On Saturday, July 15, volunteers in red shirts will descent on the community with one goal in mind, to serve wherever possible.
“At the end of the day, we are about showing God’s love to the community where we can,” Project coordinator for serve day, Matthew Seifert said. “Being a Christian is more than just going to church on Sunday’s, it’s living a lifestyle and showing the love that you are fortunate enough to get to give to others. So, I think we just want to show that love to the community where we can, through service. Unfortunately, we can’t do everything, but we are happy to try and get out there and to help our fellow citizens.”
Serve day is an annual event where members of local churches roll up their sleeves and complete a wide variety of projects. This year there will be projects like carnivals for children in various locations throughout the county, maintenance and planting flowers at children’s services, cleaning and painting at several parks, landscaping at the Portsmouth post office, resurfacing the gym floor at Vern Riffe School, and many other projects.
There are more than 22 churches signed up to help at this year’s Serve Day. Lakeside Community Church in New Boston Participated in Serve day last year and will be volunteering time again this year with a project in Millbrook park.
“I think the community gains quite a different perspective of the church because so often the church has been confined to the four walls of the building, and when they see the church out they see a different organization that actually cares for the people, that actually cares for the community,” pastor of Lakeside Community Church, Gerald Penix said.
Kingdom Builders Evangelic Ministries was also involved last year and will be serving again this year. Pastor of Kingdom Builders Evangelic Ministries, David Malone, says that the people from his church enjoy getting to serve alongside people from different churches.
“I think it’s just the commodore and the fact that Christians from many different denominations are coming together for a common cause, to glorify God and uplift his name, and at the same time being a light in some dark areas in the community,” Malone said.
Serve Day has grown significantly in the last year from just a few churches to the more than 22 that are signed up this year. Those that are involved hope that it continues to get even bigger.
“I hope it continues to grow, it was great last year and we’re hoping it grows even bigger this year, hopefully it will get bigger and bigger,” Malone said.