Reaching Out





Sunday Morning Coffee Ministry

Every Sunday morning, usually beginning one hour prior to the start of worship, we offer a cup of coffee, cocoa or lemonade and a granola bar on the portico at the Meeting House. People from all walks of life enjoy the kindness and genuine Christian hospitality showed by our church members.

Sunday Community Meals

Center Church is strategically located at the heart of the City of Hartford and each Sunday (except the first of the month), volunteers from churches, synagogues and community organizations come together to cook a hot meal for our neighbors in the city who are food insecure. Whether it is raining or snowing, cold or warm, we open our dining hall at the lower level of the Church House and serve as many as 80 dinners each Sunday. If you and your family; your faith community or downtown office staff would like to make a difference by preparing and serving dinner on a Sunday afternoon, please contact our Church Office.

Hands on Hartford

Hands on Hartford (formerly Center City Churches) provides social services to the most vulnerable and needy residents of Hartford. Center Church members assist the MANNA program of Hands on Hartford by making contributions of food, clothing, and money. Center Church members also tutor students at Betances School and, when called to service, join together with other Hands on Hartford partners for larger community-wide days of service.

Walk Against Hunger

The annual Walk Against Hunger benefits the larger region-wide efforts of Foodshare, Inc. Held the first Sunday in May, Center Church’s walkers and their sponsors see their monies go directly to the MANNA program of Hands on Hartford.

Christian Activities Council

CAC’s main goal is to serve and empower the poor, the disenfranchised, the marginalized and persons with special needs while promoting social, economic and racial justice in the Hartford metropolitan area. As a congregation committed to urban ministries as well as to the healing message of the Gospel, Center Church is an active partner in the compassionate work of the Christian Activities Council.

Family Life Education

Committed to invest in education and to provide families with the tools to build stronger communities, Center Church supports the mission and vision of Family Life Education and its work with gang- involved teens, single mothers, substance-using individuals who are coming from poverty and violence-ridden areas in Hartford.

True Colors

True Colors is a non-profit organization that works with other social service agencies, schools, organizations, and within communities to ensure that the needs of sexual and gender minority youth are both recognized and competently met. The organization trains more than 2400 people annually, organizes the largest LGBT youth conference in the country with more than 2000 attendees and manages the state’s only LGBT mentoring program. Center Church shares True Colors commitment to end discrimination against gay teens and to welcome them into the life of a caring and nurturing faith community.