Compassion is a value at Oak Hills. We delight in the opportunity to serve and give to others in need, showing love and dignity to people. Because compassion is a value, we talk about it and teach it throughout our congregation – we hope every person is looking for ways to show compassion in their day to day life. Because compassion is a priority, we seek to develop ministries that will regularly reach out in love, showing compassion, building up people, and meeting a need.
A ministry that God has developed within our congregation is called Cherub’s Closet. This ministry reaches out to new moms to provide new or gently used baby clothing and supplies. This “Baby-Shower-In-A-Box” concept was developed to meet a need for young mothers to help make ends meet as they begin life with a new baby. Most of our boxes are delivered through area hospitals.
A NICU nurse from one of the area hospitals told us she watched as one of our boxes was being opened by a young family. They pulled out one article after another from the box expressing amazement that there was so much in the box. They were very grateful for what was provided. In addition to the necessities - clothing, diapers and wipes - we include a devotion booklet.
We are now expanding our ministry this fall to include a monthly distribution from Oak Hills on the 3rd Saturday of the month at 1:30pm. This will mean a greater need for the things we give away, most notably--diapers.
These are the things we could use at this time:
- • diapers and wipes • towels and washcloths
- • used clothing, bibs, coats • boxes (the size that contains reams of paper)
- • baby blankets, receiving blankets • people to help with distribution
If you are interested in becoming involved in this ministry, or you know of someone that this ministry would benefit, please email us.
Here's a testimonial from one of the Sioux Falls families we've helped...