POTTSTOWN, Pa.—Seeing groups and families serve together was one of the highlights of Branch Life Church’s Serve Day. Sixty-five members of BLC’s core team served in five community-focused service projects over Labor Day weekend. The Serve Day initiative included a neighborhood block party, two car washes benefiting local children’s charities, a baseball field restoration project, and canvassing for a crisis pregnancy center.
BLC, striving to be known for radical generosity toward its community, mobilizes its Branch Groups for outreach and service. While the Serve Day efforts were a coordinated effort, it was essential to Scott Greening, groups pastor, that each of the projects be attainable for individual groups. Learning to serve together and make connections with the community is vital to BLC’s groups strategy.
Families serving together was also crucial. Children as young as age 3 participated in various projects. BLC seeks to engage all ages in service projects and desires to teach kids and adults the importance of engaging others in word and deed with Christ’s love.
The church celebrated the efforts with a tailgate party, with the church family bringing food to share. Several guests also got connected with BLC for the first time during the celebration.
The Serve Day initiative happened a week before BLC’s fall kick-off, so during Serve Day, hundreds of people were invited to BLC’s services the next weekend. BLC is celebrating that over 20 first- or second-time guests attended the worship service the following weekend. The church just launched in the spring of this year after receiving a Start Up grant from Regular Baptist Baptist Builders Club and is working hard to cultivate relationships with guests to share the gospel or strengthen people’s connection with Christ.