Go and Do is a short list of ideas to help your small group consider ways to serve during your study of The God We Can Know. We hope you’ll explore new ways of serving that will continue even after your study ends!
One way to begin is to view the video Ministry With and have a discussion about ways you can serve.
I Am…Who are we?
Explore your church mission statement. Who are you as a community of faith? What is your church known for? Where might God be calling you to be in ministry with other community organizations, churches, and people? What community needs can you help serve and work alongside those already serving there? What resources will it take?
Bread and food
Plan a food drive for a local Food Pantry–this could become a regular way your community of faith gives in a tangible way. Invite a representative to share about their work and their monthly needs. Create a list of food needed and distribute it each month. Reusable grocery bags can be handed out after worship with the list of food needed. Ask those who collect coupons to share with those who will be purchasing food. Plan a day to not only deliver the food to the pantry but to help sort and stock the shelves. Encourage small groups to adopt your food pantry if they don’t already have a place they serve in your community.
Think about other ways to be involved. What groups in your church could be challenged to participate in ongoing ways?
Reach out to local bread companies, grocery stores, and restaurants to see if your church could schedule a pickup and delivery system to get unused food to those in need.
If you are United Methodist the link below is to UMCOR’s Hunger & Poverty projects around the world.
Call your local utility companies and find out how you, your church or small group can pay utilities for those who are having difficulty paying their bill.
What stopping places, rather than staying places are in your community? How might your group be involved or offer support? Think about groups that don’t already have relationships with communities of faith. Not sure where to start? Ask your mayor and City Council for recommendations.
Shepherding in your community
Make an ongoing commitment to help shepherd children or older adults in your neighborhood, brainstorm different ways to be involved. Here are a couple of church examples:
The Clubhouse is a non-profit partner with Ginghamsburg Student Ministry. Clubhouse prepares teens in grade 7-12 to provide free, faith-based programs to students in grade 2-6. Many of the teens who have volunteered have been former participants.
Perhaps your church would like to offer a series to learn more about orphan care, foster care, and adoption. Read how Christ Church in Memphis is involved.
Write a personal note to someone who was or is a shepherd for you. Be specific in what they have meant to you and your spiritual formation.
Creation and Stewardship
Scope out your neighborhood or your church property for areas that can be converted into gardens to provide fresh food to your community and an opportunity for neighbors to meet. Open space or vacant lots can be converted as well–do research to secure permission to plant. Talk with community leaders if not veggies, why not ask for permission to plant wildflowers to add beauty?
Read more about community based agriculture here.
Maybe your next work trip could be to one of our National Parks!
Challenge those in your congregation to donate 10 inches of their hair to an organization that provides wigs for disadvantaged children and youth, Locks of Love.
Way, Truth and Life–Knowing God’s Way
Organize a prayer walk in your community, not just the neighborhood around your church. As you walk pause at each business and pray for the owners and customers. If the weather makes this difficult have teams ride in cars.
Resurrection and the Life–Knowing God’s Possibilities
Are there situations in the world that seem hopeless to you?
Below are links to stories of two people who felt called by God to do something as individuals that now have grown into ministries where others serve.
Brett Swayn—The Cookery, Lambscroft Ministries
Becca Stevens—Magdalene House and Thistle Farms
Think about people in your community who are serving in ministry because they refuse to see hopelessness and can only see possibilities. Write a note of encouragement and join them!
Consider and discuss where might God be calling you to a ministry of possibility?