A monthly initiative in which members sign up for one or more 30 minute
time slots to pray starting at 7PM the fourth Friday of the month and ending
at 7pm on Saturday. Prayer requests are collected the third Sunday of the
month and distributed to everyone who has signed up to pray. This initiative
recognizes the power of collective prayer to a heavenly Father who loves us
and hears our prayers of praise and petition. It has turned out to be a
powerful process for building and sustaining a heart of caring in the
congregation, as we experience together the fullness of life in Christ.
If you want to request prayers from this ministry, you can add them to the
Prayer Hub on our website
This ministry focuses on the execution of the Sunday
assemblies and adult bible classes. Ensures preachers,
teachers, and servers are assigned and available for each
assembly. Also periodically examines if changes to the
assemblies will benefit the congregation’s learning and
participation. The overall goal is to ensure the spiritual growth and edification of the
congregation while holding fast to biblical principles.
FriendSpeak is a ministry that reaches out to our non-English speaking
neighbors. Can you speak English? Then you are fully qualified for this
ministry. It is a program that offers Free English Practice Sessions while
using the Bible as our text. It is an awesome experience to build a
relationship with others while they are learning to speak English and
then watch the light come on as they come to understand the love God
has for them. Come join us in this ministry and start making an impact
This unique ministry provides specially designed pillows and shirts with internal
pockets for ladies who have had surgery for breast cancer. The congregation has
monthly “sew-ins”, typically on a Saturday morning, to prepare the shirts and pillows
and box them up for delivery. This program is under the general direction of Dawn
Compton of Bellville, Texas. The Hempstead Church of Christ provides its fellowship
hall as a site for workers to meet to provide sewing, ironing, stuffing and packing services
that typically provides over 100 blessing boxes ready for mailing. Participants, in addition
to members of the Hempstead Church of Christ, in these “sew-ins” come from other
congregations and other nearby communities. This ministry provides a service in which
we experience together the fullness of life in Christ through this very special opportunity
to bless the lives of others as we honor our Lord, living a life of love.
The male members of the congregation meet the
second Saturday morning each month at 8AM for
breakfast, Bible study discussion and prayer.
The responsibility to prepare the breakfast is
rotated through 2 men teams. The responsibility for leading the Bible study
discussion also rotates among the men who participate in the monthly breakfast.
At times we meet in one of the member’s homes and at other times we meet in
the fellowship hall. These monthly get-togethers are times of service, camaraderie,
fellowship and spiritual development. They facilitate opportunities to experience
together the fullness of life in Christ.
The teen Ministry is so much more than just a group
of teens that get pulled along to Church by their
parents on Sunday morning. Our teen group is all
about serving the Church, the Community, and
most importantly God. While the young men serve on
the table, lead opening and closing prayers, and songs the young ladies run the
AV booth and provide care for the younger children during service. Our teen group has
even started to plan and host events for the congregation. We have started a life group
specifically for the teens where we discuss how they can apply scripture to their daily
lives. Our goal is to prepare them for what the world may throw their way and how
they can use scripture to handle those obstacles. We want them to build a relationship
with God that is their own and not their parents or grandparents.
We currently have four life groups which meet twice a month during the
months of September through May to study the Bible, pray with one another, build
friendships, and practice hospitality. It is an intentional, face-to-face gathering with
the common purpose of growing in Christ, encouraging one another, and building
relationships within the body of Christ. These groups provide opportunities for the
authentic expression of our faith. No one is called to stand-alone, rather we walk with
Christ and share the journey. Our life groups support us individually and collectively
as we experience life in a way that has been transformed through a living and
growing faith in Christ.
Childrens ministry is where we remember that the children are a part of
our current church population, not just the future. We walk alongside parents
to help them with resources to better equip them for raising children who know
and love the Lord. We work with all other ministries to keep a focus on children who
are in our building and community, and in that regard, we work closely with Family
ministry and worship.
Our Women’s Ministry working in partnership with our
Hospitality Ministry provides opportunities for all ladies
to come together to study and worship our Lord. We do
this through both study of the word and through service
work for our congregation. Our women’s ministry hosts a variety of activities that we
welcome everyone to attend, from our monthly ladies brunch to our annual ladies day.
In these activities, we will gather in prayer and fellowship to lift and encourage young
and old to grow closer to our Lord for strength and wisdom.
We also aim to serve our congregation by providing meals, hospitality
visits and companionship to our friends and families during a time of need. Not to
mention our ladies provide a wonderful luncheon on the 2nd Sunday of each
month to welcome all visitors and provide an opportunity for them
to get to know our congregation on a more personal level.
This ministry’s focus in on maintaining the congregation’s assembly and parsonage
facilities to a standard that honors those who sacrificially provided the resources that
made the facilities available. This includes maintaining proper functioning of HVAC,
lighting and plumbing systems. It also includes keeping the facilities clean, inside and
outside. The maintenance of the landscaping is included in the services provided by
this ministry. It is our intent to always have a physical meeting place that supports the
presentation of the fullness of life in Christ to members and visitors alike.
Our focus is on sharing the good news with people who do not yet know Jesus
so that they can also experience the fullness of life in Christ. We have both an
international focus and a local focus. Our current international focus includes partnering
with EEM (Eastern European Missions), World Bible School, India Missions and LST
Connect. Our local focus includes FriendSpeak, individual Bible studies in both English
and Spanish, a ministry to inmates (see Jail Ministry above) as well as periodic outreach
initiatives such as Trunk or Treat, appreciation baskets to local first responders and
participation in local parades. In response to the increasing population growth in our
community we send a postcard to each new postal address within an approximate
eight (8) mile radius of our meeting place welcoming the recipient to our community
and inviting them to visit our services. The initial post card is followed by another card
4 weeks later. Our focus, as our core mission, is making disciples, to become disciples.
We encourage generosity in giving our time, energy and financial resources in support
of both international and local missions.
As we experience together the fullness of life in Christ, we seek to help
others when they face financial challenges that they lack the resources to meet. The primary
focus is on members of our congregation; but, if we have the resources available we also help
folks in our community who are not members. In some cases, the financial help is accompanied
with discussions and reviews of spending habits and the establishment of responsible
The digital ministry of the church is not just a necessity of modern times. We see
the digital world as a huge tool for the spread of the gospel. Through the internet
we can experience the fullness of life in Christ together with people we may never
meet, just like Paul using his letters to reach us two thousand years removed from
him. We maintain the church website, not only as a front door to the church for
visitors, but as a tool for us to practice spiritual disciplines together. The Prayer Hub
on our website lets us join in prayer from wherever we are. We maintain an active
presence on Facebook, with plans to branch onto more platforms soon. We stream
our worship online and keep all the technology in the building running smoothly.