A mission trip to North Carolina inspired a group from Faith Community Church in Barre, VT, to pray about how to better serve their own community. The result was Go Week 2019 – five evangelical churches serving the city and surrounding area for one week in five ways.
One Week of Outreach
Go Week took place Aug. 11-17 and consisted of a basketball camp, construction projects, a nursing home ministry, a homeless ministry and a back-to-school bash.
Organizers hoped to go into the local community and glorify God through good works. In addition, Go Week activities were chosen to help the churches build working relationships with secular organizations, create new avenues of ministry, mobilize volunteers, show God’s love tangibly and share the Gospel.
The week kicked off with a day of prayer and worship, followed by six days of serving. Leaders are excited by both the work that was completed during the week and the opportunities that have opened up for future service.
Five Different Ministries
Basketball Camp – Sixty children participated in the basketball camp’s two locations. At the end of the week, eight kids expressed interest in learning more about knowing Christ. In addition, the Barre city manager visited to show the city council how churches are partnering with the local community to serve children.
Construction Projects – A team gathered donations and assisted the Barre Housing Authority with a demolition in preparation for new construction. In addition, the team partnered with a residential facility for low-income families that needed renovations. Finally, they built a roof for a family whose home had been covered by a tarp.
Nursing Home Ministry – Thirteen people volunteered in three nursing homes, spending time with patients and assisting activity directors. This partnership has created new opportunities for ongoing ministry to senior adults and their families. Faith Community Church’s worship leader and his wife have started leading a Sunday afternoon worship time for residents of one nursing home and their families.
Homeless Ministry – Volunteers collected and donated more than 500 pounds of food to Capstone Community Action and filled 39 backpacks for a local police officer to distribute at homeless encampments.
Back-to-School Bash – More than 70 church volunteers assisted a local organization, Connecting Hope, in running a back-to-school bash. During the event, workers provided 304 meals and gave school supplies to 162 children.
Written by Chris Autry, pastor of Faith Community Church in Barre, VT, and Kimber Huff, BCNE communications coordinator.