Day of Service
This year marked the 15th annual Day of Service. This day is yearly celebration of the best of who we are at South Church. It is a community volunteer day where we welcome all to come and serve others and our greater community. We will have approximately 20 different service projects including cooking meals, making crafts, building, raking, sorting donations, singing, and more. All ages are welcome so plan to bring your family, friends, and neighbors. You can serve all day or drop in for an hour. New ideas are welcome and donations are appreciated. The Day of Service kicks-off with a continental breakfast before we fan out to our various project sites around town and neighboring communities. It wraps up with ham and bean supper and slideshow highlighting the day’s activities. 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 Day of Service, we hope that everyone has a chance to use their skills and talents to assist others. By welcoming the larger community to come and serve with us, we hope to strengthen the bonds between all our neighbors.
Bread and Roses
Bread and Roses is a local mission in Lawrence serving a hot meal five nights a week to individuals and families. South Church has actively supported this mission for over 30 years. Volunteers from South Church prepare and cook a hot meal every 3rd Saturday and 4th Thursday of each month from 1:30–2:30pm. We also serve, set up and wash dishes every 4th Thursday from 4:30–7:15pm. Individuals and families with younger children can sign up to prepare and cook but you do need to be 16 years or older to serve. This is a wonderful opportunity to serve our neighbors in the Merrimack Valley. We are always looking to expand our list of volunteers so that we may continue to offer consistent and much needed assistance to this mission.
Spicket River Clean-Up
This year marks the 13th annual Spicket River clean-up in Lawrence. For the last several years, South Church members have worked alongside Lawrence youth and adults to help maintain a safe and clean green way along the river. Sponsored by Groundwork Lawrence, their goal is a three mile long “emerald bracelet” of green spaces and walking paths that connects parks and neighborhoods. This years clean-up is scheduled for Saturday, September 13th.
Annual Turkey Dinner Collection
For the past 25 years, through the guidance and organization of the Kiker family and now the Jagger family, and in conjunction with Neighbors in Need, South Church now collects over 200 complete turkey meals that get distributed to families in Lawrence prior to Thanksgiving. What started as a small gesture has grown to become one of South Church’s strongest traditions and symbolic of our generous outreach.
Habitat For Humanity
The Board of World Service (BOWS) organizes several trips to the Habitat for Humanity worksite in Lawrence throughout the year. The Parker Street project is the largest and most challenging project that Merrimack Valley Habitat for Humanity has undertaken. The work generally starts at 8:00am and volunteers may commit for a full day or half day of work. Thank you to our Summer of Service youth who provided lunch to hardworking volunteers this summer.
South Church has helped serve breakfast several times per year at Cor Unum in Lawrence. Cor Unum serves hundreds of children and adults 7 days per week, 365 days a year, The beautifully designed facilities, restaurant style setting and volunteer staff are a dignified and loving way to feed those who have the least.
Youth Mission Trip
South Church sends an enthusiastic group of well-prepared and hardworking high school youth and adults to repair homes of families who live on Johns Island, South Carolina. More details and photo can be found under Youth Groups.