The Family Ministry Center (FMC) is a place and a people of refuge for Cleveland’s Clark-Fulton neighborhood and beyond so that God can be made famous. Founded by and accountable to Bay Presbyterian Church, the FMC practices a model of mutually engaged partnership with nearly twenty organizations. Framed by an overarching commitment to sustainable community development, the mostly nonprofit-partners of the FMC work in a wide range of arenas including urban renewal, alternative education, church-planting, the arts, international missions, transitional care for veterans, and more.

Located at the campus of the former Blessed Sacrament Catholic parish in the Clark-Fulton neighborhood, the FMC provides essential infrastructure support to its partners in the form of sound, collaborative space and a wealth of administrative resources, while additionally housing residents who live in onsite, intentional community. Having cultivated a culture of openness and generosity, the FMC and its partners enjoy a synergy which releases collective capacity, celebrates individual achievement, and births new opportunities.

Ancient Path


Location @ the FMC
Sanctuary, Lower Level
Contact
info@ancientpath.com

While providing the foundations and training for spiritual formation and the deeper life of authentic Christianity, the Ancient Path Community will also be a center for the arts—providing a rich, culturally and intellectually stimulating atmosphere for artists to create in community, as well as solitude. Undistracted in the simple, natural setting, artists will find a place of peace, healing, inspiration and encouragement.

Concerts, dance performances, theater productions and visual arts exhibits, as well as discussion groups, writers’ salons, and a broad spectrum of creative opportunities will provide excellent events for the people in the surrounding region to enjoy and participate.


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The Bridge Avenue School


Location @ the FMC
School Building, 2nd Floor
Contact
Dan McElwain, Principal/teacher

The Bridge Avenue School (TBAS) is comprised of students in grades 5–8 who have made the commitment to attend school and do homework daily. The students may struggle with mental health concerns, learning disabilities, behavioral issues, or personal struggles outside of school. TBAS believes each student is God’s masterpiece. Students commit to attending three years at TBAS before moving on to high school.

In August 2014, TBAS began its fourth year in the School Building at the FMC. At present, ten students are enrolled, with the space to grow to at least 30 students in the next several years. Volunteer tutors, lunch providers, and lunchroom aides are a key part of their strategy and offer crucial support to the staff at the school.


thebridgeavenueschool.com

Building Hope in the City


Location
Trinity Lutheran, 2031 W 30th St, Cleveland, OH 44113
Contact
info@buildinghopeinthecity.org

Building Hope in the City’s (BHITC) mission is to restore the city to God by developing and linking people, communities and churches. They focus these efforts in four main areas:

  1. Urban community development and church-planting
  2. Equipping congregations to serve their communities effectively
  3. Welcoming and partnering with refugees and immigrants
  4. Training and deploying God's people to serve in the city

BHITC offers a wide range of Christ-centered programs and is open to expand and replicate any which would best suited to advance the mission of the FMC. To date, BHITC has partnered with the FMC to host training events, support of the Metro South Church plant, and with tutoring outreach.


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CityEdge


Location @ the FMC
School Building, Room 107
Contact
info@cityedge.org

CityEdge is a movement to multiply people to love beyond reason into every edge of Cleveland. Our prayer and vision is to see "in Cleveland as it is in Heaven." Our church is comprised of CityGroups who function as extend families on mission throughout the city of Cleveland. Each CityGroup has a specific mission-vision into a network or neighborhood of Cleveland. This could be to a neighborhood, school, art community, bars, libraries, etc. Each one is very unique to its mission-vision. CityGroups are committed to loving beyond reason and making a difference in their areas of mission.


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The Community House @ the FMC


Location @ the FMC
The Community House (former rectory)
Contact
Stephen and Danielle Piscura

The Community House @ the FMC is a monastic community made of people dedicated to wasting their lives on Jesus so that He is made famous. Sojourners and guests (as many as 32 at a time!) are very welcome to come and stay awhile.


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Community Service Alliance


Location @ the FMC
Fulton House (former convent)
Contact
info@comservealliance.org

Community Service Alliance (CSA) was founded in 2004 to introduce a new approach to individualized training and support, low rent housing, and transitional jobs for homeless persons. The mission of the organization is to be a catalyst for lasting relationships between people emerging out of homelessness and people willing to participate in their transformation. They accomplish that mission by providing affordable, short-term housing, identifying and securing local work experience and employment opportunities, and offering training that fosters personal, behavioral and spiritual support and development, all to promote the eventual independence and self-sufficiency of the men they serve.

