Local Ministries and Partners
Caring Threads Ministry
Caring Threads Ministry is a group of women who sew, knit, and crochet to show God’s love to others. They make blankets for Heartbeats to give new moms and for orphans in orphanages located in Africa.
With a mission to protect and cherish life, Heartbeats provides a variety of services. Volunteers are needed throughout the year to assist with fundraising drives, product drives, and the on--site boutique as well as partnering in prayer. Are you ready to powerfully impact your community?
His Hope Food Pantry
Our Spring Hills His Hope Food Pantry assists with food, clothing, medical expenses and emergency assistance with utilities. Grab a "His Hope" bag and return it filled with the groceries listed on the shopping list! Financial donations are also accepted. Did you know that His Hope also provides transportation to and from services through our Van Ministry? Additionally, our passengers are given a bag of groceries monthly.
Hope Center @ Vertical 196
Dates: EACH WEDNESDAY
Location: Vertical 196 – 196 S. Fifth street, Newark 43055
Coordinator: Mrs. Mandy Lane, Volunteer Coordinator
Vertical 196 is a program of Licking County Jail Ministries with a primary existence to bring Jesus to those who are struggling with homelessness, addiction and former incarceration. It consists of a daytime drop in center and evening programming. We operate Monday - Friday, 10:00am - 2:00pm. Our volunteers are asked to serve in either of two daily shifts: 9:30am - 12:00pm or 11:30am - 2:30pm. The earlier shift is primarily responsible for preparing the lunch meal, and the latter is primarily responsible for washing dishes as well as end-of-day clean up.
Our daily services include:
- Lunch served from 11:30-12:30pm
- Showers (Monday, Wednesday & Friday)
- Clothing/coats/shoes (Monday & Wednesday)
- Laundry facilities (Tuesday & Thursday)
- Bible study opportunities
- Church connections
- Hygiene supplies
- Employment training/job placement
- Benefits sign-ups
- Life skills
- Reading space
- Rides to rehab
- Charging station for cellphones
- The sharing of Hope we have through Jesus Christ
Some areas of service you might engage while at Vertical 196 include:
- Shower Monitor
- Clothing/Material Assistance
- Table top Ministry *interacting with guests over coffee, a meal, etc.
Volunteers must be 18 years old and older
Vertical 196 also offers evening programming:
- Monday 6-8pm, Sexual Addiction Recovery for Men
- Tuesday 6-8, Discipleship, Men & Women
- Wednesday 6-8, LCCN, Addiction Recovery *Meal Provided
- Thursday 7-8, Ladies First Bible Study & Fellowship *Women only
- Friday 6-8, All is Well Fellowship & encouragement *Meal provided
Licking County Jail Ministry
Chaplain Scott Hayes
P.O. Box 535, Newark, OH 43055-0535
This ministry assists both inmates and their families with spiritual counseling, crisis intervention and release assistance. Volunteers also assist with in-house mentoring, bible studies and worship services.
Look Up Center
With a mission to meet the physical, emotional and spiritual needs of our community, the center relies on volunteers to staff the BLAST after school program, community dinners, dental clinic and the opportunity store. Additionally, the center sponsors seasonal events such as providing backpacks and school supplies in the fall as well coats and warm outerwear in the winter.
If you have questions about any of our community projects, contact Gary Kirkpatrick at or at 740-587-1200.