For a while now, I've been a consumer at my "new" church. I use the quotes because I've now been there over a year. People have since visited, joined the church and plugged in while I sit on the sidelines.
Thankfully that is all starting to change.
A few weeks ago my Sunday school class committed to feeding the homeless. Every Wednesday night a local organization Lost Sheep Ministry sets up under a bridge and provides a hot meal. Originally we were suppose to serve last Wednesday, but the ministry informed us that they were overbooked with groups wanting to help (Ash Wednesday - no doubt) and could we come this week.
After soliciting help for the nursery (yet again - we're a church growing with babies every week it seems! don't worry, I don't drink out of the water fountain) and for a media person (ours was out on vacation so we had to resort to using the old hymnal), the pastor said that anyone looking to get involved should see him after the service.
So I did. I let him know that I wasn't a huge fan of babies so nursery work wasn't something I was interested in helping with, but that I wasn't sure what else was left for me. He threw out some ideas, took down my phone number and said he'd call to discuss them more fully.
Also? My mom called this morning asking if I would be interested in joining a hiking ministry. Her church (where I'm still officially a member even though I attend elsewhere) is starting up a program. She didn't want to be involved by herself, but my dad isn't physically able to do it. I told her that I couldn't make the initial meeting (also this Wednesday), but I would love to be a part of it!
I'm so exciting at all the work God is doing in my life right now!
How do you give back to the community? Are you a part of a church ministry? Maybe a community organization that helps out? If you're not involved, I'd encourage you to seek out ways to change that. There are plenty of great things out there just waiting to be done!