Serve

Changing the Meaning of “Church Service”

Bethel CRC in Brockville, Ontario, has left the building. Rather than seeing a mission trip as a mountaintop experience, they are working to build serving into the DNA of the congregation. Students from Bethel have participated in Youth Unlimited’s Serve many times and have taken it home to help reach their own congregation. Pastor Jack Van de […]

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Changed Lives Changing Lives

“His eye is on the sparrow and I know he watches me.”   Words from Betty Bartlett’s favorite song ring true each and every day in her home. Betty, a 72-year-old, cancer-surviving widow expressed her joy as eight high school students painted the cupboards and walls in her warm, loving home. With appreciation in her […]

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What now?

Love Jesus. Love Others. Like the directions on a shampoo bottle; lather, rinse, repeat. “Repeating” asks us to do it again and again. Maybe you heard something like this in grade two: Pete and Repeat were in a boat. Pete fell out and who was left? That could go on and on, my friends. Slightly […]

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Customizing Brings a Crowd

Detroit may be known as the City of Trees or even Hockeytown (did I just hear all of Canada collectively clear their throat?) but it’s the roots of Motown that had over one million people lined up for the Woodward Dream Cruise. Thousands of custom cars lined Woodward Avenue as onlookers admired hotrods, antiques and […]

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Fasting for Serve

My name is John Eigege. I am a church planter from Nigeria working in Houston, Texas. Over the past three years, God has taken my family on a wild ride as we plant a church that connects Houston’s Midtown and Third Ward neighborhoods. These two neighborhoods, separated only by a highway, are polar opposites economically, […]

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My Life’s Work is to Love

In June of 2011, when I was 16 years old, I was the most reluctant person in my youth group to go on a Serve trip. I hated physical labor, and the thought of the Texas heat beating down on me while I worked without pay seemed beyond ridiculous. My parents sent me on the […]

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The Coming Revolution in Missions

“Revolution” is a huge word. It sounds like painted faced warriors crying “freeeeedom”. That’s not what I mean. This is the “revolution” that a wheel takes, a moving forward. It could happen fast or slow but it is happening. If it doesn’t happen, we’re stuck and everyone needs to get out and push, which is […]

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Tiredness – Young Adults as a Solution

My goal, as a pastor to my congregation, is not to reinvent the wheel, but rather to inspire and equip new leadership, to facilitate conversations between young and old, and to help them see Christ’s presence here in my congregation and city. As I had conversations, I began to hear a theme of “tiredness” more […]

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Middle School Serve Testimony

In the summer of 2013, I went on my fifth middle school Serve. It was my seventh Serve in the past five years and my eighth overall. Why do I keep going? As someone who struggles with energy on a regular basis, I can honestly say that a Serve experience is one of the highlights […]

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A Look at Middle School Serve

The relationships and friendships of Serve that last long beyond the summer are just one of the awesome reasons why we, here at Friendship CRC, host middle school Serve year after year. As a Host Team, we seek to provide a time of worship that is authentic and transparent, a worship experience that facilitates the […]

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