Missions at Autumn Ridge Church


Curious what sort of opportunities are before us right in Rochester? Want something to help remind you and guide you in praying for our supported missionaries? Check out the Missions Resources.

Outside the Walls

Local Outreach

ACTS (A Call To Action)

Acts4Kids-300x107ACTS 4 Kids: is a program of Olmsted Outreach to our local school partners to provide for the physical, academic, and spiritual needs of children.

Food 4 Friends: provides backpacks of supplemental food for children who are likely missing meals over the weekend. Click here for a link to an MPR story about this program. Contact: vanpeursem.mary@autumnridgechurch.org.

Shop 4 Kids: provides a network of volunteers to shop for the physical needs of children as identified by their teachers. Contact: vanpeursem.mary@autumnridgechurch.org.

Other Local Outreach

CommunityFoodResponseCommunity Food Responsehttp://communityfoodresponse.org/ is a volunteer-led nonprofit providing free meals to hungry people. Autumn Ridge teams work on the 3rd Wednesday of the month from 1:30pm-3:30 pm (sorting/packaging food) and/or 4:45pm-6:30pm (food distribution) at Bethel Lutheran Church at 810- 3rd Street SE.

For more information and to serve, please contact Mariann Gray at mwgray7910@charter.net.

InHisNameLogoIN HIS NAME Food Distribution: In His Name is a cooperative effort of Rochester-area churches providing high-quality surplus food to those in need. Each month local churches from the Rochester area cooperate to supply the funding, pack the food, and distribute it to those in need. For more information, visit www.teamrochester.org/ihn.html or to volunteer, contact Stacy Davis at Sdavis569@hotmail.com.

TNC_LogoNext Chapter Ministries: began when a volunteer started leading Bible studies in the Olmsted County Jail. From that beginning point, Next Chapter Ministries has now grown to include three residential aftercare homes, ministries to families of prisoners, programs for at-risk youth, and a neighborhood outreach for children. Next Chapter Ministries has a variety of volunteer opportunities available in the areas of Men’s Ministry, Women’s Ministry, Youth Ministry, and Children’s Ministry. For more information, visit www.NextChapterRochester.org or contact Melinda Fischer at office@NextChapterRochester.org.

SafeFamiliesLogo-webSafe Families for Children: Safe Families for Children is a national faith-based organization connecting families experiencing stress or a crisis with stable, loving families in the community who partner with them as they seek stability in their lives. Often this involves providing a safe place for children to stay until their caregiver can resume that responsibility. Safe Families for Children partners with churches to create a support system for families in need and equips Christians to live out Biblical hospitality and compassion as they love their neighbors as themselves.

There are many ways to volunteer with Safe Families. Host Families are our most critical resource, but we also need Family Friends who offer friendship to the families we serve. Family Coaches are needed to oversee individual hosting situations and offer guidance and encouragement. Resource Friends able to offer practical help or professional services to both our host families and our placing families are also essential and coordinated through our office.

To learn more about helping with implementation, volunteering, or financially supporting Safe Families for Children:

  • Contact Joy McAfee, Director of Southern MN Network at joy@safefamiliesmn.org or 507-222-9325
  • Also check out the national Safe Families website: http://safe-families.org, the Minnesota website: http://safefamiliesmn.org, or Like us on Facebook: “Safe Families for Children Southern MN”

SalArmySalvation Army:

Weekday lunch meals: We have over 100 people eating at our weekday lunch meals at Salvation Army. We need servers and cleaners from 11:15 – 12:30 Monday through Friday. Come join us to feed our friends in Rochester.

Monday Meals: Local volunteers prepare and host a community dinner every Monday night. You can serve from 5:30 – 7 pm at 20 First Avenue NE. For more information on these programs and to volunteer, contact Salvation Army Social Services at (507) 288-3663 Ext 116, email Dave_Ferber@usc.salvationarmy.org, or visit the website at www.RochesterSAMeals.org

Global Missions

Global Missions – Our Global Missions Initiatives

Education and Events: There are many world issues that Christians should be aware of that affect millions around the world. Some of these issues are social justice issues or perhaps global health crises. Autumn Ridge Church actively engages in educating the congregation in the areas of: Human Trafficking, Church Persecution and Clean Water.

Annual Missions Festival: Every year, we set aside two weekends of the year to focus on our missions efforts throughout the world. We may have a special speaker come to share with us or a few or our supported missionaries. Each year centers on a specific theme. We seek to engage every ministry of the church in the Missions Festival while communicating, educating, celebrating and challenging our congregation.

International Care: Autumn Ridge Church is pleased to be a Charity Care partner with Mayo Clinic. This allows us to identify patients from around the world that need life saving treatment or surgery that is not available in their home country. We are able to partner with other organizations such as Samaritan’s Purse to provide the care necessary to heal a person physically. Our prayer is that if they do not know the Love of God, that they would be healed spiritually as well.

Mission Teams: The Autumn Ridge Church Short Term Missions program seeks to partner with our supported missionary families and organizations already hard at work within worldwide local communities. We pray our teams help facilitate the work the work that has already been started by these faithful servants. Teams are structured around relief, rehabilitation or development. Short Term teams travel to Kenya, Kosova, Costa Rica, Bolivia and other places.

Missionary Care: Autumn Ridge Church is honored to support 32 missionary families or individuals. Studies have shown us that the key to missionary success and longevity is continued prayer and encouragement from home churches. We seek to have create meaningful communication and relationships between our missionaries and congregation by adopting our missionaries to congregational families or small groups.

Student Missions: Student Missions strives to introduce youth in middle school and high school to God’s Global Church by actively engaging in service locally and around the world. There are three types of trips: a Rochester trip that serves local organization; a domestic trip that serves somewhere around the country; and an international trip. Each one of these trips works with organizations that Autumn Ridge Church has committed to partnering with.

Compassion Evangelical Hospital: In 1991, Autumn Ridge Church (then First Baptist) formally adopted the Maninka people group in Guinea, West Africa. We committed to praying for the Maninka and supporting the missionary work being done there. In 2007, we had the opportunity to partner with a new missions hospital being built at a crossroads in Guinea where the Maninka would travel. Over that past 5 years, we have actively engaged in partnership with the Compassion Evangelical Hospital through prayer, financial, medical and educational resources. Compassion Evangelical Hospital – [LINK: http://www.cehguinea.org/index.shtml]

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Upcoming Events

Upcoming Events

15 May, 17