At Mercy Hill, our Community Groups set aside time each quarter to break from their normal group meeting format and serve in the local community. We call these weeks “Serve Weeks.” Well, our November 13th – 19th Serve Week has come and gone and now it’s time to jump headlong into the holiday season. But, before we begin to stuff our faces with inordinate amounts of turkey and all the fixins, I think it would be appropriate for us to reflect on some of the amazing things our groups were able to participate in through Serve Week.
We currently have over sixty Community Groups at Mercy Hill, which means that there is tremendous potential for needs to be met and lives to be changed with each and every Serve Week. This past week, our groups (representing hundreds of people) were able to work hand in hand with organizations that serve the homeless, serve unwed mothers and their pre-born children, serve the elderly, serve the hungry, serve the neglected and underprivileged, serve refugees, and serve recovering addicts. All of this was done because of the gospel, for the glory of God, and for the good of those created in His image.
That is exciting, but what is even more exciting is to see how Serve Week has been so catalytic in seeing our church become more involved in an ongoing basis with some of these organizations in our community. Several Mercy Hill Community Groups have one or multiple members who not only serve at places like Hannah’s Haven, the Pregnancy Care Center, or World Relief during Serve Week, but also serve there on a consistent, ongoing basis. That is exciting news and something we hope and expect to see more and more of at Mercy Hill! Serve Week is a great opportunity to start a relationship with some of the organizations / people that are on the front lines of what God is doing in the Triad and then springboard into ongoing ministry that meets real needs, all while pointing people to the One (Jesus) who can meet their greatest need.
Maybe you are new to Mercy Hill, or even new to the Triad, and you’re wondering what part you can play in seeing God’s church impact this community. If that’s you, If you want to become involved in serving in the Triad, then the action step for you is simple: get connected to a Mercy Hill Community Group at our January Grouplink event and then start serving together with your group through Serve Week and even beyond Serve Week!
-Randy Titus (Campus Pastor, Community Groups Director)
Check out our Facebook page here for photos from Serve Saturday!