What is CHLB?
We’ve sung it in church. Christian bands and singers have covered it through the years. The 1960s hymn, “They will know we are Christian by our love,” exemplifies what CHLB is all about. It’s a song based on John 13:35 where Jesus said, “Your love for one another will prove to the world that you are My disciples.”
If you’ve ever participated in UMARMY you will quickly understand why we always say “It’s not about the ramp, or the doors, or the mowing, or the porch” … it is truly about the love of Jesus flowing through the workers that forges relationships between the workers and homeowners. It is a genuine love that can only come from knowing that we are doing God’s work. It is a radiant love that surpasses all other feelings because it is coming from Him.
Church Has Left the Building (CHLB) is a day to leave the pews of our church and share the love of Jesus with the people in our community. It’s a time to serve others in the name of Jesus Christ and in the end, to truly love others as He loves us.
We join God in His vital mission right here in our own backyard. CHLB provides an excellent opportunity to look for God’s lead and obey Him.
This annual event provides an opportunity for all of us who make up Christ UMC to “Be the Church” rather than settling for “Doing Church,” as we turn our focus toward others rather than ourselves by serving side-by-side in our community. With these actions, we fulfill what Jesus said was the Greatest Commandment, which was to “Love God with all our heart, soul, mind and strength, and love our neighbors as ourselves” (Matthew 22:37-39).
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 as a physical expression of our church’s bedrock commitment to actively respond to Jesus’ call to be His witnesses (Acts 1:8) and to do it in such a way that we demonstrate that we are truly “unashamed of the Gospel” (Romans 1:16).
Meeting needs in the community and sharing the love of Jesus Christ 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 and her message to the people through acts of service and love.
CHLB is also an opportunity to invite un-churched friends and community members to serve alongside us. Through this unique missional opportunity we hope to develop friendships, engage in spiritual discussions, foster spiritual commitment, introduce unbelievers to the love of Jesus, 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 the nations in Brazos County through the hands-on service.
What: Local Missions / Community Service Day
When: Sunday, October 24th
9:00 am – 2:00 pm
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 missions.
How Do I Get Involved?
There are two ways to participate in CHLB Sunday; Join a “Big Project” or participate in your current Small Group’s “Small Team Project”.
What Is The Difference Between a Big Project and Small Team Project?
Big Projects are provided for any CHRIST UMC Member that is currently not in a Small Group, Study Group, Service Ministry, Class or any other group underway at CHRIST UMC. These projects will involve 20 – 80 CHRIST UMC Members and provide an opportunity to help many individuals in Brazos County. There are currently 11 Big Projects to review and register for.
Small Team Projects are individual community service projects that have been initiated and planned by the numerous groups underway at CHRIST UMC (for example Small Groups, current Community Service Ministry, Study Group, etc.). This may even be a family or group of family or friends.
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 nominate your project using the Small Team Project Nomination Form.
CHRIST UMC will provide up to $400 reimbursement for each Small Team’s project. Your team’s imagination is the limit for what to do, 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 Big Project and What is Involved?
To sign up for a Big Project, simply click here or go to the CHLB Website on the CHRIST UMC Missions website. Information on each Big Project is available along with what will be required of each participant. Big Projects involve relational activities as well as construction related projects. Also include 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 Big Project?
All materials and equipment will be provide by the Team Leader, for all scheduled Small Team Projects and Big Projects. Also, lunch, water and toilet facilities will be provided for all activities.
Is Childcare Provided and What is the Minimum Age for My Children?
Childcare will be provide for age 4 and below at CHRIST UMC Children’s Ministry and Nursery. Childcare Sign-Up is required for a good headcount and for completion of a Medical Release Form. Childcare Sign-Up and the Childcare Liability & Medical Release Form is available 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 “Family Friendly” Big Project or Small Team Project.
What Are Some Ideas for Small Team Projects?
Your team’s imagination is the limit for what project your Small Team undertakes. The only requirement is to be service oriented, be able to show the love of Christ in your actions and ultimately Glorify God!
Some examples (prior permission and arrangements is necessary); collect household goods for a homeless family, assemble care packages for Twin City Missions homeless, conduct clothing drive for single moms, plan a landscaping project for an elderly neighbor, letter writing campaign for military personnel, collect toys and school supplies for homeless shelter, neighborhood mowing, take flowers to local senior citizen center residents, deliver cookies / snacks to elderly neighbors, provide cookies to local police and fire fighters, set up a children’s library at a local hospital, senior citizen center visit / craft / music, neighborhood soccer game, free washateria day, free car washes (at local car wash), minor home repair projects, etc.
What is the Schedule for the Day of CHLB?
Sunday, October 24th
8:45 am Nursery for Children – 4+ and Under Opens
9:00 am All CHLB Participants Gather @ CHRIST UMC Parking Lot
9:15 am Travel to Projects
9:30 am All Projects Begin
Noon Groups Eat Lunch Together
2:00 pm All Projects Finish. End with Prayer
2:30 pm Childcare Closes