Threads Church first started to engage the Milwood neighborhood after many conversations with city leaders and extensive surveys of people in the neighborhood. Out of that, Threads has launched several missional communities that each have a specific focus, including:
- Neighborhood Block Parties, open to all who live in the Milwood neighborhood, held twice a year at Milwood Magnet School
- Partnering with Greenwood Elementary and Milwood Magnet School to support their efforts to provide a safe, positive learning environment for students, teachers and staff
- Art and Games on the Green, a summer kids recreation program held at Greenwood Elementary
- Friday Fuel – a monthly drop-in night for students at Milwood Magnet School
- Kids Hope – a mentoring program for higher needs students at Greenwood Elementary
- Oversight and coordination of the Loaves and Fishes distribution site
- A backpack program providing food for the weekend for students at Greenwood Elementary (beginning soon!)
In the fall of 2014, Threads was able to purchase a building and move into the heart of the Milwood neighborhood, providing many new opportunities to listen to, live with and engage the residents and businesses in Milwood. Threads established Milwood Commons as a separate entity to license the preschool and childcare center and to focus more intentionally on community development initiatives.
To find out more about Threads Church, visit www.ThreadsChurch.org.