At Middleville CRC the past two summers we have combined outreach, support raising for World Vision, and our love for coffee at the Middleville Farmer’s market. Each Friday a number of us set up a table where we give out cups of free coffee and tea to shoppers and vendors alike.
Our time at the farmer’s market has helped build relationships with local vendors and get our name out in the community. We have a few things for sale (ice cream, coffee bags, and fidget spinners) to raise money for World Vision’s well digging program. Giving free coffee and raising money for World Vision gives us the opportunity to show that we care for others in practical ways both locally and internationally. It’s hard to say no to a “cup of joe” and bringing clean water to people in need is something everyone can get behind.
While we hope to be an encouragement and support to others, we too have been blessed by the encouragement given by those who stop by our table. It has been wonderful to discover how many people in our community already support World Vision and other development groups. Every week we have people stop by and simply donate.
Being present and visible in our community has been one of our goals, even more so since starting the Church Renewal Lab. Many people that we meet at the market don’t know where our church is located.
The market has provided an opportunity to tell them both where we are and a bit more about who we are. It’s all about relationship building, being a welcoming and stable presence in the community, and showing love in practical ways to our neighbors. Please pray for us as we continue seek to be a light in our community and participate in the farmer’s market as one way to restore people’s relationship with Jesus and each other.