At the Elm City Vineyard, we "seek the peace and prosperity of the city...because if it prospers, [we] too will prosper." (Jeremiah 29:7). As people placed in and around New Haven, we want to see this city thrive and flourish as a sign of God's presence in our city.

Given that, our church always want to provide some practical avenues for people to serve New Haven. This Lent, we're asking congregants to serve two hours a month, two hours each month of Lent (once in March, once in April), or two hours this entire season. Ask the Lord for the right rhythm for you. We understand that some ECVers' professional is serving our city already, serving the world around us with their vocation, or serving in other costly ways that limit their time. We trust the Spirit to guide you as you pray for your next step in loving our city.

Here are some practical ways to serve our city that ECV either leads or supports. Unless noted otherwise, they happen every week.


  • Serve with Youth Without Limits at 5:30pm, Eastview Terrace, 185 Eastern St. Contact:
  • Come join the Nonviolence Campaign against Homicides at 8pm at 42 Hobart St. or on Zoom (email for link). FYI - this is more organizing and justice-focused than direct service. Contact:


  • Like basketball and mentoring? Serve with Youth Without Limits' New Basketball Mentoring Initiative at 5:30pm- 7:30pm, New Haven Academy, 444 Orange St. Contact:
  • Serve Downtown Evening Soup Kitchen (DESK) from 4-7pm every 2nd Wednesday of the month. Sign-up here. The next date is 4/7.  Contact:


  • Come pray for the Black Corner, 277 Edgewood Ave, on Thursdays at 2:15pm. Though this corner store is black-owned and operated (a rarity for New Haven), all races are welcome to pray for this store, the owners, customers, and kids at nearby Troup school. Contact:

Stay tuned for family friendly service opportunities coming for our Lenten season! 

Have a service opportunity you'd like to start or see up here? Let Josh know at

“Serving at ECV brought me in touch with the New Haven community, but it also brought me in touch with how much my faith can make a practical difference in someone else's life.”