“Here are some pictures from our first Service Sunday. We are planning to find another date this spring,” reported Joy Kain to Newsline. She is chairing the Outreach Committee at Northview Church of the Brethren in Indianapolis, Ind., which is hoping to hold a Service Sunday quarterly.
Service Sundays are being planned as fun opportunities for fellowship and service after church members gave input into planning for the congregation’s future and mentioned service as an important part of the church’s identity.
Their first Service Sunday on Nov. 21 was “a positive experiment,” she wrote. “We tried to have several different options for folks to accommodate COVID concerns, ages of participants, and varieties of causes.”
In place of a traditional worship service the congregation met at the church building or at Wheeler Mission to serve the wider Indianapolis community together. Among the several options:
— helping Wheeler Mission prepare a Thanksgiving meal for the homeless population in central Indiana,
— or at the church building making snack packs for distribution to the homeless community by Homeless Initiative Program and assembling treat bags for people receiving specialized inpatient psychiatric services at Logansport State Hospital,
— or for those attending via Zoom making cards or writing letters for different organizations.
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