“The Word became flesh and blood, and moved into the neighborhood. We saw the glory with our own eyes, the one-of-a-kind glory, like Father, like Son, Generous inside and out, true from start to finish.” [John 1:14 (MSG)]
When God sent his son Jesus to live among us on earth, he offered us an example of what it means to live out our faith. Jesus and his disciples went out into the neighborhood. They did not sit behind four walls and wait for the people in the neighborhoods to come to them. We are called to do the same.
Yesterday afternoon, I had the privilege of attending the dedication of “Seeds of Hope” House in Wilson. “Seeds of Hope” (SOH) is a non-profit organization formed to work with students, families and neighborhood members of Vick Elementary School. Their mission is to partner with Vick Elementary School to promote student achievement and wellbeing and have a positive impact on the surrounding community.
The dedication of this house is their next step in partnering with the students families and neighbors surrounding Vick Elementary School. For many years, folks from Winstead United Methodist Church have been investing in the lives of the students and their families by tutoring, providing resources for the classrooms, sharing a community garden and furnishing bikes and books for summer fun for the students. They sponsor Watch D.O.G. S. (Dads of Great Students), which encourages dads, grandfathers, and other males to come volunteer at the school. They sponsor a “Girls on the Run” team and a “Stride” Team as they seek to encourage health and wellness of students, staff and families of Vick, and they do all they can to meet additional needs as they communicate regularly with the school principal.
SOH’s volunteer Executive Director, Priscilla Morello, and many of the other board members and volunteers are all from Winstead United Methodist Church in Wilson, but a number of other area churches and community organizations have also gotten involved to build a sustainable program. This all began with a few individuals who felt led to make a difference in the lives of children in a local Elementary School.
The church does not exist for us to gather up and worship once a week and then go back to our routines. The church exists for us to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world. We do this through our actions. Let’s get off our butts and get out into the neighborhood.
If you would like to consider ways that your church can partner with a local school, our district has a Congregations for Children Coordinator and a C4C Consultant who both have years of experience to share. Visit our website to read more and get their contact information: https://capitaldistrictnc.org/c4c-congregations-for-children/
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