Agape Church is a ministry to the homeless where housed and unhoused people meet to worship, have bible study and share meals together.
Agape exists to love, serve, and empower the New Haven homeless community by providing for their spiritual, physical, and relational needs, in response to the good news of Jesus Christ.
We meet Sunday mornings at 8am at Trinity Lutheran Church on the corner of Orange and Wall St.
While this ministry started more than twelve years ago, a group of Elm City Vineyard volunteers got involved in 2009. We have been doing life with the Agape community ever since. If you're interested in joining us on Sundays to participate or to serve in any other way, please e-mail our Good News and Social Engagement Pastor, Deniqua.
Lastly, Agape's current big project is to secure a building that it can use for a drop-in center during the day. This center would be a place for rest, warmth, classes, lockers, and more. Please pray for God to provide an amazing building where Agape can further pursue its mission.
"Every Sunday morning at Agape, we go around the circle introducing ourselves by saying our names an answering a question. This past Sunday, the question was: "What is one of your favorite gifts that you've received from someone"?
The answers varied: my family, my children, my life, my God, my guitar, my peace. Can peace be a gift? Agape congregants sure think so. As they live lives rife with addiction, unemployment, and homelessness, peace is hard to come by; therefore, when peace is found and received, it is indeed a gift. In John 14:23-27, Jesus offers his followers peace: "Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid." According to Jesus, peace is available. We just need to come to him and ask. Paul writes in Phillipians that this peace "transcends understanding," and it will "guard our hearts and minds." After the Bible Study, some prayed to receive this wonderful peace. May the Lord provide. May the Lord fulfill his promise to grant us this great gift."
-A reflection after one Sunday Agape gathering from Alan Wesson
"The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is on me, because the Lord has anointed me to preach good news to the poor. He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners."