What kind of ministry activities are churches doing in their local communities?

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 The ServiceLink office is doing some research on how local churches are engaged in ministry to those in their communities. Are members of churches involved with local food banks, homeless ministry programs, refugee involvement etc. Are churches encouraging members to participate in special ministry events? What does that look like?

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1.  volunteers from the church operate a food pantry one morning every week.  (8 volunteers typically)

2.  girls club and boys club are run by volunteers from  church  (20 volunteers or so?)

3.  one evening a week we run a program for neighborhood families that includes meal, worship, kids tutoring, parents discussion group.  This program involves some 30 volunteers from church.

4.  summer programs for kids weekly   (ten to 20 volunteers)

Thanks Karl! So are you one of those volunteers now that you're in retirement? :-)

Currently in our Small Groups we are studying Under the Overpass written by Mike Yankoski. as part of the study, each group is encouraged to come up with various service projects in our community. So far, our group has made sandwiches and delivered them to a large group of homeless people. Another group has visited a senior citizen home. Our group has also talked about volunteering at one of the local group homes for people with disabilities.

Thank you Steve! I've read that book and am glad to hear how your small groups are using it to reach out in your community. Wishing you blessings in that!