Noel serves the community and its neighbors in Highland through a variety of outreach ministries and programs. We feed the hungry, create opportunities for educational advancement, and offer the exploration and development of creative talents, sharing the love of God for body, mind and spirit.
Adult renewal academy
What: Noel partners with Community Renewal International to offer those 17 and older the opportunity to earn their HiSET (formerly known as GED). Classes are held at Noel. Volunteers assist students in their learning and with supplies.
When: Classes run Tuesday-Thursday, 9:30am-noon. Summer schedule varies.
Where: Classrooms are located on the first floor at Noel. The entrance faces Highland Avenue.
Ministry: Sharing in another's growth is a beautiful thing. The love of God and learning abounds.
Info: Contact Rachel Scott (Minister of Service and Outreach) at 318.221.5207 or Gloria Millender of Community Renewal International at 318.425.3222.
Food Pantry (Purple Bag Ministry)
What: The first Sunday of each month, food is collected for the Purple Bag ministry. The donated food enables the food pantry to provide a greater variety of nutritional items for clients. Be sure to check out the Upcoming Events page to see Items Needed for the current month. Each bag donated makes a difference!
Noel has the largest food pantry in Northwest Louisiana giving out over 10,000 bags of food every year to people in need in Caddo Parish. The Food Pantry is operated by Director Peggy Hamiter along with over 100 volunteers from Noel and various churches of all denominations.
When: Food Pantry Hours Monday-Thursday, 10am-2pm.
Purple bags can be brought to the Food Pantry during regular hours above, or to worship services or to the Church office during normal business hours.
Where: The Food Pantry is located within our church at 520 Herndon St., Shreveport, LA, 71101. Entrance faces Herndon Street.
Ministry: The Food Pantry is a multi-faceted gem allowing volunteers to use their time and talents to bag groceries, assist with clients, unload trucks, and serve as greeters. It is a great way for students to acquire service hours. Both clients and volunteers are uplifted in body and spirit with love.
Info: To volunteer or schedule your group to work on a Mission Saturday in Noel's Food Pantry, Contact Director Peggy Hamiter, at 318.424.0434 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
another way to help
We collect plastic grocery bags for use in our pantry and also to make mats for the homeless. You can drop these off at the Food Pantry or Church Office. Learn how to make mats below.
Highland Blessing Dinner
What: Noel is part of a coalition of several Highland area churches that provide a free family-style dinner to those in the community. Volunteers are needed as table servers and hosts. A short worship service follows the meal.
When: Noel's turn to serve is every 3rd Thursday of the month at 6pm. Volunteers arrive at 5:30pm for orientation and setup.
Where: Highland Center, 520 Olive St. 71101
Ministry: Provides an opportunity to talk with those in the neighborhood and get to know our neighbors on a personal level, building relationships and community.
Info: Those interested in participating, please contact Veda Westby
What: Soup is cooked and delivered to about 80 people who are homebound, elderly, or disabled and in need of a meal on the weekend.
When: The last Saturday of every month, 9:15 a.m.
Where: Soup is packaged at Noel and delivered on routes by volunteers.
Ministry: Our volunteers have a wonderful time of fellowship while packaging soup, and our recipients are blessed with a meal made with love. Smiles all around! Can you cook? If you can't join us, you can still make any amount of any kind of soup, leaving it in the church kitchen labeled "for Souper Saturday." Please mark your containers to be returned. Also, we can always use cornbread, muffins, and bundt cakes with no icing.
Info: To volunteer, contact Leah Miller
Each year our youth participate in two big mission trips:
weekend of the cross
Weekend of the Cross is a city-wide service weekend for low-income families needing house repairs.
summer mission trip
The summer mission trip is a week-long opportunity for our youth to serve others in unique and meaningful ways while learning about different cities and cultures across the United States.