Fulton House is CSA’s first replication of the work begun at Procop House, with a focus on meeting the needs of veterans emerging from homelessness. Sandy’s House, a second home on the FMC campus, was dedicated on June 13, 2013 and will serve six men interested in long-term community.


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Cornerstone Among Women


Location @ the FMC
West Lot (enter via Fulton Rd)
Contact
Carolyn Herbert

Cornerstone Among Women is focused on helping women who are pregnant through practical and relational resources. It is faith-based and life-affirming, providing education, support and healing to over 1,000 women each year.

As a part of a collaborative effort with Cleveland Pregnancy Center known as Northcoast Pregnancy Help Center, Cornerstone Among Women provides a mobile ultrasound van on campus where women can view and affirm for the first time the life growing within their womb, and will potentially provide follow up appointments with clients, and educational programming for parents.


cornerstonepregnancy.org

Cornerstone of Hope


Location @ the FMC
School Building, Room 108
Contact
Julia Ellifritt, Education/Program Director

Based in Brecksville, OH, Cornerstone of Hope (COH) provides Christian grief-counseling and support for those who are experiencing grief in the form of death. COH is initially providing three, free services at the FMC:

  1. individual counseling on Tuesdays
  2. group sessions (Spanish, bi-lingual) on Monday evenings
  3. and a trauma camp for children in the summer of 2013.

For information about group sessions, grief camp and afternoon, arts-related activities, contact Julia Ellifritt.

Bob Pickard, COH trauma specialist, offers grief counseling at the FMC on Tuesday afternoons to individuals, couples and/or families. All are welcome, but an appointment is required, which can be scheduled with an intake specialist by calling COH offices at 216-524-3787. Biblically based, these sessions are offered free of charge to any who’ve experienced the loss of death. Clients who hold different beliefs and/or worldviews are gladly welcomed.

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Greater Cleveland Youth for Christ


Location @ the FMC
School Building, Room 102
Contact
Jonny Fine, City Life Director

Youth for Christ (YFC) reaches young people everywhere, working together with the local church and other like-minded partners to raise up lifelong followers of Jesus who lead by their godliness in lifestyle, devotion to the Word of God and prayer, passion for sharing the love of Christ and commitment to social involvement.

YFC's City Life ministries take place in complex and diverse urban settings where there is a convergence of social, economic, and spiritual dysfunction that has led to marginalization and alienation of people and communities. City Life ministry addresses this dysfunction through the presentation of a holistic gospel which seeks to empower people, promote justice, cultivate lifelong discipleship, and assists them in becoming agents of change for Christ in their communities.

The FMC is host to a YFC City Life ministry called GRIP (Growing Responsible Individuals with Purpose), a daytime alternate to suspension for teenagers in grades 7 thru 12. GRIP is supervised by its program manager and students who complete school work assignments receive full credit which allows them to remain academically sound. Furthermore, the FMC provides space to cultivate an ongoing presence for City Life near several of its key campuses: Lincoln West and Rhodes High Schools as well as Thomas Jefferson Middle School.


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LivingStones Communities


Location
3300 W 41st St, Cleveland, OH 44109
Contact
Michael and April Farris, Pastors

LivingStones Communities (LSC) live in communities as Jesus did with His disciples and as the Early Church did (Acts 2:42-47). The vision of LSC is summarized in 1 Peter 2:5–10: LivingStones transformed individually, precious and accepted by God, and being built together into a dwelling place for God by the Holy Spirit. This is expressed in a commitment to region transformation through daily worship and intercessions as well as a commitment to work cooperatively with other churches to equip in the arena of personal healing.

Notable LSC works include Beth-El, housing for women desiring freedom from specific lifestyles or addictions. LSC train people who offer homes to those with specific needs—addictions, abuse, destructive lifestyles, just to name a few. LSC is developing a men’s house as well as an east side home church.


