The Local Outreach Ministry of The Moody Church seeks to equip our congregation to reach out to our surrounding communities in different means and at various levels. We work to reach the lost ones of the world alongside our partner organizations and through our own ministries, including Angel Tree, the Psalm 9:9 Homeless Ministry, Good News Jail Ministry, our Moody Business Network Luncheons, and our Chicago Marathon Cheering Section.
Leadership: Pastor Larry McCarthy, Jr.
Opportunities To Get Involved
Angel Tree, a ministry of Prison Fellowship, provides Christmas presents to the children of prison inmates on behalf of the incarcerated parent and in the name of Christ. Gifts are collected and then distributed to the children at a dinner and Christmas party at The Moody Church in December. Volunteers are needed beginning in October to call families, organize gifts, help host the party, and aid in parking and registration duties.
The Psalm 9:9 Homeless Ministry ministry reaches out to the homeless in Chicago by providing food and clothing to anyone in need. Volunteers serve every fourth Saturday at the Thompson Center (Clark and Randolph) distributing food, toiletries, clothing, and Bibles to as many as 150 homeless.
This ministry provides resources intended to bring the love of Jesus to our Muslim friends. Each Sunday before and after the service, our kiosk in Memorial Hall is equipped with knowledgeable volunteers and materials like books, DVDs, and Bibles. Classes are also offered on various topics to educate believers.
Freedom Sisters Ministry
Each Saturday women from our church hold Bible studies in the women’s section of Cook County Jail. If you are interested in being a part of this ministry, please contact Mary Lowman. Also consider being a prayer partner and receiving prayer requests from the inmates each week!
Info: Mary at firstname.lastname@example.org
Men’s Prison Ministry
Help lead Bible studies and discipleship sessions, visit different facilities, and participate in Behind the Walls evangelistic events. This team works with a number of correctional facilities including the Cook County Jail, Cook County Juvenile Detention Center, and the Stateville Correctional Center.
Info: Andre at email@example.com or 773.727.9672
Ministry to Cook County Jail/Courthouse Officers and Civilian Staff
Men and women are needed to act as chaplains to the 5,800 officers and 1,700 civilian staff serving at the Cook County Jail (27th & California) and county courthouses (Bridgeport, Loop, Markham, Maywood, Rolling Meadows, Skokie). Chaplains work solo, initiating contact with on-duty staff to offer encouragement. Volunteers serve one or more days each week, as many hours as they wish. This is not specifically an evangelistic opportunity, but one which can lead to openings to share the gospel as you show Christ’s love to the staff. Begin the application process by contacting Mary Lowman.
Info: Mary at firstname.lastname@example.org
This annual October event allows The Moody Church to support the 45,000 runners participating in the Chicago Marathon and to reach out to the surrounding community, inviting them to join us for a fun morning full of music, food, and fellowship. Volunteers are needed to help with food preparation, set up, and serving. 7:00–10:00am: Cheering Section Outreach / 10am-11:30am: Morning Service
Are you a Christian in the business world interested in networking with other professionals? Join us bimonthly at the Union League Club downtown for lunch, opportunities to connect with Christians across various fields, and to hear an engaging testimony from a believer glorifying God in business. For more information and to register, click here.
Skyword Ministries is the incorporated organizational name for the Christian Protestant Chapel ministry at the interfaith chapels of O’Hare and Midway airports. It is the only authorized and approved Protestant ministry at both airports. Our team is made up of volunteers that include people from many backgrounds and vocations including seminary professors, pastors, military chaplains, business professionals, and ministry leaders. Our mission is to impact Chicago airline and airport personnel and passengers with the transforming message of the Gospel. Learn more here.
Our tract rack in Memorial Hall is filled each week with a wide variety of evangelistic literature free of charge. Anyone is welcome to take tracts to assist their personal witnessing endeavors as ministers of the gospel!
Sunday September 29, 3:00pm in Room 103
Join Moody Church missionary Roy Schwarz as we celebrate this biblical holiday that brings Jewish and Christian communities together. Everyone is welcome, and we invite you to bring a friend!
What is Rosh Hashanah?
Rosh Hashanah is one of four new year holidays designated in the Jewish calendar and the de facto “Jewish New Year.” The first of the two High Holy Days listed in Leviticus (Yom Kippur being the second), Rosh Hashanah is at once a joyous celebration and a time of solemn reflection.
Originally a “memorial of blowing of trumpets,” Rosh Hashanah has by tradition become a “Day of Judgment.” The holiday—and the Ten Days of Awe that fall between it and Yom Kippur (the Day of Atonement)—give us an opportunity to make amends for past wrongs in preparation for the new year.
As believers in Jesus, we have found atonement through Christ’s death on the cross. Nevertheless, we hear the blast of the shofar at Rosh Hashanah as an ongoing call to spiritual vigilance, and it expresses our yearning for the Lord. Not only that, it serves as a reminder of Jesus’ coming return. “For the Lord himself will descend from heaven with a cry of command, with the voice of an archangel, and with the sound of the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first” (1 Thessalonians 4:16).
** adapted from Jews for Jesus’ article on Rosh Hashanah. For more information about this holy day, visit their website.
Wednesday October 9, 7:00pm in Room 108
Join us as we celebrate Yom Kippur with Dr. Mitch Glaser from Chosen People Ministries during our Wednesday Prayer Meeting. We’ll explore what the Day of Atonement means and how this Jewish tradition reflects the story of Christ.
About Yom Kippur
Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement, is the holiest and most somber day of the Jewish year. It concludes the Ten Days of Awe that begin with Rosh Hashanah (the Jewish New Year). Like Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur is a prospective holiday, when we prepare for the year ahead through fasting, penitence, and confession.
God established a Day of Atonement in Leviticus, setting down rules for it in two instances actually (Leviticus 16:29 and 23:27)—an indication of the holiday’s profound importance. Yom Kippur required action from both the high priest and the people—the high priest was to make atonement through sacrifice, and the people for their part were to practice self-denial and refrain from work. Thus, all Israelites had to do their part during this collective Day of Atonement.
For believers in Jesus, the scapegoat is a picture of the Messiah, who was sent “as an atoning sacrifice for our sins” (1 John 4:10). Like the scapegoat, Christ receives our iniquities and transgressions and takes them from us; unlike the scapegoat, His sacrifice is good for all time, rather than needing to be repeated from year to year.
Yom Kippur can be a conundrum to Jewish believers in Yeshua. Many Jewish believers view Yom Kippur as a time for introspection for themselves and intercession for loved ones, knowing all the while that Jesus is the One that makes all of us one with God. Believers who observe Yom Kippur recognize that, although we particularly focus on our need for repentance and forgiveness on this day, we have received ultimate, lasting atonement through Jesus the Messiah, the Son of God.
** adapted from Jews for Jesus’ article on Yom Kippur. For more information about this holy day, visit their website.