Summer Community Meals - Chatham Forest Apartment Community
By Alexey Negru
Our Goal: Engaging Our Community
The goal of Community Engagement is to help each member of Trinity Park Church be actively engaged in the work of practical ministry in our community, according to God’s given talents and abilities.
As the church grows, we want to make sure that all of us have plenty of opportunities to serve in practical and tangible ways. We want to see our faith meeting the real challenges and needs of those around us.
A Heart Of Service
I know many of you who have been sacrificially serving for years at TPC (we thank you and praise God for you) and I know there are many wonderful people who just recently started attending TPC and also have a heart to serve and be involved in other people’s lives for the glory of God (we praise God for you as well!).
Jesus said: “I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me” - Mat 25:35
And I’m so excited that throughout this summer we have an opportunity to provide healthy meals and drinks for the children in Chatham Forest Community!
In partnership with Project Phoenix (Cary PD), Wake County Human Services and Pleasant Grove Church we will serve as site supervisor in Chatham Forest apartments by providing healthy meals and recreational activities for the children of the community.
Mark Your Calendar
We'll be starting on June 8th with a big kick-off party with food, crafts, various sport games, fire truck, K-9 unit and music and then twice a week, on Tuesdays and Fridays evening we will be there to distribute healthy meals to any child 18 years old and younger, for free!
I want to clarify, this is not giving out non-perishable food items, this is feeding children with nutritious meals, freshly prepared by our friends and sponsors at Pleasant Grove Church.
How It Works
Our job would be to set up tables, distribute the meals, monitor to make sure all of the food is consumed at the site and offer recreational activities. Oh, and the clean-up of course.
Every other Friday we will also host a cookout for anyone in the community, any adult who decide to stop by for a freshly grilled burger or a hotdog! There is no better way to get to know people, their life situation and their needs than by sharing a meal together!
You might of heard somebody said: “People don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care”
Jesus in his earthly ministry would often meet people’s needs first and then shared the truth of the Kingdom of God. And we want to follow his example.
So our hope is that through being in the community, serving with meals and recreational activities, we’ll get to know its residents, their needs and struggles, and be able to continue to develop relationships with them after the summer is over.
I invite you to pray that from this summer meal program, many other opportunities arise like helping the youth with school, teaching ESL, career counseling and others. Most importantly, I hope we will have the opportunity to pray for people we serve and perhaps see them as part of our church family.
We Need Your Help!
It’s an ambitious endeavor and we do need many volunteers. To signup, CLICK HERE and commit to serve at one or all of the 20 events throughout the summer. Best way actually would be to connect with your Community Group and participate together in sharing the love of Jesus. We believe this is perfect opportunity for each CG to stay engaged in doing good while taking a break from regular meetings this summer!
God bless you!