Volunteering & Outreach
 
To equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ.  Ephesians 4:12

There are numerous opportunities at Christ By The Sea to utilize your gifts, talents, and interest in ministry. Our church serves in a number of local and international mission activities. Some are listed below. Please contact us today to discuss how you can best serve!

For “Connect” and “Serve” Ministries, contact June Traylor, Director of Ministries at 772.231.1661 or by e-mail.

For Administration Volunteering, contact Edie Housel, Church Administrator at 772.231.1661 or by e-mail.
          Office Volunteer
          Yard/Grounds Work

 
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Each Christmas names and ages of children supplied by Prison Ministry Fellowship are provided on the Angel Tree. Gifts are collected and distributed.
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CBTS welcomes Oneblood to our campus throughout the year to conduct blood drives. The church has an account which provides blood for member and friends as it is available.
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Groups of men and women are available to complete small jobs for members and friends of CBTS. Complete a request form available at the church office.
 
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This well known organization invites people of all backgrounds, races and religions to build /and or re-habilitate houses together in partnership with families in need. For general information regarding Habitat for Humanity, please visit irchabitat.org.
outreach-logoThis initiative works to help the most at-risk children in Vero Beach by providing school clothing and uniforms, hygiene kits, backpacks and basic school supplies. The team shops for specific children with whom they have been provided specific sizes and needs. We pray for each child by name. We provide a back-to-school party with dinner for the families at which the clothing and supplies are presented.

 

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This local organization helps those in need to transform their lives by providing food, crisis care, opportunities for education and employment counseling. We are privileged to partner with Harvest by providing volunteers and financial support.
 
For more information, call 772.564.9365.

 

 
Adventure Club
at Beachland Elementary
                                               
Mentors meet with students on Wednesday afternoons to tutor and supply helpful academic assistance.
intervarsityWe are pleased to partner with InterVarsity Christian Fellowship on the Indian River State College campus. Visit intervarsity.org, or contact Elsie Mokoban at 772.559.8325 or emokoban@aol.com
outreach-logo6The children’s home, located in Lake Monroe FL., provides a Christian environment for children unable to live at home due to abuse, abandonment, family breakdown, etc. For more information about this organization, please visit flumch.org.
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During the Christmas season, items are collected for our soldiers and sent overseas in time for Christmas in partnership with Military Moms Prayer Group of Vero.
occOur church is delighted to be a part of Operation Christmas Child.

Operation Christmas Child brings joy and hope to children in desperate situations around the world through gift-filled shoe boxes and the Good News of God’s love. For more information, please visit: samaritanspurse.org.

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Through our contributions to the United Methodist Church, we and other United Methodist Churches support many global ministries such as UMCOR (United Methodist Committee on Relief) and The World Hunger/Poverty Program. Please visit umc.org to learn more about these and our other global ministries.
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Collaborating with Vero Beach-based Haiti Partners and Miami-based Living Hope Haiti we financially support efforts by these two ministries to bring the Gospel and a hope for a better life to the impoverished people of Haiti.
 
 
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Group of women reaching out to the community in song by visiting nursing homes, assisted living and retirement communities.
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Christ by the Sea participates with this yearly community fund raiser. This year the Soup Bowl will be held on Thursday, November 6, 2014. This initiative helps to feed the homeless and hungry in Vero Beach. The soups are contributed by local restaurants and participation helps make a difference in our community.
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Partnering with United Methodist Missionary Wil Bailey, we have established a relationship to assist in the building of a home for single moms, day care, pre-school and dormitories.
cuba sourceThis local Christian organization provides meals, shelter, clothing and counseling to needy families and individuals. Members of our church help in this endeavor by preparing and serving meals and by donating food items and clothing. A team prepares and serves Sunday Dinner the second Sunday of each month. Contact the church office to volunteer. For general information, please visit,www.iamthesource.org
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The Rock of Salvation Methodist Church in Las Parras, Cuba is our sister church. They receive both spiritual and financial support from our congregation. Members of the church make periodic visits to help with projects and deliver much needed worship materials.
Shining light garden
Founded in 2008 in a backyard, this 20-acre garden grows vegetables for the poor and flowers for hospice. All food in the gardens is free for the needy. The summarized mission statement is to make an impact in our community, showing compassion of Christ.
 
Womens refuge of Vero beach
Founded in 1997 for women who are experiencing emotional, mental and spiritual problems through both residential and non-residential counseling programs for the purpose of healing the whole person through Christ.

Youth in Action began 22 years ago when Al Sammartino (now a CBTS member) organized a group of youth that wanted to assist the community. They sought to paint houses, build handicap ramps and perform general services for those in need. Al joined forces with Richard Schlitt, a local painter who also had a volunteer group and 35 youth painted their first house.

Following that first success, Al and Richard contacted other churches to support Youth in Action
by providing funding and volunteers. The program expended to 18 to 21 projects per year involving over 200 teens and 100 adults.
With the addition of this ministry to Serve’s ministries we anticipate our youths’ active involvement.
If you are interested in volunteering with Youth in Action please contact Al (772-231-7712 or alsamm01@gmail.com).

 

Naomi House

Many people erroneously assume that Indian River County has services available for homeless women. Some think that the Women’s Refuge Network of Vero Beach offers these services, but it does not. That is a counselling facility, not an emergency shelter for homeless women. Others think that Safe Space is such a ministry. It is not. It is a refuge for battered women to escape domestic violence with their children. There are many women living on their own who suddenly find themselves without housing for a variety of reasons, including financial problems from large medical bills, loss of housing after care-giving for a family member who passes away, mental health issues, etc.  Many Vero churches recognized this need because such women would suddenly be living unsafely on the streets and come to local churches for help. For shelter, such women would have to be referred to Melbourne to find a facility that would accommodate them. So, the churches recognized the need, banded together and, along with private donations, pooled their resources and purchased Naomi House, a facility which will accommodate up to 16 women.

Christ by the Sea (CBTS) donated our Christmas offering to help purchase this property. The real estate transaction was finalized in February and CBTS offered a team of volunteers who painted the facility, furnished it, moved in the furnishings and outfitted it for occupancy with linens and housewares. It was dedicated on May 22.

At the June 2017 Serve Team Meeting, the team voted to make Naomi House an ongoing ministry. We are grateful that Steve and Kathy Barth have agreed to represent us as liaisons to the advisory board. Please welcome Steve and Kathy to their new roles as ministry leaders.  Naomi House will be managed on a day-to-day basis by Treasure Coast Homeless Services Council and will receive advisory support from the board composed of the participating church representatives.