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Melissa’s Learning Tree Childcare + Preschool


Location
3630 Trowbridge Ave, Cleveland, OH 44109
(adjacent to the FMC)
Contact
Melissa Martinez

Melissa’s Learning Tree is a community childcare development center that provides an all inclusive childcare program where children not only receive top of the line childcare, but top of the line developmental preparation for grade school through toddler-to-preschool readiness, preschool to pre-K readiness and pre-K to Kindergarten readiness. Each classroom and group of children will be directed and led by qualified teachers and aids utilizing several developmental and educational curriculums to teach the children such as: High Scope and Preschool Weekly A-Z.

Melissa’s is located in a centralized area within the community allowing excellent, high-quality and accessible childcare and early childhood education for children of parents and families that live in the community and rely on public transportation. Moreover, due to the low income guidelines, many of these families qualify for government supplemental subsidized childcare assistance that enables them to select a quality childcare and early learning center like Melissa’s Learning Tree for their toddler and/or preschooler while they attend school, training and/or work.

Although Melissa’s Learning Tree is not on the property of the FMC, they view their work as connected to what the FMC hopes to achieve and will partner to provide education to families the FMC also hopes to reach.


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MetroAlliance Church


Location @ the FMC
Sanctuary
Contact
Juri Ammari

Metro Alliance is a faith community seeking to:

  1. Lift up Jesus Christ here on Cleveland’s Near West Side, throughout Greater Cleveland, as well as around the world, and
  2. know Jesus Christ as the One who saves us from our sin, makes us holy and keeps us holy, heals us, and who is the King who is coming again.

Metro Alliance unites Cleveland’s diverse people with God and one another through love, in truth, by faith, with forgiveness, and for community.

Metro Alliance Church, planted by the Christian Missionary Alliance more than ten years ago, will soon open a satellite worshiping location at the FMC—Metro South. Join them as they seek God’s will for this new church and gain a vision for how He desires to use the church within this community.


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Mountain of the Lord


Location @ the FMC
School Building, Gymnasium
Contact
Napoleon Karr, Pastor

Committed to making disciples who love and proclaim Jesus, Mountain of the Lord (MotL) is a congregation lead by Napoleon Karr, a pastor originally from Liberia. When unexpected circumstances led to the loss of their building, MotL found a welcome home at the FMC where they offer Sunday worship services, a weekly prayer gathering, a youth group and youth leadership development.

In 201_, a MotL teamed with the Isaiah Project, a ministry of Bay Presbyterian Church, to visit Liberia and strengthen Kids Churches which had been planted by means of the Isaiah Project in previous years.


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Scranton Road Ministries CDC


Location @ the FMC
School Building, Room 106
Contact
Chris Whitmore, Executive Director

Scranton Road Ministries actively contributes to the social, economic, spiritual and physical revitalization of Cleveland’s westside community and its people. Serving in Ohio’s most diverse neighborhood, they are committed to representing, protecting, and investing in youth and families, and to promoting a community-based economic development. They focus on impacting their neighbors with God’s redemptive love, and inspiring indigenous leaders.

Having space at the FMC provides the Scranton Road Ministries staff a base for neighborhood outreaches and their in-school work with Lincoln West and Rhodes High Schools. Ministry offered at the FMC will strengthen the relationships the staff and volunteers develop during the day and incorporate the Christian witness and faith training component into what they do after school.


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Without Words Movement


Location @ the FMC
School Building, Room 104
Contact
info@withoutwordsmovement.org

Mikaela Clark and Mackenzie Valley are artists compelled to speak on behalf of the enslaved, demanding attention to the atrocities of the sex trade, advocating freedom and inspiring the next generation of abolitionists. With dance as their voice, they fulfill this by creating evocative performances and by providing creative experiences for survivors to receive the healing and freeing power of dance. Through their work, they seek to direct attention upon truths such as human dignity and the inherent value of life—truths that, if embraced, would sabotage the global sex trade and other abhorrent systems alike.


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Terrible Beauty

April, 2014 Newsletter

FMC Orientation 101, CSA: Strike Out Homelessness!, Terrible Beauty: On the Eve of Holy Week, 2014 CitySERVE

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March, 2014 Newsletter

Rhonda Hughey, Alpha: Mobilize 2014, Christopher Yuan: Life (Re)styled, LIGHT the City

There shall be perpetual incense before the Lord throughout your generations…and the smoke of the incense, with the prayers of the saints, rose before God…

Exodus 30:8 / Revelation 8:3

Warmed and illuminated by the historical accounts of revival and awakening throughout the ages, as well as the widening blaze of the global prayer movement, the FMC and its partners endeavor to join our own light to the glow of this fire. Like the Apostles of the 1st century, the Celtic monastics of the Middle Ages or the Moravians of the modern era, we recognize and embrace the need for prayer to burn at the heart of mission—not merely in rhetoric, but in real and ongoing experience.

