Approaching its two-year anniversary, SouthBridge Community Church, pastored by Stewart Moody, fanned out into the community last month to serve others.
Participants gathered the evenings of July 22 and 23 at the church’s office location on South Zetterower Avenue for their assignments.
Josh Glymph, SouthBridge’s discipleship pastor, addressed the group, saying: “The purpose of Mission Week is to start something that we’re not going to finish.”
Clarifying, Glymph continued: “There are needs to be met in our city, community and neighborhood. We just have to open our eyes and see them. As we begin to minister to needs we see and know about, other opportunities will make themselves known. We want it to be an ongoing ministry of serving others.”
After prayer, SouthBridge members dispersed to make a difference in the community.
Some worked to tile and redo a bathroom for Fostering Bulloch. Others cleaned out a home for a widow. And several organized items that had been donated to Open Hearts Ministry.
Families also weeded a flower bed and pressure-washed the front porch of Joseph’s Home for Boys and visited residents at local nursing homes.
Youths and adults cleaned up litter along the sidewalks of Zetterower Avenue.
A couple of families delivered homemade cookies and appreciation to fire and police stations. Youngsters who delivered the goodies were treated to a tour of the fire station by two firefighters who had just returned from a call.
The fascinated kids, who wanted to know where the fire pole was, could barely contain their excitement when the firefighter opened the fire engine door and asked the kids if they wanted to climb aboard.
With a little assistance from the firefighter, the four kids scrambled inside and took turns sitting behind the wheel.
Mission Week 2013 culminated with a Wednesday night block party on Grady Street on July 24. Neighborhood children and families were treated to hamburgers, a bounce house, music and games.
“The block party was awesome,” says Glymph. “Definitely the highlight of the week. We had over 200 people attend, not counting the 70-plus volunteers from our own church.”