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Church mission week serves community

  • Saturday, August 1, 2015

The Georgetown First Baptist youth group rallies to pass out water bottles on a Pawleys Island beach. ADDIE LAWRENCE/SOUTH STRAND NEWS

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On July 24, members of the First Baptist Church Georgetown youth group took to the beach, but it wasn’t for a day of fun.

Instead, the young people were handing out bottles of water to beach-goers as part of a church community mission week that spanned all generations of church members, from ages 6 to 90.

“We’re here because we’re on a mission of God,” said John Bradham, a church member and student at Georgetown Middle School. “We feel like handing out this water is what God would do.”

Ministry Support Leader Morgan Kelly leads youth worship at the church, and on July 24, he led the youth team across the beach on the south end of Pawleys Island.

“The reason we do this is to hopefully share the gospel through true blue evangelism … and demonstrate the love of Christ to our community,” Kelly said.

Kelly volunteered in other mission week events by mowing lawns, stocking pantries and power-washing driveways for people in need. He also helped out with a backyard Bible club, a program mixing gospel with games that took place in several community locations.

One of the clubs, held at Maryville Elementary School, hosted 18 kids who danced, played with water guns, slurped up ice pops, made arts and crafts and learned about the Bible. A volunteer, Children’s Ministry Leader Staci Krause, said her work was more than a personal choice.

“I didn’t choose,” she said. “We’re called to … and I just love the kids.”

Fourteen-year-old Ansley Powers also said she had been “called” to volunteer as she handed a water bottle to beach-goer Lisa Nelson.

“We’ve been called through our youth group and through God,” Powers said.

“That’s pretty awesome,” Nelson said, after accepting the water.

The church also collected food for Helping Hands and the Friendship Place, two local programs that assist the needy in Georgetown County.

“We want to show there’s still love in this world,” Powers said.

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