Throughout Greater Boston, Christians are joining together to impact our city in many different ways on a daily basis. I know it is happening, but I see only a small glimpse when these acts of service and outreach touch my daily life. By sharing what God is doing in and through our neighboring churches and ministries, my hope is that we will better unite the Christian community in Greater Boston through the shared experiences of exchanging ideas, joining together in praise, and learning from one another. If you are interested in contributing about what God is doing in your neighborhood please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Back to School Festival
by Alex Grant, Community Development Director Hope Fellowship Church
For several years, Hope Fellowship Church has been supporting with families getting ready for the school year through an annual celebration. The Back to School Festival developed with the intention to help children in need of school supplies, including backpacks, notebooks and writing utensils. In addition, the August event provides community info for parents including details and representatives from after school programs, health and legal resources as well as those programs Hope offers (monthly meals, ESL classes, children’s ministry, ministry for the homeless). With food, fun and fellowship, the Back to School Festival is an event that families regularly look forward to. How many families?
Each year, we serve over 250 families and give out hundreds of backpacks (700 this year). And while some receive the free gift and leave, many stay to enjoy the bbq, games and rides offered. One of many blessings this year was the weather staying dry til 5 minutes after the last family left. Amen!
Why does Hope do this each year? It is one opportunity for Christians to answer the call to serve those in need. And what a blessed gift being able to serve truly is. If you would like to answer that call or have questions on how your group can host a similar event, feel free to contact me at email@example.com.