Editor’s note: Inter-Mountain’s Comfort and Joy series will continue in each issue leading up to Christmas Eve.
ELKINS — Through his “Feed the City” outreach program, Summit Church in Elkins continues to do its part to help those in need and less fortunate throughout the area.
On the last Tuesday of each month, the church offers a free meal to anyone in the area who attends the dinner. During the event, the church also provides clothing for anyone in need and has interactive activities for children such as face painting and games.
During the holidays, the church hosts Christmas dinners for both Thanksgiving and Christmas. Last months “Feed the City” The event was held on Thanksgiving Day. Those who attended were served all the traditional side dishes served on the holiday. Take away food was also provided for those who did not want to stay and free winter clothing was given out to those who needed warm clothing.
This year’s Christmas Dinner will be offered on December 28 and the church has gone the extra mile to purchase gifts for the children who attend the dinner.
“We’ve compiled a list of some of the kids that are coming to ‘Feed the City,’ and we’ve bought a bunch of gifts for them and a few others who may show up this year.” Summit Church pastor Kevin Jones told The Inter-Mountain. “So when the kids come over for a meal, they’ll have some presents to open, too.”
Each Christmas, the church also hosts an annual holiday event and this year’s show will feature a Shaffer Band concert on Sunday at 7 pm The concert is free and coffee, tea and hot chocolate will be provided. The public is encouraged to attend. Earlier in the day, the church will also hold its annual Christmas play at 10 a.m.
Church members and volunteers will also be busy during a select week this month as they prepare the food pantry for distribution. Workers will spend a total of three days unloading the trucks that deliver the food, packaging it, and then delivering it on the distribution date.
“Right now our food pantry distribution is monthly, but we would like to make it so we have it a couple times a month,” Jones said. “We have converted our youth building into just a food pantry, so we hope to be able to stock it with food and distribute it to those in need.”
Jones said the bank usually gets about 750 boxes of food a month, but he would like the church to start getting about 3,000 so he can help more people.
For more information on events at Summit Church, visit www.summitelkins.com.