The goal of serving in our community and region is for us to “be the church in the world.” We accomplish this by connecting people in relationships. Some of the relationships are built through serving teams that help make Ward a welcoming place for guests. Other relationships are made by people who volunteer to serve in the various helping agencies in our community. Still other relationships are formed through projects and partnerships with other churches. Everyone needs a place to serve, to use their giftedness for God’s glory. Our vision is to help people find that place.
An easy way to serve in the city is through Simple Serve. During the summer, we head down on the 3rd Saturday of each month (May through August) to get a taste of what’s God’s doing in the city of Detroit. When upcoming events are available, they will be posted to the bottom of this page.
Ward supports many helping agencies in our community and in Detroit. We support them through regular financial support, volunteers, and through special projects. Learn more about our partners and how you can get involved. If you are interested in volunteering with any of our local partners, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ward is grateful to partner with Forgotten Harvest that delivers 138,000 pounds of surplus food per day, to local charities six days a week, providing families in need with fresh and nutritious food free of charge. Our Forgotten Harvest team of volunteers meets every Monday morning at 9am to distribute food to the community. We average about 150 families every week. In 2021, we received 500,735 pounds of food valued at $896,316. This institution is an equal opportunity provider.
If you are in need of food, or know someone who is, you can pick up a box no questions asked. All families in need or those who would like to pick up food to deliver to those they know are welcomed to do so every Monday, from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. (or until the food runs out) at Entry 2.
We are also looking for people like you to help us serve these families in need. Each Monday, we are looking for a team that will help sort, pack, and serve families as they come through to pick up their food. Bring your friends or small group, and join us in the Ward parking lot!
The event currently happens every Monday (except holidays). Volunteers will need to arrive at 9:00 a.m. outside of Entry 2. Food distribution is from 9-10 a.m. (or until the food runs out).
*In accordance with federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex (including gender identity and sexual orientation), disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity.
CARES provides services to individuals and families in Farmington Hills and the seven other surrounding communities in Oakland and Wayne Counties. CARES operates a family pantry with food choices available to food insecure guests. Also on their Campus of Hope is a small community grocery store open to all, resource for AA, NA, WIC, suicide prevention, and other 12-step support group meetings.
Ward Church partners with CARES on the first Tuesday of every month. See the Events section at the bottom of this page for more information.
For more than 40 years, the AAA Pregnancy Resource Center has offered free and confidential services.
Pregnancy testing (lab-grade test results in 3 minutes)
Limited obstetrical ultrasounds (up to 16 weeks pregnant)
Options information for women
Options information for men
Medically accurate information from professional nurses
Sexually transmitted infections (STI) information
Medical and community referrals
Material assistance program
Visit https://friendsofaaaprc.com/ to learn more.
Central Detroit Christian is Ward Church’s Open Doors Detroit partner, where we’ve invested over $1 million to:
Build a Preschool
Buy every Home in the CDC community and Rehab
Develop Community Gardens
Plant a Church
The Central Detroit Christian Community Development Corporation (CDC) is a non-profit, faith-based organization committed to empowering people and creating positive opportunities for the central Detroit community. Our mission is that through education, economic development, and employment. Central Detroit Christian CDC strives to transform individuals to reach their highest potential while transforming the community to be a place of Shalom.
New Hope Center for Grief Support was founded in January 2000 by Cathy Clough, Betty and John Baird. Widowed at a young age, Cathy’s own grief journey and her 14 years as Director of Grief Services in the hospice industry formed the caring approach New Hope utilizes. Our workshops are open to people experiencing the loss of any loved one due to death including spouse, child, parent, sibling, friend or any other loved one. We also offer ongoing groups for young widows and widowers, middle aged widows and widowers and one for widows and widowers in their retirement years as well as an ongoing group for parents who have lost a child. Kids between the ages of 3 and 18 are eligible to attend activities and groups designed especially for them through our New Hope for Kidz and Teens Program.
Volunteers are the backbone of our organization. We couldn’t offer all of the many programs we are able to provide to the community without the help of volunteers. Volunteers do a variety of things. Some volunteers have direct contact with people by providing group facilitating or one-on-one peer support. Other volunteers work in a more indirect capacity such as assisting in the office or fundraising. Most of our volunteers are people who have “been there” and now choose to give back by reaching out to others.
Northville Civic Concern is an all-volunteer organization founded in 1983 by a group of concerned citizens to benefit the needy of our community. Our primary purpose is to provide food to those in need. Food is distributed on the second and fourth Friday of each month.
We are a licensed, not-for-profit organization offering temporary services to those who qualify and live in Northville or Northville Township school districts.
Good News Gang is committed to providing hope and building futures for children living in adverse conditions. Whether faced with the physical effects of poverty or the dangers of gangs, violence, abuse and hopelessness, we want to see children’s lives placed on a new path through the life-changing love of Christ. By meeting children where they are, personally investing in their lives and presenting the Gospel in a fun, accessible way, we believe we can build foundations that lead to hope, a future and better lives for precious children.
We accomplish this in several ways:
• Helping children encounter the hope and love of Christ through our weekly Saturday program, summer camps and personal mentorship.
• Investing personally in the lives of the children we serve through consistent one-on-one relationships, weekly home visits and child sponsorship.
• Meeting physical needs that hinder personal and spiritual growth, such as school supplies, coats and food.
Our mission project has resulted in the establishment and operation of a facility that works toward meeting the needs of our neighbors who find themselves in a state of need.
Help’s on the Way, and those who have supported this ministry have assisted thousands of individuals with food and/or clothing.
With God’s grace, Godly inspired leadership, and the assistance of volunteers, we will provide food and clothing for those friends and neighbors who are in a state of need.
Gateway 328 is a ministry of Ward Church that connects people to resources and organizations that stand at the forefront of the fight against human trafficking in the Metro Detroit area and around the world. There are many “gateways” into human trafficking that a vulnerable person might encounter. But, the love of God is the door through which Gateway 328 hopes to lead those caught in the web of human trafficking and exploitation. Their guiding verse is Galatians 3:28: “There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.” Visit their page to learn more about serving opportunities and to get more information about Gateway 328’s partners: All Worthy of Love and Not Abandoned.
The Lighthouse is a mission house in Dearborn.
The house was donated to Ward Church to be used to host missionaries, interns for our mission sending program TAG (Teaching Apprentices to Go), as well as housing special need situations.
There’s always need to help with clean up, minor projects, lawn care, etc.
Is your group ready for something totally different? Take initiative and find a way to make impact. Pray that God opens a door for you to respond in love and grace toward your neighbor or your community. Then, step out and serve those around you. Get creative. Be bold. Love others.
We’d like to help you get started with 25 Simple Ways to Be Missional in your Neighborhood.
Traditional: 9 a.m. + 2 p.m.
Contemporary: 10:30 a.m.
+ 4 p.m.
40000 Six Mile Rd
Northville, MI 48168
Traditional: 9 a.m.
Contemporary: 10:30 a.m.
27996 Halsted Rd
Farmington Hills, MI 48331
Contemporary: 10:30 a.m.