Church In The City - Beth Abraham
List of Ministries
Church in the City – Beth Abraham is a culturally, racially, and economically diverse church in inner-city Denver, Colorado. We combine both conservative, charismatic Christian and Messianic Jewish congregations into a cohesive whole that functions seamlessly as a single body. We conduct both Shabbat and Sunday services, and we pride ourselves on being able to bring down the wall between Jew and Gentile. We refer to this process as “putting on the new wine skin.” Church in the City is a diverse family of believers committed to knowing Jesus Christ, living passionately in Him and making Him known in our community and throughout the world. Our mission is to grow the saved, save the lost and care for the downtrodden. We have a wide variety of ministries (below) to serve those who come to us.
Barth Hotel Assisted Living Ministry
Ministry to the less fortunate at the Barth Hotel in Downtown Denver
Meets every 4th Sunday for potluck immediately after 2nd service in Medrosh room, then goes to Barth Hotel (on 17th and Blake) at 2PM. There we conduct worship services, offer a brief sermon, and serve food to the residents. At Christmas, we provide goodies baggies for Christmas presents. We welcome new people always to help with all aspects of ministry.
Lending Support to Those in Need in Inner-City Denver
“… But he who is gracious to the needy honors Him” Proverbs 14:31. CITCBA is committed to helping those in need or in the midst of crisis by providing financial assistance or referring to a ministry or agency that can provide for that need. Financial assistance is limited and is provided to those who are part of the church family and meet the criteria.
C3 - Christian Congregation Care
Care and ministry to the CITC-BA congregation at large
C3 / Christian Congregation Care's mission is to support and help the people who attend CITCBA in practical ways, while directing them back into the other ministries in the church, so that they are connected to CITCBA. We also offer other people a wide array of ways to serve God's people here at the church and to connect with the C3 team.
Nurturing of New Belivers and Chrstian Counseling
CITC/BA is committed to coming along-side believers in their journey to wholeness in Jesus Christ. It has a well trained pastoral staff that can help in times of crisis or trauma, or who just desire a closer walk with the Lord as a disciple.
Firm Foundations Equipping Center
Instruction in Christian Fundamentals for New Believers
To become a believer in Jesus Christ is the first and most important step in our journey with God. However, The Great Commission set forth by Jesus in Mt.28:19 is;”go … and make disciples of all the nations”. CITC/BA is committed to fulfilling this mandate by equipping and training believers to know God intimately, grow into maturity, and share their faith effectively with others. In the Equipping Center, classes and seminars will be offered by the pastoral staff and other qualified teachers that will instruct Christians into “accurately handling the word of truth” (2Tim.2:15).
Classes will be held on Sunday morning from 9: am-10:15 am in the Medrosh room of the Synagogue, and also Wednesday evenings from 7pm-9pm, in the Base. For more information contact: Pastor Stewart Lieberman at (303)322-5733.
Healing Room Ministry
Healing Rooms at Church in the City
The Healing Room Ministry puts teams of pray-ers together with people needing prayer in the areas of physical and/or emotional healing, jobs, finances, families, children, and pretty much whatever. The atmosphere is relaxed, ministry sessions take place in private settings. This provides for a safe place that nurtures personal ministry. Healing Room Ministry is held twice a month, as detailed on the church calendar and in the bulletin.
Traditional Hebraic Dance Joyously Combined with Modern Messianic Jewish Music
We offer special worship thru Hebraic dance monthly for Shabbat and Sunday services, special events and outreaches (applications required), as well as congregational dance for Shabbat services. Also, beginners dance classes and workshops are offered periodically. Contact Diana for specific times and details. Men and women are welcome!
Ushering, Greeting, Assisting, and Welcoming all to Church in the City
The hospitality ministry at CITC-BA welcomes, greets, guides, directs, and assists those who come to us. In this, we try to remember that the hospitality we show to our clients should mirror the welcoming warmth and acceptance experienced when coming to the Kingdom of God.
Impact Youth Ministry
Preparing Our Youth to Take Their Special Places in the Kingdom of God
For middle and high-school aged youth. The purpose of Impact youth is to To meet students where they are and win them back from the culture for the sake Jesus (Yeshua).
Joseph's Store House
Providing Food and Spiritual Support for Those in Need in Inner-City Denver
We serve those in our congregation and surroundng area that find themselves in need. We do this by providing bags of food and by addressing other practical and spiritual needs that may exist.
Feeding the Homeless and much more in Inner-City Denver
The Kitchen Ministry basically provides all the catering needs at CITC-BA. This includes providing food for:
The Kitchen Ministry is very special to CITC-BA, and those who volunteer there find it extremely rewarding. Contact the church for more information, volunteer opportunities, or event planning.
