We are involved in our community in many different ways. We sponsor an after school program called "Good News Club" at a local elementary school where we have the opportunity to share the gospel with children as we sing songs, play games, hear mission stories and share stories from the Bible. There are members who work with area ministries such as Lost Sheep Ministries, Habitat for Humanity, prison ministries and the FISH pantry.
As a church we periodically sponsor a "Faith-in-Action" project where we assist others with basic needs. These projects have ranged from painting inside and out, doing house repairs, remodeling, cleaning, gardening and yard work as well as serving our widows. We annually sponsor an Angel Tree in conjunction with the area Boys and Girls Club to provide Christmas gifts for children in need in the South Knoxville area.
In terms of global missions, we sponsor a child through the Uganda Children's Project providing funding for his school supplies and other needs. We also assist with the support of a Young Life worker, Alex Neislar who works with Spanish speaking teens as they seek to reach out to them with the gospel. We sponsor a child in Nicaragua through Food for the Hungry program. Our JAM (Jesus and Me) children participate with Samaritan's Purse in providing shoe boxes for disadvantaged children through out the world at Christmas time The Evangelical Presbyterian Church which we are affiliated with has a widespread mission presence particularly in countries where the Muslim faith is the dominant religion. We are helping to provide support for a young man who is a part of those serving in Muslim areas (Names are not openly shared due to sensitivity in these areas.)
We also work together to take care of the facility that God has provided for our use and His service. We rely on our members to care for our building and grounds. He has provided us with a beautiful 13 acre site on the banks of the French Broad River. We know that God has great plans for how He wants this property to be used for His glory. It takes the efforts of the whole church community to maintain and operate what He has entrusted to our care.
Our Child Care Director staffs our nursery with volunteers that serve on a rotating basis, to provide the best of care for our little ones.
We promote active participation in small group Bible studies. These groups meet at various times in the homes of members as well as at the church facility. These groups allow us to grow deeper in our relationship with God and with one another, as we consider the practical applications of our faith for everyday life. The plain and simple fact is that you get out of something what you put into it. If you want to grow and know what life is like in the body of Christ, then you have got to get involved. Is it risky? You bet! Is it worth the risk? Without a doubt!
We had a great time hosting our Annual Fall Festival for 2016. The Lord gave us a beautiful day and many in the community came by to pick up a bargain in our rummage sale, enjoy the free food, pick up some delicious homemade baked goods, and the kids had a wonderful time on the inflatables and playing games! Below are some pictures of the festivities!
Below are pictures of our JAM kids and volunteers who packed 35 shoe boxes to share with other kids in other areas of the world. For some of those kids, this is the only Christmas presents they will receive. Our kids really enjoy this time of sharing and a great time was had by all!
We had a great time at "Narnia Night" December 17, 2016 with crafts, dinner and a viewing of "The Lion, the Which and the Wardrobe," first in The Chronicles of Narnia series by C.S. Lewis. Below are some pictures from the event.