“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.