples' Kids (Children Ministry)
Every Wednesday evening at 6pm during the school year, children ages 4 through 5th grade gather at the church for our children's programming. We share a meal, watch a skit, play games, eat snacks, and do crafts, all while learning a lesson from the Bible. Parents are welcome to join us!

Prayer Gathering (African style)
On Saturdays at 4 p.m. we gather for prayer. This is a time to pray for the community and any specific needs of those present.

Caring Hands - Women's Fellowship Group
Women of all ages are invited to join us on the second & fourth Thursday of the month at 1 PM in fellowship here at New Disciples. 

Men's Bible Study
Our men’s Bible Study meets every Tuesday at the church at 1:00 PM to discuss Sunday’s scripture, using the Serendipity Bible study guide.

Prayer Chain
Those with a prayer need can contact the church office or our pastor to begin the prayer chain.  The prayer chain is made up of about 20 people, including the pastor, who will take time to pray for needs as they arise. If someone feels called to volunteer to pray for others, s/he should contact our pastor and ask to be added to the prayer chain.

Homebound Visitation and Communion
A group of church members called to bring communion to those who are unable to attend worship services.  They visit once a month for fellowship, sharing the news of the church and the congregation, and partaking together in the Lord’s Supper.  Please contact the church office if you wish receive homebound communion.

Young Disciples
About once a month we have a special event or activity for our youth.  Contact the church office to learn about this month's opportunities.

Movie Night
A social event where we watch a movie together and discuss the storyline.


Music

New Disciples Choir
The New Disciples Singers is our adult choir, open to anyone high school aged on up.  Come explore your gifts and join this rewarding experience. Even if you've never explored this, we'd love to have you!

New Disciples Chimers
Join us as we prepare songs for special occasions.

Special Music

Members and friends of the church are welcome to share their musical talents with solo music and small ensembles during the worship service. Don't hesitate to let Janelle know!


Specialized Service, Outreach, 
and Missions

Community Garden - Garden of Hope
Garden located at 5001 Williams Blvd SW.  All are welcome to come plant, weed and/or harvest produce.  This is a garden of reconciliation, nourishment, community, grace and hope.  All gardeners must be willing to share surplus with local food pantries, as well as allow those in need to come and harvest some of the produce for themselves. Blue Zone Project.  We are also members of the Food Environment Alliance.

Welcome to Iowa Farming!
In partnership with Feed Iowa First, during the summer of 2016 new immigrants to the United States will be working together to farm a portion of land.  This is an opportunity to learn how to transition farming skills from a different climate to Iowa soil as well as learn farm management and marketing in order to be profitable in this new culture.  Farm is located at 5001 Williams Blvd SW. 

Refugee Ministry
Cedar Rapids has been blessed by an influx of new residents who have come here as refugees from Tanzania, Congo, Burundi, and Rwanda.  As a church we are partnering with those new to our community to support them through friendship.

Hope Builders
The mission of Hope Builders is to build hope on the SW side of Cedar Rapids, by drawing public attention to the needs and developing leaders who are "hope builders" who will find creative ways to address those needs. Hope Builders primarily focuses on food distribution and access for those living in the Westdale area.  Hope Builders also offers a bicycle mentoring program where youth learn how to build their own bicycle and in the process learn important life skills.

We Care Shop

Once a mission of Cedar Christian Church, the We Care Shop is now managed by the Young Parents Network.  As these teen and young adult parents learn to care for their children, they earn points.  These points can be spent at the We Care Shop for goods such as baby clothing,  diapers, strollers, books, toys, and other necessities, donated from around the community.  Volunteers assist YPN staff throughout the month to aid shoppers and to help sort and restock donations.

Greeting Cards
Volunteers who prepare birthday and anniversary cards on behalf of the church, to be mailed to our members.

Pill Bottle Collection
Our church gathers empty pill bottles for reuse at the Jane Boyd Free Clinic.  The congregation is invited to remove the prescription labels, rinse the empty pill bottles, and place them in the basket in the sanctuary.

Premiums Collection
We collect Box Tops for Education and Labels for Education for nearby Hoover School.  We also collect tabs from pop cans and other pop-top foods on behalf of Hoover School, who cash in the metal and donate the proceeds to Camp Courageous.

Communication

E-mail by Phone Partnership
When the church office sends out information through e-mail, members with e-mail each call their phone partner and read the e-mail message aloud.

Either if you receive e-mail and are willing to call a church member with information or if you desire to receive a call when a church e-mail is sent, please contact the church office to receive a partner.