Since Lift Church is a new church plant, I sometimes struggle with how to juxtapose where we currently sit against our huge vision for the future. Dreams of a community centre and coffee shop open to the public, hundreds of youth, thousands of people giving their lives to Christ and serving this community together overshadow our current reality! Although we certainly do not despise the day of our small beginnings, it’s difficult to figure out how we can make a lasting difference in our community.
We recently heard about an amazing project called “CityServe,” and its goal to transform our city together through service. It seeks to ELEVATE what’s already being done in Christian churches throughout our city, ENGAGE civic leaders and other influencers to identify needs, and to ESTABLISH an annual city-wide serving month which elevates the name of Jesus through making a huge impact.
What a perfect way for our church to be a part of something much bigger than what we could do on our own! Throughout the month of October, churches of every denomination are working on projects all over the region.
We found a need we could meet at the PCYC in Windale.
This club offers all sorts of programs like archery, gymnastics, boxing, judo, and more. The huge facility houses multiple meeting rooms, an outdoor skate park, and a community garden. The problem is that the building is in disrepair. The PCYC lacks the funds to be able to make needed upgrades; and, the amount of manpower needed to clean up the place just doesn’t exist at the moment. When we came to offer a hand and some finances to spruce up the place, we were readily received!
Graffiti has overtaken almost every blank wall space outside. And, over time, the club has collected so many “extra” items, that the indoor storage was overrun with rubbish. We spent about 60 man hours painting a massive concrete wall at the entrance to the club. This first impression was quite un-inviting before but now looks clean and fresh.
We also hired a skip bin to remove a lot of the un-needed items which had filled some of the storage space. Our team quickly filled it to the brim and everyone associated with the club is so happy to have the breathing room inside the facility.
Although there are many more projects to be completed around the PCYC (and we can’t wait to come back and do more), we are so happy to get the ball rolling in the right direction. Our church willingly served and gave up their Sunday afternoon. We had a BBQ and fun time hanging out afterwards. I love the culture we are building into the foundation of our church that puts others before ourselves and seeks to shine the light of Christ into our city. I pray no matter how large we grow, we always have more vision than we have resource to make a difference and keep moving forward. The best is yet to come!