“Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink?”
We can do simple acts of mercy every day. These acts do not depend on wealth, ability, or intelligence; they are simple acts freely given and freely received. We have no excuse to neglect those who have deep needs, and we should not think that these responsibilities belong only to churches or the government. Jesus demands our personal involvement in caring for others’ needs.
Church Has Left the Building (CHLB) is a day to leave the pews of our church and to bless Brazos County through hands-on service (being the hands and feet of Jesus).
We join God in His current mission right here in our own backyard. CHLB provides an excellent opportunity to look for God’s leading and boldly obey Him.
“Don’t do church – Be the church.” We turn our focus to others rather than ourselves by serving side-by-side in our community. Through these actions, God tells us that through the power of the Holy Spirit, we will grow in fellowship and spiritual commitment, while demonstrating the love of Christ to our neighbors. CHLB moves us beyond just talking about our faith to putting our faith into action, not as a token or a one day effort, but to help others experience joy through serving and therefore, for service to become part of the DNA of our church and our people.
Meeting needs in the community and sharing the love of Jesus are intricately woven together in CHLB. Instead of just telling our community to come to our church, CHLB is an intentional outreach focus to take the church to the people through acts of service and love. Our faith calls us to love God and to love our neighbors as ourselves. Service is an outflow of loving our neighbors.
CHLB is an opportunity to invite un-churched friends and community members to serve alongside us. Through this unique serving opportunity we hope to develop friendships, engage in spiritual discussions, foster spiritual commitment, and help new believers become fully devoted followers of Christ.
WHAT IS CHLB?
Church Has Left the Building (CHLB) is a day when we leave the pews of our church and bless Brazos County through hands-on service. (being the hands and feet of Jesus Christ, 2 Corinthians 5:14-21)
What: Local Missions/Community Service Day
Who: Christ UMC Members Age 5+
How: Identifying Community Service Projects Through Brazos County & Go Do Them!
Why: Reach Out across Brazos County to spread the love of Jesus Christ, Glorify God and engage all Christ UMC Members in local mission.
When: Sunday, October 18th
HOW DO I GET INVOLVED?
There are three ways to participate in CHLB Sunday; join a “COVID-19 Team Project”, participate in your current Small Group’s “Small Team Project” or join a “Not-So Big Project”
WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A “COVID-19 PROJECT”, A “SMALL TEAM PROJECT” AND A “NOT-SO BIG PROJECT”?
“COVID-19 TEAM” PROJECTS:
These are team projects with minimal (or no) physical contact. Once a “COVID-19 Team” is assembled, the members will “meet” and discuss their work projects via email, phone or Zoom (whichever is preferred). Teams will be created through sign-up on the CUMC website under CHLB. The Project can be determined by the team or one can be selected from the “COVID-19 Project” list. Project budget $500. Target team size: 15-20 members. Sign-up here
“SMALL GROUP” PROJECTS:
Existing Christ UMC small groups such as Sunday School classes, bible study classes, and other Christ UMC ministries are asked to develop and nominate their own community service project with a budget of $500. A Team Leader will be determined by the small group. Small Team Nomination Form
“NOT-SO BIG PROJECTS":
Larger community service projects will be defined projects that are intended for Christ UMC Members currently not in a small group. Click here for a list of projects. Project Leaders are provided and the team size will vary with the task (in accordance with Christ UMC COVID-19 Protocols). The budget for these projects can vary according to the tasks. Sign up here.
HOW DO I START A “SMALL TEAM PROJECT”?
The first step is for your existing group to decide to do a project. The second step is to determine what your group wants to do as a project. The third step is to develop and nominate your project and submit a Small Team Nomination Form
Christ UMC will provide up to $500 reimbursement for each Small Team’s project. Your team’s imagination is the limit for what to do, the only requirement is to be service oriented and be able to show the love of Christ in your actions.
HOW DO I SIGN UP FOR A “NOT-SO BIG PROJECT”?
To sign up for a “Not-So Big Project”, simply click here. Information on each “Not-So Big Project” is available on the sign-up page along with what will be required of each participant. “Not-So Big Projects” involve relational activities as well as construction related projects. Also included is contact information for the Project Lead, should you have additional questions.
WHAT DO I NEED TO BRING TO WORK ON A “SMALL TEAM PROJECT” OR A “NOT-SO BIG PROJECT”?
All materials and equipment will be provided by the Team Leader, for all scheduled projects. In addition, lunch, water and toilet facilities will be provided for all activities.
WHY IS THERE A “COVID-19 TEAM PROJECT”?
In light of COVID-19, these projects are intended for those that are not ready to be around large groups of people or desire to remain home as much as possible. The “COVID-19 Team Projects” involve no in-person meetings and no physical contact with the recipients.
IS CHILDCARE PROVIDED AND WHAT IS THE MINIMUM AGE FOR MY CHILDREN?
Childcare will be provided for age 4 and below at Christ UMC Children’s Ministry and Nursery. Childcare Sign-up is required for a good headcount and completion of a Medical Release Form is also required. Sign-up by clicking here. Childcare will open at 8:30 am and close at 2:30 pm. Children in Childcare will be served a pizza lunch and will participate in scheduled children activities.
Children, age 5 and above, should plan to accompany their parents on a “Not-So Big Project”, “Small Team Project” or “COVID-19 Team Project”, as appropriate.
WHAT ARE SOME IDEAS FOR “SMALL TEAM PROJECTS”?
Your team’s imagination is the limit for what projects your Small Team undertakes. Some examples (prior permission and arrangements are necessary):
- Conduct clothing drive for single mons
- Plan a landscaping project for an elderly neighbor
- Write letters and send packages for our troops
- Collect toys and school supplies for a homeless shelter
- Deliver cookies/snacks to elderly neighbors
- Connect with senior citizens
- Provide cookies to local police and fire fighters
- Set up a children’s library at a local hospital
- Free washateria day
- Free car washes at local car wash
- Bottled water handout
- Clean our gutters in neighborhood
- Landscaping a local small church
WHAT IS THE SCHEDULE FOR CHLB DAY?
Sunday, October 18th
8:45 am Nursery for Children 4 and Under Opens
9:00 am All CHLB Participants Gather at CHRIST UMC Parking Lot
9:15 am Travel to Projects
9:30 am All Projects Begin
Noon Groups Eat Lunch and have a Devotional Together
2:00 pm All Projects Finish. End with Prayer
2:30 pm Childcare Closes