By Chad Frey Newton Kansan
With over 20 different volunteer projects planned for this weekend, you’d think it would be difficult to find enough volunteers for everyone.
But that’s not the case for Grace Community Church’s “Big Serve” scheduled for April 3.
“Amazingly, we are struggling to find enough projects to use the number of volunteers we have, but this will only prepare us for more work next year,” said Grace Community senior pastor Jack Napier. Church. “Now that people have shown their willingness to get their hands dirty, we believe more opportunities will follow in the future.”
There are 21 different projects – from painting a downtown building to helping out at the homeless shelter to cleaning up schoolyards. There will be a diaper drive at Wal-Mart, landscaping for neighbors, park cleanups and first responder recognition.
It’s a big day, living up to its name with over 420 people registered to help with the projects.
“Grace has always had a heart for our neighbors, but we’ve never had so many registrations for an event,” Napier said.
Napier told Kansan that the idea came from a familiar passage in Matthew, where Jesus urges the disciples to “love your neighbor as yourself” (Matthew 22:35-40).
“Five simple words that take a lifetime to implement,” Napier said. “For a community, love manifests through tiny but meaningful actions over time. However, we also desire to love our neighbors in a big way right now. That’s why we come together as one family of church for the big Sunday service.”
Service, he said, is one of the best ways to show love for others and a community.
“This spring, we will come together to serve our community through multiple projects that meet the practical needs of our neighbors,” Napier said. “What’s the point of loving someone if you don’t show it?”