“Don’t go to church. Be the church!”
On a Sunday each year, a growing number of congregations leave their building to be Jesus’ hands and feet in countless community projects. What started in 2010 with Woodside Church in Yardley is mushrooming into a movement of congregations.
The movement engages all ages in projects that bless local communities. In a single day, they stock pantries, deliver books to inner-city-school libraries, clean up the environment, lead worship for people in recovery, make meals for the homebound, build shelters for the homeless, sew dresses for Haiti, and so much more. Pastor Doug says, “The church is a sleeping giant. On this day you literally see it wake up and get to work!” In the evening Christians from different denominations gather together for worship in various places. It truly is a taste of heaven.
The day is really the culmination of several weeks of prayer, Bible reading, sermons, and small-group Bible studies. As we read about Jesus and the apostles loving the lost and healing the hurting, momentum builds toward the day when we go out and follow in his steps.
Our theme this past year was “The Burning Bush Project: The Church Has Left the Building.” Based on the book of Acts, we explored how to live outside assumptions, barriers, fears, materialism, conflict, rejection, self-centeredness and the temptation to crawl back into the box of the church building. God wants us out in the world! Let’s get out of our box and love the world in Jesus’ Name!
2016 CHLTB Overview
Check out what we were able to accomplished in th video below when we went out into the community this past year and helped our neighbors!
Come back as we look forward to doing this again in the fall of 2017. More information to coming in late spring of 2017!