NEW BUILD DATEParker Street Habitat for Humanity Project - Saturday, June 15 Build Date
South Church has supported the Merrimack Valley Habitat for Humanity through both mission support and volunteer labor. This year, Habitat has issued a special call for volunteers to work on the 100 Parker Street project in Lawrence. This is the biggest project undertaken by Habitat, and will provide homes for 10 families when complete. Demolition work has been completed, and Habitat is now working on plumbing, interior systems, and interior finishes. South Church participated in a full day build this past December 2012 and March 2013. Join the Board of World Service on Saturday, June 15 - please sign up! For more information about this build and future builds, please email Evonne Yang.
“To me, faith and service are intertwined, and
very challenging to live! Joining the Board of
World Service has been a way for me to 'live the
questions' in a community of fellow seekers,
believers, doubters, and questioners. It's also a
wonderful way to make new connections and
strengthen old friendships while very gradually,
hopefully, living towards the answers.”
- Evonne Yang, Board of World Service
Bread and Roses
Bread and Roses is a local mission in Lawrence serving a hot meal
five nights a week to individuals and families. Over the past 3
years, Bread and Roses has seen a large increase in the number of their
guests, particularly at the end of each month. Volunteers from
South Church prepare and cook a hot meal every 3rd Saturday and
4th Thursday of each month from 1:30pm – 2:30pm. We also serve,
set up and wash dishes every 4th Thursday from 4:30pm – 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.
Day of Service
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.
Day of Service 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 sorting donations, cooking meals, making crafts,
building, raking, 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 and singing before we fan out to our
various project sites around town.
Day of Service 2012 Slideshow (with music)
Neighbors in Need
Neighbors in Need, a food pantry that also serves the larger Lawrence community, provides food to hundreds of needy folks each week. Bring nutritious foods such as tuna, beef stew, peanut butter and other staple foods to help fill the red wagons in our narthex each Sunday. It is easy to help a little bit. All of us together can make a difference.
The demand for food to help the hungry of Greater Lawrence has increased dramatically and supplies are dangerously low. Neighbors In Need is currently feeding well over 500 families every week! New families arrive at our pantries every day. Summer is always a very difficult time for food pantries. Donations often go down…so many of us are on vacation, schools are not doing food drives…and it is very difficult to keep the food coming. Unfortunately, hunger does not take a vacation. Please help us to refill our pantry.
Youth and Adult Mission Trips
South Church 300th Mission Outreach Project
The church helps to sponsor mission trips for South Church youth and adults. Past mission trip destinations have included John’s Island, South Carolina, Appalachia, and rural Vermont.
South Church has a long tradition of mission and service to others, dating back to its strong support of missionaries, training of ministers at Andover Theological Seminary (now Andover Newton), and dozens of local, national and global missions, around the corner and around the world. Today, we directly support financially many programs and missions.