Day of Service

Reflections from Day of Service 2017


Mark your calendar! With 15 different community volunteer projects, we have service opportunities for all ages and abilities. Have fun, meet new people, go home tired and know you’ve made a difference in our community! Sign up online here or after worship on 10/22 or 10/29.  For general questions and information contact Amie Hellauer (757-652-6509)  or Marc Henderson (781-424-9284).

In the parable of the good samaritan, Jesus teaches us that our neighbors may be different from us, they may not be who we expect. If we are to truly love our neighbors, we must serve them and lift their burden. Often our lives are so busy that it feels impossible to find the time to volunteer. On this Saturday, we hope that everyone has a chance to use their skills and talents to assist others.

South Church has held this annual Day of Service for 17 years. By welcoming the larger community to come and serve with us, we hope to strengthen the bonds between all our neighbors. Please join us.

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What Can I Expect?

8:00am: Breakfast and sign in at South Church. Please sign in (except those going to Habitat) before heading to work sites so we know we have volunteers where they are needed.

8:45am: Groups gather for last minute instructions and depart for work sites.

9:00-4:00pm: Project times vary

5:30pm: Dinner at South Church. All are welcome!

2017 Projects:

ABC House
Help with light carpentry, repairs and sprucing up around the house.
Time: 9:00am until done
People: 10 participants, all ages

Baking with Love
Kids will bake/decorate a variety of cookies to be delivered to local organizations. A few adults are needed to assist.
Time: 9:00am to 11:00am
People 8-10 kids, age 4 and up, 2-3 adults

Bikes not Bombs
Help collect bikes, or donate a bike. Help also needed to pick up bikes on Thursday or Friday. Bikes Not Bombs trains urban youth to repair and recycle more than 3,000 bikes per year, most of which go to South Africa, Ghana and Central America.
Time: 9:00am to 1:00pm
People: 6 participants, all ages

Bread and Roses Soup Kitchen
Providing hot meals to 150 people five nights a week. We help them fulfill their mission with dignity by doing a top to bottom cleaning of their kitchen and dining room. We need a few people comfortable with heights to clean ceiling fans.
Time: 9:00am to 1:00pm
People: 8 participants, all ages

Conservation Commission
Work at Bellevue Reservation with members of the Commission, building a boardwalk. Tasks involve carrying 12′ boards into the woods, working in teams to assemble the frames and the walk.  Wear waterproof shoes/boots and gloves.  Battery-powered drills are a plus.
Time: 9:00am -1:00pm  (or until done)
People: 8-10 adults (must be 18+)

Habitat for Humanity
Scheduled work projects to include painting and flooring. Dress for all weather and bring work gloves.
Time: 8:30am to 4:30pm
People: 10 participants, ages 18 and older

Lazarus House
We will have a number of jobs at Lazarus House sites. The exact job descriptions will be determined closer to the date.
Time: 9:00am until done
People: 8-kids welcome with an adult

Leaf Raking and Fall Clean-up
Join a team of rakers for a morning or afternoon of yard clean-up for church members who need help. Bring rakes, blowers, gloves or tarps if you have them.
Time: 9:00am to 4:00pm, flexible hours
People: 50 (families, teens, adults) CONFIRMANDS: will have own raking team

Neighbors In Need
Help sort and pack groceries at their warehouse in Dundee Park.
Time:  9:00am to Noon
People: 15, Kids welcome with adults

Power of Flowers NEW!
Arranging flowers for delivery to recipient facilities serving the ill, the elderly, veterans, and others in need of a lift.
Time: 9:00am to noon
People: limited to 10 volunteers, ages 14 and up

Giving Garden
Help harvest the last of the fall crops (kale, cilantro, and beets) to be donated to local food pantries. We will also spread lots of wood chips over the paths to keep the weeds down next spring.
Time: 9:00am until done
People: 15

Thanksgiving Cards NEW!
All ages are welcome to make Thanksgiving Cards.  Supplies and paperwork provided as well as creative direction.
Time: 9:00am to noon
People: 10

Strongwater Farm NEW!
Middle and High School youth will assist at this therapeutic equestrian center striving to enrich lives through the healing power of horses. Help prepare the farm for the winter. May include weeding and painting.
Time: 9:00am-1:00pm
People: up to 40

Groundwork Lawrence
Put urban garden to bed for the winter. Harvest any remaining crops. Tilling the garden. Plant cover crops. Cleaning the hoops.
Time: 9:00 to 1:00pm
People: 20

Singing for Seniors
Come join the fun! All are welcome! Come sing with piano accompaniment for our friends at Wingate and Edgewood.
Time: Time: 9:30-11am practice, 1:30pm – 4:00pm singing
People: 15, kids welcome with an adult