Every minute, twenty four people are displaced from their homes due to war, violence, and persecution. This has led to a worldwide total of 21.3 million refugees: men, women, and children who have been forced to flee their homeland and are unable to return because they have experienced conflict or persecution. We believe that this is our Gospel moment where the nations are coming directly to Memphis. All of March, Christ Church featured stories from refugees from around the city, and gave ways to respond either by praying, giving, or going to partner with refugees in Memphis (Check out all three videos, as well as FAQ’s and ways to get involved at cumcmemphis.org/getgoing). If you feel like you missed your chance- we have two more ways to get connected with others from around the world that also call Memphis home this month!
Kaleidoscope Food Festival
Saturday, April 15, 1-7
In only 2.5 square miles, residents in Binghampton represent over 17 different nations, making it one of the most diverse neighborhoods in Memphis.
Join Little Bird Innovations and the Binghampton Development Corporation (BDC) at Wiseacre Brewery to celebrate Binghampton at the first ever Kaleidoscope Festival. Experience cultures from around the world through food, storytelling, and performance. Vendors feature multicultural chefs from the Binghampton neighborhood. Come and stop by after the Children’s Ministry Easter Egg Hunt! Kids and dogs welcome!
Interested in getting involved with the festival? Contact Britney Witt at the BDC to volunteer with set-up or tear down(10-11:30, 7-8:30),Kids Zone (1-4), or Centralized Checkout, Parking Aid, or Street Crossing (1-4 or 4-7)
Memphis Cup of Nations
Satuday, April 22, 8:30-3
Christian Brothers University
Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland and Shelby County Mayor Mark H. Luttrell, Jr., along with Christ United Methodist Church, Barnhart Crane, Christian Brothers University, and Kyle Rote Jr. are honored to host the fourth annual Memphis Cup of Nations and Family Festival in Memphis, TN to celebrate a diverse international community. The theme for the Memphis Cup of Nations is to seize the universal passion for sport, connect the nations and build community. Sixteen teams representing 16 different nations, will compete in a day-long soccer tournament to determine the best in Memphis to celebrate, recognize and honor an often overlooked part of our community that numbers some 100,000+.
Each team will also be paired with a country champion, a small group of people from churches around the city that support the team as fans. Country Champions spend time cheering on their team, eating lunch together, and building friendships. Christ Church will be serving as country champion for two teams this year, Team China and Team Laos.
Interested in getting involved with the tournament by joining either Team China or Team Laos? Contact Grant Caldwell for more information.