NEWTON, NJ – The congregation of Christ Community Church will be attending a different kind of service on Sunday, Nov 15. As they do each year, the members of the church have a Faith in Action Sunday.
Instead of attending a regular worship service, they go out into the community and worship God by serving others according to Pastor Frank. “Our emphasis is that we don’t only want to go to church, but we want to BE the church,” said Pastor Frank.
The first Faith in Action Sunday was in April of 2008. They approached the town manager to see how they could best give back to the community. The first project was to move mounds of munch in the newly renovated Pine Street Park playground.
In the intervening years they have painted the bleachers in Memory Park, planted flowers and picked up trash downtown. They have been doing fall clean up and leaf removal for the past few years, for residents who cannot do it on their own.
The Faith in Action is the inspiration for the township initiative Neighbors Helping Neighbors. “Town Manager Tom Russo took the Faith in Action concept further, opening it to all the community and civic groups with the goal of serving our town together,” said Pastor Frank.
The Faith in Action crew usually numbers 30 to 40 volunteers each year. “Anyone is welcome to join us to serve,” said Pastor Frank.
The group will meet at the church at 9 a.m. for a light breakfast and coffee. They will receive their assignments and go out to serve. A pizza lunch will await the volunteers back at the church at noon.
“We want to give back to and make a difference in our community,” said Pastor Frank. “One small way to do that is by serving however and whenever we can. That’s part of being a good neighbor.”