This is an outreach to people in recovery from addiction to drugs and alcohol, providing physical and spiritual support and showing the aroma of Christ. Partnering with the recovery community, Third Step ministry members provide mentoring, Bible study and a demonstration of healthy Christian fellowship to help lead people in recovery to a whole, healthy and sober lifestyle. The name comes from Alcoholics Anonymous’ step 3 of 12, which is making a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of God as we understand him.
To assist persons in recovery with their journey to grow closer to God, The Third Step has setup Bible studies and support groups. This outreach effort includes a Sunday morning class that begins at 9:30am, an informal Sunday evening Bible study that serves supper at 6:30pm with Bible study at 7:00pm, and Encounter Recovery sessions on Tuesdays that serve supper at 6:45pm and support groups that start at 7:30pm. All are invited to attend, and we look forward to meeting you.
Laurel Church of Christ JustLead is a partnership effort with Emerald Youth Foundation to reach at-risk and low-income youth living in the Sutherland Avenue community. We seek to improve their lives by focusing on enrichment in academics, health, sports, and spiritual discipleship.
Our Conversational English Program is held at the Laurel building Wednesdays from 6:45-7:45p.m. We offer an opportunity for Internationals and their families to develop and strengthen conversational English skills, cultivate friendships, share cultures and discuss religion and other topics of interest with Laurel members who serve as conversation partners. Special ESL classes are also offered as needed for our international guests.
REFIT™ is a dance fitness class that is similar to Zumba with less Latin influence. We use a great mix of Christian and secular music and have fun working out together in a safe and non-intimidating environment! We welcome experts and embrace beginners. The class meets Thursdays at 6:30 p.m. Payment is whatever you want to contribute. For more information, contact Jana Thomas at [email protected].
Volunteer Ministry Center
On the second Tuesday of each month, Laurel members cook and serve lunch to homeless people at the Volunteer Ministry Center, 511 North Broadway, from 11:45 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Laurel members are among area Church of Christ members who volunteer in a ministry that serves the community of the 50 block area of Knoxville bounded by Magnolia Avenue, Winona Street, Cherry Street and Interstate 40. Hope Central is located in the center of this area at 1944 Woodbine Ave. Our members assist Laurel’s planning team, work in Hope Central’s after school program tutoring and serving meals, help with worship activities and teach children’s Bible classes Sundays from 3:30-4:30 p.m. To find out more about Hope Central, contact Tommy Drinnen, the executive director, at 748-4564 or at [email protected]. They have a website at www.hopecentralknoxville.org.
We recognize the need for people to find help—life happens. While we do not have a formal counseling ministry, several members of the congregation and other professionals in the community provide counseling services, often at our building. Some accept insurance. Some have an income-based fee scale. All are committed Christians you can trust. Contact the church office at 524-1122 to be directed to someone who can answer your questions about counseling services.
Third Creek Bike Trail
The greenway for the trail runs behind the church building. Users may park in the church parking lot and a water fountain is available near the western side of the building.