Tuesdays mornings from 9:00 -10:30 A.M.
This weekly breakfast is a time for neighbors to enjoy a meal while building community with one another. Volunteers, from both inside and outside of this neighborhood, are needed. Volunteers are need to prepare and serve breakfast. Volunteers are also utilized during this time to serve neighborhood residents by offering hygiene items.
Monthly Food Distribution
Last Thursday of the month from 4:30 to 5:30 P.M.
While there is a large Food Pantry network in Des Moines, Friendship Center offers a supplemental Food program to neighbors in the immediate area. Volunteers are used to welcome and help individuals shop for needed grocery items.
Community Meal (Saturday Suppers)
Last Saturday of the month from 5:00 to 6:00pm
Church’s, small groups or other volunteers cook and serve this meal for the community. Saturday Suppers offer opportunity to share a meal and build relationships with the community. A brief devotional is always shared during the meal.
English has a Second Language Class
Many in our community do not speak English as their primary language. These classes are designed to offer opportunity for students to gain English fluency in the hopes that better English skills will bring job security, enhance family systems and impact personal growth. Classes are taught and childcare is provided by trained Friendship Center volunteers.
After-School Kids Club
Tuesdays from 3:30pm-4:45pm and Wednesdays from 2:00pm-3:15pm.
Nutritious snacks, bible study and homework assistance is provided every Tuesday and Wednesday during the school year. Volunteers assist in all aspects of this ministry from leading age appropriate Bible Studies, playing games and offering homework help. This ministry has been tremendously important in building a spiritual foundation for the students with an understanding that God loves them and has purpose for them.
Dinner is provided on Tuesdays.
Wednesdays from 2:45-3:45pm
Starting in January 1, 2018, the Friendship Baptist Center will be providing quarterly speciality classes offered to the community from various volunteers throughout Central Iowa. Classes being considered now are Ballet, Art painting, Baking Class, Taekwondo, Trades, and etc. If you have a passion and would be willing to teach a class for no more than 3 months at a time, please contact Joe at email@example.com.
Disciples’ Youth Group
Mondays from 3:00-5:00. Youth – 7th – 12th Grade(Moving to Friday’s, starting January 1st).
Middle and High school youth share a meal and bible study during this After-School program. This ministry has been vital in developing a desire in youth to serve God by serving effectively in their community.
Community Bible Studies
If your church would like to start a bible study here at the Center at no charge, please contact Joe at firstname.lastname@example.org
Life Skill Classes
Various Life Skill Classes are offered through the Center. Topics such as budgeting, parenting, self defense and job readiness classes have been offered in the past. Volunteers are relied upon to share their knowledge and expertise with these classes.
Children and youth, who participate in After-School Kids Club, are invited to a year end Christmas party. Gifts are provided by local volunteers and church groups.
Additionally, families of Kids Club participants are invited to a Christmas Brunch. Children and youth are able to give their family members gifts that are provided by churches and individuals.