C3CARES is part of our ‘Beyond’ (Missions) Ministry at C3 Church City, reaching out beyond the walls of our church into the local community with the love of God. We help people in need, crisis or isolation, and through the generosity of our C3 City members, we’re able to bring a message of hope through practical support.
Our service includes:
Weekly Community Lunch
Every Thursday, many of our city’s homeless and marginalised meet at C3 City for a free nutritious lunch. In an atmosphere of grace and acceptance, our guests have a place where they can belong and connect with others. C3CARES Team members share the gospel through love in action, coming alongside our guests to offer prayer and assistance, and various speakers share a short message of hope. New clothing and haircuts are made available at various times at no cost.
“This food is better than anywhere else around here - it's real and fresh and comes with a smile. I came here for food but I didn't expect anyone to pray for me. That's really nice. Thanks.”
(one of our homeless guests)
Emergency Relief & Referrals
We support families and individuals in crisis with emergency relief food hampers and, where possible, refer those needing help to relevant agencies/services.
Every Christmas, we welcome those who are homeless, in crisis, or lonely to our C3CARES Community Christmas Lunch. Here they enjoy a gourmet lunch and take part in giveaways and Christmas carols. A relevant message is shared, followed by an opportunity to respond and receive prayer. Every guest receives a generous hamper gift of food & essential items.
Christmas Gifts & Hampers
Thanks to our church’s generous giving, we give hundreds of Christmas gifts and food hampers to those in our local community and beyond who need to feel God’s love in a tangible way, especially at this time of year.
“When one of our clients was presented with the gift pack given by C3 City, she was completely overwhelmed. Tears flowed and she remarked seven or eight times how blessed, relaxed and happy she felt. She said, “If you don’t have love what do you have?” She has experienced a lot of grief, abuse, and instability, but that day she told us she has so much to be grateful for. Thank you everyone at C3 City for extending generosity with such beauty and grace.”
(Women’s Space case worker)
“Thank you. You have no idea how much your food hamper helped our family…really.”
(local family in need)
Sydney Homeless Connect
Our C3CARES Team takes part in the annual Sydney Homeless Connect Day at Sydney Town Hall, where hundreds of community service providers donate their time to connect with and assist our city’s homeless community. To find out more go to: http://www.sydneyhomelessconnect.com
For more information or to volunteer email: firstname.lastname@example.org
“The Lord upholds the cause of the oppressed and gives food to the hungry.
He sets prisoners free, gives sight to the blind and lifts up those who are
bowed down…The Lord watches over the foreigner and sustains
the fatherless and the widow” (Psalm 146:7-9)