Local Ministries

Code Purple

Calvary participates with 8 other Newark Churches to provide emergency shelter for the homeless in Newark. When the temperature drops below 20° or other severe weather conditions, Friendship House declares Code Purple Conditions. Each church responds on a rotating basis to open up and provide overnight shelter. Each church provides the staffing. Our guests are provided a hot supper, a warm safe place to sleep, and a simple breakfast.

Christmas for the Homeless and Needy

Mary and Joseph were homeless in Bethlehem. At Calvary we believe that no one should be homeless on Christmas. We open our doors for anyone in need of a meal and a warm safe place to stay overnight Christmas Eve. Our guests are provided Christmas Eve dinner, breakfast and lunch on Christmas day, and gifts provided by the greater Newark Community, which also helps staff this wonderful event. One can only experience the true joy of Christmas by reaching out to those in need.

Habitat for Humanity

Third Saturday of each month; 8:00 am–3:00 pm

Over the years, Calvary has supported Habitat for Humanity of New Castle County www.habitatncc.org in a number of ways. We have individual members who donated their time and skills to work on Habitat’s build sites. Other members of the congregation contributed to Habitat with a monthly pledge. Calvary participates in the Unity Build by sending volunteers to building sites the third Saturday of each month.

Hope Dining Room

Third Thursday of each month; 9:00 to cook, 11:00 to serve and clean up Kingswood United Methodist Church (300 Marrows Road, Newark)

Through Hope Dining Room, Calvary partners with other churches and community organizations in Newark to provide a hot lunch for those in need. Typically, the Dining Room serves between 70 -100 folks each day, five days a week. Our church has been involved with this program since 2007, and currently we cook a real comfort food meatloaf dinner or a chicken alfredo with pasta on the 3rd Thursday. Five or six of us get together at 9am to start cooking and about 11am 6-8 more  join us to help serve and clean-up. No other agency in the area fills this need, so the work is both beneficial and fulfilling. We have a great time together and no experience is required…so come on and join us ….to serve.

Local Fix Up or Build Projects

Members of the congregation regularly come together to do home repairs or build new items to improve the quality of life for people in our community. Recent projects include construction of a wheelchair ramp for a homebound man named Bill. Materials for the project were purchased with funds raised through a church yard sale. If you know of someone in special need or if you have the ability to participate in a build or fix up project, please contact us.

Newark Empowerment Center

First Monday and Wednesday of each month; 1:00–4:00 pm

Newark United Methodist Church (69 East Main Street, Newark)
Calvary Baptist was instrumental in laying the groundwork for the Newark Empowerment Center, a coalition of Newark churches that works with the needy of our community. The Empowerment Center is open five days a week and provides a hand up not a hand out. Calvary provides volunteers to help staff  the Center two days per month, supplies snacks and other items for distribution to clients, and supports the center financially through our Good Samaritan fund.  Further information about the Newark Empowerment Center can be found on the Friendship House website.