The foundational outreach program of the Charlotte Mecklenburg Dream Center takes place in J.T. Williams and Reid Park each Saturday morning from 11:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. as teams of volunteers engage residents and neighbors in relationship, servanthood and fellowship. Programming varies from Saturday to Saturday but focuses on meeting the needs of each community, building trust with children and adults and beginning to introduce the love and hope of Christ.
Centered in the heart of Uptown, our Friday night street ministry allows volunteers the opportunity to prepare and assemble dozens of our world famous Charlotte Mecklenburg Dream Center chili cheese dogs each week and distribute them to our neighbors living on the streets.
Street Ministry takes place in two waves. The first meets at The King’s Bakery at 6:30 p.m. for food assembly and prayer. The second arrives at 7:30 p.m. to begin distributing them. Food preparation volunteers are welcome to stay for distribution, but food prep volunteers are encouraged to reserve their spots using SignUp.com as positions are limited.
The vision of Street Ministry is to meet the physical needs of those afflicted by chronic homeless and build relationships that will allow for freedom, healing and an introduction to the radically transformative love of Christ.
The heart of the King’s Kitchen has always been to provide food, hope and freedom through Christ. The restaurant closes its doors to patrons from 2:00 – 5:00 p.m. each weekday and reopens them to members of the homeless and impoverished community to gather together and engage in a Bible study taught by one of our team pastors from 3:00 – 4:00 p.m.. All our welcome to gather and hear encouragement and teaching from God’s word.
A warm, boxed meal is served to Bible study attendees following the teaching on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.
Each Sunday morning, the Charlotte Mecklenburg Dream Center transforms the King’s Kitchen into Restoring Place Church. Pastored by Jim Noble, the church opens its doors to all. The church engages in fellowship through worship, Biblical teaching and a children’s ministry. Following church service, volunteers serve a complementary sit-down meal to homeless and in-need church members. Volunteer positions are limited, and interested groups are encouraged to reserve their space using SignUp.com.
The Charlotte Mecklenburg Dream Center’s discipleship program is the heartbeat of our ministry. The yearlong program is designed to provide participants with upward mobility, accountability, structure, support and job training skills. The discipleship program includes one-on-one intensive sessions with our discipleship director, group Bible study, accountability groups, Celebrate Recovery meetings, community service events, job training through a paid internship at the King’s Kitchen, financial training and leadership classes.