Marriage and Family Ministry
One-Stop Shopping for All Your Family's Needs
Mission: To provide Biblical principles and practical skills for couples to maintain a life-long commitment in marriage through:
•Classes, Retreats, Seminars and Workshops
•Nurturing a relationship-building community (M&M Couples Club and Small Groups)
•Networking with other churches and Para-church organizations (i.e. Rocky Mountain Family Council)
•Monthly Family Nights
Fellowship, Support, and Spiritual Food for the Inner Man
Our mission is to lead and encourage men to live godly lives, personally and professionally; through worship, bible study, fellowship, church and community outreach.
Presenting a Hebrew Perspective on our Our Christian Faith
CITC–BA has pioneered a Shabbat service to preach the gospel of the Kingdom “… to the Jew first and also to the Greek (Rom.1:16). This dynamic service incorporates a strong emphasis on the Hebrew roots of our faith as they are fulfilled in the new covenant through Yeshuah HaMashiach (Jesus Christ). Come join us for messianic worship and dance, celebrating of the feasts of the Lord, spirit-filled teaching, and outreach to the local Jewish community. We are truly a ‘one new man’ fellowship where Jew and Gentile are reconciled into one body to God through the Cross!
Shabbat services are held at 10am on Saturdays, and translation is provided in Spanish.
The Olive Tree Books and Gifts
Books, Gifts, and Blessings for All
The Olive Tree is a unique establishment dedicated to serving the congregation of Church in the City-Beth Abraham by providing books and gifts that can be had few places in the world. Our wares are all hand selected for their spiritual, artistic, and intrinsic qualities, and many come from our collective spiritual homeland, Israel. All bring our prayers for the Lord's blessings and peace in your life. Please drop by, and make your selections.
A Multi-Faceted, Patchwork Quilt of Prayer
The Prayer Ministry is composed of groups of committed prayer warriors, who pray for specific needs. Each pray-er seeks the Lord for His purpose, power, and presence in the various functions at Church in the City so His will might be accomplished. Prayer Ministry groups include the following:
Salvation, Hope, and Restoration for Prison Inmates and Their Families
The Prison Ministry at Church in the City Beth Abraham is a response to the call of Jesus Christ to send forth His message of love, redemption and renewal. The ministry will take that message to inmates in prisons and jails, former inmates who are reentering the community and to their families. Our mission is to promote the vision of CITC BA to be committed to knowing Jesus Christ, living passionately in Him and making Him known to those individuals and their families who have been impacted by an experience of incarceration. We will work on saving souls, giving hope and guiding individuals into a new way of life through the Word of God.
The following branches of the Prison Ministry are designed to support, encourage and train individuals and families in their walk with God.
Enhancing Children's Ministry
Almost EVERYONE loves puppets, and puppets can be used as tools to communicate God’s love and His creativity. Puppets are FUN, and middle school and high school students are welcome to join the CITC-BA Puppet Ministry. The team meets every Friday from 7pm to 8:30pm in “The Base” building. Adults can get involved by helping direct, building props for the sets, or by sewing costumes and curtains.
Although our main goal is to enhance children’s ministry by telling bible stories and teaching life lessons, something greater is usually accomplished.
The team members:
•learn that God has a purpose for their life and can use them in ministry
•begin to “own” their faith
•use creative skills
•have fun at church
•build relationships with one another
•learn to work as a team and encourage one another
•learn the importance of knowing God’s word
Puppets and Scripts
CITC-BA is well equipped with 15 puppets, a huge stage, and a Jerusalem set. We have a camel, fish, dinosaur, mouse, green monster, and a variety of ethnically diverse puppets. There are bible character puppets of Jesus, Goliath, a priest, and Moses. We’re hoping to obtain black light puppets in the future. The team uses bible scripts, life story scripts, and music scripts. We’ve created some videos which can be found on YouTube under “CITC Puppet Team” and “Puppets Break Out at CITC”.
Rehearsals and Performances
Rehearsals involve washing hands, arm exercises, prayer, relationship building, script writing, reading through scripts, and rehearsing the scripts, bible discussions, and prop building. We have performed for the Children’s Ministry, Youth Ministry, and during the church services. Hopefully, we will get the opportunity to perform in parks and at other ministry venues.
If you are interested in getting involved, contact Don Vickers at 720-629-0348, or by e-mail at idrum4theLord@yahoo.com; or calling Pastor Ray at Church in the City at 303-322-5733. Please pray that God would bless each of the team members, the leaders, and those who view the presentations. Thank you.
