Impact – “To have a forceful or significant effect on.”
The Capital District held its second annual IMPACT event at Johnston Community College last Sunday, April 17th. It was an afternoon filled with food, fellowship, hands-on missions, breakout sessions, and powerful worship! We loaded our church bus right after worship and took a trip from Saulston UMC in Goldsboro down the road just a ways to be a part of IMPACT again this year. When we arrived we were greeted with invitations to go and eat! Well, ok! If you insist! We are Methodists, after all. There were various foods available such as Korean beef, Empanadas, and even homemade chicken salad. These foods were provided by different Methodist churches and outreach groups.
After eating a delicious lunch, several members of our church headed to “break-out” sessions, one of which was C4C (Congregations for Children). These sessions were extremely informative and inspired suggestions and ideas for attendees and churches they represented. While we were at the sessions, many of our youth helped out with the “Stop Hunger Now” hands-on-mission with other groups from the district. There was also a “Can-struction” project going on at this time, or a building of 3 structures made out of different canned goods donated by churches in our district. One structure was a mosaic representing that 1 in 8 persons go hungry in the U.S. on any given day.
In addition to these activities, there were different ministry display tables set up so participants could learn about ministries offered by the district and other churches. IMPACT also provided some fun and creative stuff to entertain the younger kiddos, like our 9 year old daughter, Faith! She had a blast making crafts, listening to a puppet show, and playing some fun games with a clown! The kids were laughing and having a great time!
The afternoon ended with a Spirit filled worship service which included awesome music from a youth band, multi-cultural expressions of scripture reading and prayer in different languages, a very inspiring message from our DS, Reverend Fairley, and communion. We left the event, our cups overflowing with new ideas and refreshed spirits! The Capital District is truly making an IMPACT for God! We each have opportunities on a daily basis to reach out, share Jesus, and make a difference in this world for His glory. I am reminded of one of my favorite verses, Galatians 6:9 which says, “Let us not become weary of doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.” What a privilege it was to see churches from all over our district coming together sharing gifts and working in unity for the good of others. I am thankful to have been a part of IMPACT!