Friday, July 11, 2014
Every summer, First Baptist Church in Georgetown leads family mission trips across the country.
But this summer, their typical mission trip is going to be more of a mission “staycation.”
“This year we are doing a major renovation to an existing building on our campus, and we felt like that was a sign our church needed to stay home and love our community,” said Rev. Keith Wall, associate pastor, who has been organizing the mission efforts.
The week of July 14 to 18, the whole church congregation, around 200 members, will be working across the community as part of the project, what they’re calling “All in! All out!”
“I felt like the renovation was taking our church from generations past to generations future, and that really includes everyone. Let’s all be in, and let’s all get out. It kind of stuck,” Wall said.
A variety of service projects will encompass the mission effort.
First Baptist will be hosting a backyard Bible club at the Beck Recreation Center field in the mornings for children in the community.
The children will have an opportunity to experience multiple activities including games, music, sports and crafts.
In the afternoons, the same group of volunteers will be taking cookies and spending time with residents of nursing homes and assisted living centers.
Meanwhile, a different group of volunteers will be working to repair roughly a dozen homes and yards in the greater Georgetown community.
He said they asked the City of Georgetown for names of people in need of assistance, and church members also drove through neighborhoods and knocked on doors to identify people in need.
They will be doing landscaping work, home repairs and basic construction.
Some parts of the repair project couldn’t wait; the congregation has already built a wheelchair ramp on a woman’s home and removed a tree in another person’s yard. “They needed to be addressed, it was a danger,” Wall said.
First Baptist will also be running a food drive to benefit Helping Hands. Members will be going door to door in historic Georgetown and surrounding communities, leaving empty donation bags and flyers.
On July 17, food donations should be left in the bags outside a participant’s home for church volunteers to pick up.
Wall said those wishing to participate in the food drive who are not part of the canvassed area can drop their donations off at First Baptist Church, 219 Cleland Street.
“All in! All out!” was made possible through First Baptist’s community auction in April, according to Wall.
The auction raised more than $9,000, and the funds were used to buy supplies for the mission effort.
And they’re not just working in Georgetown – in partnership with Duncan Memorial United Methodist Church, the volunteers will also be doing some work in Murrells Inlet and Pawleys Island.
“We’re going to touch the lives of 600 to 1,000 people by the time it’s all over,” Wall said. “Just one touch and spread the word.
“First Baptist Church has been here for 300 years and we’re not going anywhere, but we constantly need to let the community know that we love them and that we’re here.
“We’re all in, all out and loving them.”