We therefore envision a prayer meeting at the FMC which has no end.

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The FMC is available for our partners to hold ongoing, periodic, or one-time events which are consistent with the overall mission and vision of the FMC. A variety of venues are available for functions of many kinds. A fee for use helps the FMC move toward its long-term goal of sustainability. Whenever a space is being rented, FMC staff work alongside partners to provide quality customer service, including proactively anticipating needs. This in turn allows our partners to focus on the work that’s been given to them by God. Milestone events in the lives of our partners, such as weddings, baptisms, baby dedications, and funerals, may also be hosted at the FMC.

While our first priority is serving our ongoing and committed partners, other congregations and ministries may schedule events at the FMC, provided that these events are consistent with the mission and vision of the FMC and that they further the vision of the group in question. The size of the FMC campus (five buildings, 69,100 sq. ft.) provides ample space for those who need it.

Lastly, the campus of the FMC is also available to nonprofits, especially those which focus on serving Cleveland’s Clark-Fulton neighborhood and/or those which can assist in supporting our partners to be more fruitful in their work and calling.

The Community House is a home where eight adults, two children and one Beagle live in onsite, intentional community. Residents of the Community House are committed to a monastic rhythm of life which centers on prayer, devotion and mission.

The home itself is equipped to host guests or teams who come to serve or retreat in the city and who are connected to the work and mission of the FMC’s partners. So while the Community House is a house of hospitality, it is not in the hospitality industry. To this end and above all, interested parties are strongly encouraged to explore opportunities to share in mission and the joy of shared life with residents of the home.

Guest accommodations include safe, comfortable beds, four full bathrooms (some of which are shared with residents) and use of the kitchen, dining and other shared living spaces. To begin a conversation about staying in the home, please follow the link below.

Thank you for your interest in volunteering at the FMC. We appreciate you and your willingness to serve with our partners.

In order to comply with FMC policy and our insurance requirements, all individual volunteers must complete the following:

  1. Individual volunteer application
  2. Ministry in the Light overview and questionnaire
  3. Submit fee of $15 (memo: “Background check” and applicant’s name) to the central office of the FMC during regular business hours or via U.S. Mail.

Alternatively, congregations, community groups and other groups who would like to find a place for multiple volunteers must complete the group application.

These applications provide information regarding your experience, interests, availability, and other helpful information. Individuals completing the Ministry in the Light overview and questionnaire are giving permission to the FMC to obtain a background check from ADP, which will search a national sexual offenders’ database and other court records and release this information to the FMC. The fee of $15.00 will be used to defer the cost of the background check. For your reference: A Summary of Your Rights Under the Fair Credit Reporting Act.

Thank you so much for your cooperation in this application process. The information submitted will insure the safety of everyone involved with the FMC.

United in common vision, we can accomplish so much more! Convinced of this, the FMC embraces partnership as core to its mission and serves its partners by offering quality facilities, fostering relational connections to those who are like-minded, and leveraging volunteers from across the Northeast Ohio region and beyond.

Prior to the founding of the FMC, some of our partners had long-enjoyed a partnering relationship with Bay Presbyterian Church (BPC) and so—assured of a common, proven commitment to the glory of God—it was only logical to invite them to take the next step into what we sensed God wanted to do through this work collectively. Others have since joined, bringing with them an enthusiasm for the collective mission and vision; embracing the realities of the city while filled with idealism and hope and a tenacity to seek God.

Step one in any potential partnership is prayer, whereby we genuinely seek discernment and the will of God. Additionally, BPC’s long history of partnership—and the FMC’s growing experience—affords the privilege of a large and interconnected network of relationships, whereby we’re very often enabled to gain reference concerning both organizational and essential theological compatibility (with the Apostles’ Creed and the Essential Tenets of the Reformed Faith serving as these essentials).

If you sense God leading you to explore partnership with the FMC, please complete the brief form linked below to begin the discernment process. Once processed, an appointment with FMC Executive Director Julie Jones may be requested.