The Bible challenges us to see beyond our needs to the needs of others. The Ministry of Morning Star takes this challenge seriously – offering a wealth of ministry opportunities for persons who may not meet inside the walls of Morning Star, but desperately need the love and care of God and His people. We want to stand faithful in response to the word – “For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me” Matthew 25:35-36.
The ministries include:
Prison Ministry shares the love of Jesus Christ with persons who are incarcerated and their family members. The Ministry is also available to assist ex-offenders in their return to society outside of the jail and prison walls. The Ministry currently hosts services, Bible Studies and Discipleship programs at six different institutions.
- Baltimore City Correctional Center (BCCC), 2nd, 3rd, and 5th Sundays
- Baltimore County Detention Center (BCDC), Every Sunday Evening
- Maryland Correctional Institution-Jessup (MCIJ), 1st Sunday
- Jessup Correctional Institution (JCI), 2nd Sunday
- Howard County Detention Center (HCDC), Mentoring During the week
- Maryland Correction Institution Women (MCIW), Mentoring During the week
Prison Ministry Pen Pal Program
Join the Prison's Ministry as we endeavor to reach out in a greater capacity to minister to the offenders through writing. Your words of encouragement could be just what someone needs to see the hope found in the Lord. Here's the criteria for serving as a pen pal:
- Be at least 21 years old
- Enjoy sharing God's word, goodness and your time
- Be dedicated, committed, and reliable
- Have an email address, and the ability to type a letter
Celebrate Recovery is a program designed to help those struggling with addictions, hurts, habits and hang-ups by showing them the loving power of Jesus Christ through a recovery process. The program promotes a Biblical recovery process with scripture, teachings and Small Group sessions at its foundation. The Ministry currently holds meetings at the Church on Friday nights.
Transportation Ministry provides transportation to Worship Services and Bible Studies for members and guests. Complete route and schedule information can be obtained by completing a Ministry Interest Form.
The Great Commission Ministry - shows the love of Christ and takes His Word primarily to those outside the walls of Morning Star. This Ministry is primarily in nursing homes, but we also serve patients at Spring Grove State Hospital and servicepersons at the USO. This Ministry also serves people in other countries through foreign mission projects and mission trips. The Ministry meets on the first Saturday of each month.
The Bereavement Ministry extends comfort, care and spiritual support for bereaved families throughout their grieving process. The Ministry is built on God's word and ministers under the guidance of the Holy Spirit. Above all, the Ministry encourages those grieving to "cast their burdens on the Lord and He shall sustain them" Psalms 55:22.
Our Health & Wellness Ministry - is committed to the health and well-being of Morning Star members and the community. The ministry hosts activities including various health screenings and blood drives. In addition, the Ministry works continuously through its information campaign in educating persons on an array of health topics.
Shelter Ministry - Shelter Ministry strives to empower persons who are currently living in homeless shelters. The goal is to serve by sowing into their lives in providing a meal as well as other basic needs.
SHARE Food Network provides wholesome and nutritious food to families and individuals at a reduced price. The Ministry also provides volunteer service in our community and builds partnerships with community organizations. This Ministry support is open to anyone who wishes to participate. If you eat, you qualify. In addition to the $21.00 fee, each participant must also perform two hours of volunteer work in their community.
RAAYS of Hope is a AIDS awareness ministry committed to community and congregational education regarding HIV and AIDS (which the ministry emphasizes is 100% preventable.) The Ministry hosts fairs, events (with on-site testing), and celebrated milestones in partnership with the Church and community organizations as an ongoing campaign to provide consistent and relevant information.