Lifting the Light of Hope for Those With Nowhere to Go
The Refugge Ministry at CITC-BA ministers to people who have been forced to flee their countries of origin becuse of a well-founded fear of persecution due to race, religion, nationality, or membership in a particular social or political group. Most refugees that we help come from Central African countires, such as DR Congo, Rwanda, Burundi, or any country that has experienced political or religious oppression.
Teaching the Next Generation of Believers From a Jewish Perspective
Beth Abraham’s Shabbat School offers classes for children ranging from the nursery to 6th grade (ages 2 – 12).
Nursery aged children are cared for by a loving and nurturing nursery care worker along with other helpers as needed. The other classes are taught by adults who are committed to love and instruct the youth at Beth Abraham in the Word of God and Messianic Judaism.
We are using the First Fruit of Zion Children’s Torah Club curriculum (www.ffoz.org). The Children’s Torah Club is a Messianic, Messiah-centered curriculum for ages 5-10 that is presented as a weekly activity in the form of 8-page booklets. Each booklet is based on the contents of the weekly Torah portion, and teaches Torah principles from a messianic perspective, through questions and fun filled activities, puzzles and games. The program also contains a Hebrew lesson for every letter in the aleph-bet, all related to the specific Torah portion. The Hebrew learning track will enable children to learn the complete Hebrew alphabet and a simple Hebrew vocabulary. All of the lessons are designed and written to bring life in Messiah to the children as revealed in both the Tanakh (Old Covenant) and the Brit Chadashah (New Covenant) and to draw both the student and teacher into a more intimate relationship with God. The Biblical Feast Days, as well as the traditions and culture of the Jewish people, are also taught and experienced in class.
We haven’t forgotten about fun! The children will also be participating in congregational Feast Day celebrations with crafts, songs, plays, games, and other activities that bring the entire Church in the City-Beth Abraham community together.
Teaching the next generation of believers is a real blessing and privilege. Not only do the students hear Bible stories, memorize Bible verses, and study Scripture, but they share in each other’s lives through discussions and prayer. Parents are encouraged to take an active role in their children’s spiritual development during the week by reading the Torah Portions with their children in preparation for the next Shabbat School, continuing discussions about their Shabbat School lessons, and praying together as a family.
Getting Back to Our Roots
Church in the City – Beth Abraham began more than 20 years ago as a small group of individuals who ministered on the streets, in the back alleys, in the shelters, and in the bars of Inner-City Denver. Today, we actually have a church home, but our commitment to the great commission continues, carried forward by a similar but younger group of dedicated individuals. We still minister on the streets and in the alley ways, at festivals and gatherings, and basically anywhere we find the opportunity to bring the Good News of the Kingdom of God.
Support and the Love of God for Teen Parents
The teen parent program at CITC/BA offers support to pregnant and parenting teenagers. There is a monthly support group on the third Tuesday of the month from 6:30- 8:30 pm. This group offers parenting support and life skills through Biblical instruction. Diapers and a meal are provided at each group. Ongoing mentoring is also provided to the teen parents and their children. For more information contact Collette Solano @ 303-519-4502 or via email firstname.lastname@example.org
Women Coming Together to Share Our Hearts and the Love of Christ
There are many services offered to Beautify you on the outside, but how many are devoted to beautify you on the inside?
“Your beauty should not come from outward adornment, such as braided hair and the wearing of gold jewelry and fine clothes. Instead, it should be that of your inner self, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is of great worth in God's sight.” 1 Peter 3:3-4
You are invited to join the Women’s Fellowship as we continue our study on “The Women of the Bible.” Join us as we examine the lives of the Women recorded in scriptures, both good girls and bad! We will glean from the pages of the Bible to understand what makes a Woman of Worth in God’s sight! So break away with us…
We meet on the Second Monday of every month. Childcare is provided!
Many Genres, Many Talents, and Many Gifts, all Glorifying God
The CITC-BA Worship Arts Ministry is an unbrella group that includes all sorts of artistic endeavors and support groups involved. Our activities include the following:
Hebraic Dance Team
International Dance Team
We have a wide variety of opportunities to serve the Lord though a variety of art media. To get involved, contact Pastor John Clifton at 303.322.5733.
Tutoring in the City
Whiz Kids mission is to help improve the lives of disadvantaged kids through academic tutoring, positive mentoring relationships and spiritual nurture. Whiz Kids tutors are instrumental in providing extra literacy and math help to struggling students. We pair kids with trained, caring volunteers who tutor and mentor in the spirit of Christ.
Revive | Young Adult - 1830 Ministry
Continuing the Journey
To connect a community of 18-30 year olds (College Age, Young Professional, Young Married) for fellowship, service, art, and social justice; as we passionately pursue Jesus (Yeshua).