Our Outreach

Operation Food Basket (OFB)

Operation Food Basket

Operation Food Basket is operated by an independent board of representatives from approximately 18 churches in Bourbon County. Food is distributed Monday, Wednesday and Friday between 10:00 a.m. and 12:00 noon & Thursday evenings 6:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m. to those eligible. The location of the food basket is in the basement of the City Building at 525 High Street in Paris. Food is given on an emergency basis, quarterly, to qualifying residents of Bourbon County. Volunteers from the churches staff the food basket on a regular basis. To make a contribution, either give through your local church or mail your contribution to 317 Winchester St. Questions may be directed to 859-987-3940. Special requests for assistance will be considered. 

 

The Well

The Well is a ministry of the Bourbon County Ministerial Association which is comprised of about 18 churches. The location is in The City Building at 525 High Street Paris, where five volunteers meet on Thursdays from 10 a.m. till 2:00 p.m. to receive those who request assistance with utility bills and rent. Clients are asked to answer a few questions to determine whether they qualify for assistance. A person or household may receive help once a year. The Well also serves to house those who are temporarily homeless in a local motel. Contact can be made through most local churches or Police Dispatch – 859-987-2100. Checks are written by a separate treasurer and reviewed by a Ministerial Association representative. Support of The Well comes from churches, individuals, businesses, F.E.M.A. and several historic trusts. Checks may be dropped off at a members church or mailed to P.O. Box 605, Paris, Kentucky 40361. Due to the Covid-19 virus, The Well meets in the basement of the City Building at the location of Operation Food Basket, at least for the fall of 2020 and winter of 2021.

Clothing Closet

Clothing Room @ First Christian Church
911 High Street Paris KY

The Clothing Closet has operated for over 30 years in the basement of the First Christian Church. People from the church and the community bring clean, usable clothing which we sell for very low prices. Cathy Caldwell, Ginger Wagoner, Sally Puckett, Jane Leer, Kathi Vance, Linda Herzog, Ruby Smart and others have helped and continue to help size the clothing and display it for sale. The Clothing Closet is open on Thursdays from 8:30 a.m. till 10:30 a.m. and every third Saturday 9:00 a.m. till 11:00 a.m. Income from the sale of the clothing goes to other outreach ministries through the Disciple Women. Due to the COVID-19 virus, the Clothing Closet is closed at the present time and we are not currently receiving donations of gently used clothing.

 

 

My Little Library’s

In 2018, Vacation Bible School (VBS) designed 4 library houses for our community. These houses our called “My Little Library’s” and are stocked weekly with an array of books & magazines for a variety of ages. The 4 locations are: Rucker Village Apts. (corner of Kelly Street & 2nd Street), Claysville Park (corner of Vine Street & 14th Street), Senior Center (Legion Dr.) and First Christian Church (High Street). We invite you to visit these libraries and you may take a book and keep it, take a book and bring it back, stock the libraries with books you would like to give to others. We encourage you to check the “My Little Library’s” weekly to see if there is a book for you to read! We have 6 volunteers who keep these Library’s stocked; Linda Ramage, Bonnie Sousley, Ginger Wagoner, Barbara Underwood, Catherine Wells and Andrea Underwood. If you would like to make a large book donation you can call the church at 859-987-3940 to schedule a drop off. 

Serving the Community/World

FCC has a rich heritage of serving the world through the years. Here are examples of what we have done together:

Refugee resettlement, meals for the community, picnic tables for the community, devotions at the Senior Center and Bourbon Heights, musical presentations at Bourbon Heights, Christmas outreach, gazebo for community gatherings, benches on the property, use of the church by community groups, use of the church for large funerals in the community, outside groups: blood mobile, Alcoholic Anonymous meetings, Central Kentucky Retired Teachers luncheons, Recipe for Reading with the BC Extension Office, hosted Girl Scout meetings, Bourbon Heights Board, YMCA children play in yard, YMCA garden in church yard, YMCA parking for swim meets, Habitat for Humanity, offer support, counsel and friendship to man on death row, mission trips to Honduras, Tennessee, southeastern Kentucky, Heifer Project International with youth, Washington Seminar for youth, youth working at Operation Food Basket, lunch to BC road crews, meals for first responders, Shop with a Cop, support for Cane Ridge Shrine, support for Camp WaKonDaHo, lunch for city workers, support for PAWS animal shelter, support for Relay for Life, daily food distribution to housing projects and Millersburg, communion on Sunday at Bourbon Heights, for years, assisted with utility bills and rent before The Well, home repair, housing transient and homeless (Police dispatch calls us 24/7 when housing is needed)

 

 

 

 

  • VBS picnic table at the senior center
    VBS picnic table at the senior center
    Our VBS painted and built picnic tables and delivered 3 into the community.
  • FCC youth at OFB
    FCC youth at OFB
  • The Disciple Knitters  _ Donate scarves & hats
    The Disciple Knitters _ Donate scarves & hats
    The Knitters donate scarves and hats to different places around the state of KY
  • VBS outreach ~ Picnic Tables
    VBS outreach ~ Picnic Tables
    Our VBS painted and built picnic tables and delivered 3 into the community.
  • VBS Birdbaths
    VBS Birdbaths
    FCC place 4 birdbaths in the community, that our VBS made.
  • Youth helping OFB
    Youth helping OFB
  • VBS Picnic Tables at the Dog park
    VBS Picnic Tables at the Dog park
    Our VBS painted and built picnic tables and delivered 4 into the community.
  • Clothing Room/Closet
    Clothing Room/Closet
  • Stocking The Library's
    Stocking The Library's
  • Youth Helping OFB
    Youth Helping OFB
  • Youth Helping OFB
    Youth Helping OFB
  • Youth Helping OFB
    Youth Helping OFB
    Mask up FCC youth!
  • My Little Library's
    My Little Library's
    The "My Little Library's" made By FCC ~ VBS and placed in the community.