Church lends Charlotte organizations a helping hand during 'Missions Day'
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CHARLOTTE--Gary Greene spent his Sunday morning getting his hands dirty at the Matthews Free Medical Clinic.
"We are normally in church and in Sunday School and in our normal service, but today we're trying to live out our mission in being the heart, feet and hands of Christ and helping out in the community,” said Greene.
With a variety of projects going on all across Charlotte, Greene's been tasked with redoing the clinic's parking spaces.
"Scrubbing that's not successfully working right now! But we're going to get all the blue paint off and new paint on,” he said.
It's a different type of worship. Instead of taking it in, they're giving it back to others.
"It does feel good, but at the same time there's a sense of purpose when you do something like this that's kind of greater than the good feeling you get,” said Greene.
From working on classroom supplies for teachers to making meals for the needy, Pastor Tom Latimer says they're taking their faith to the streets, helping organizations in our community that already do great work.
"Living out our discipleship in God and in Christ is more than writing a check. It is engaging those in need, it is taking our hands and feet to the places where there is need in this world and in our community,” said Latimer.
They want their reach to go beyond the bricks and mortar location on Sardis Road.
"Oftentimes you come to church, you see the same group of people because you're in that Sunday School class, you sit with them in church, so this is going to give you the opportunity to meet new people, to form new relationships,” said Sandy Carson, chair of the church's mission committee.
And they hope by doing their small part they'll inspire others, no matter their faith background.
"We hope this adds to the ripple effect of folks doing the same thing here or anywhere,” said Latimer.
St. Stephen United Methodist Church has been holding missions days for the past two decades on Saturdays, but this is the first time they've held it on a Sunday, in place of a traditional worship service.