2014 GPS Day of Service Across Illinois: One day. One heart. One thousand churches that care.
On Saturday, April 12 churches from across Illinois are encouraged to engage in servant evangelism projects in their own communities. Some churches may consider banding together to impact their communities. (What is GPS - God's Plan for Sharing?)
Here are some helpful planning steps:
1) Meet with church leaders in your area to discuss working together.
2) Form a planning team of willing representatives.
3) Meet with city officials (mayor, police chief, school principals) to see what could be done to serve the community. Ask the question, “What are the top three things you need done but don’t have the manpower to do?”
4) Ascertain if there are projects that need to be done for individuals and include them in the list of potential projects.
5) Meet with leaders from partnering churches to:
- Prioritize projects
- Estimate cost of needed materials
- Estimate how many volunteers will be needed for each project and what skill levels will be required.
- Consider how you are going to utilize this opportunity to invite people to your Resurrection Sunday events/worship services (Resurrection Sunday, April 20, is just a week later); maybe invite cards?
6) Contact IBSA’s Evangelism office to request North American Mission Board funds to help with project costs.
7) Plan a celebration service on Saturday evening to celebrate the day of service. Plan to invite all that served and their families, the people that were served, and city/community officials. Have designated photographers/videographers capture people serving so that a video or slideshow can be prepared for that Saturday evening celebration service.
8) Volunteers should invite their lost/unchurched friends to come serve along side of them during the Day of Service. They then should make sure they know about the celebration service that all volunteers are going to.
Project Ideas (shared from www.gps2020.net):
Collect canned food for a local food pantry.
Provide ground maintenance for community soccer or baseball fields.
Repair school playground equipment.
Make over a room in a local school.
Collect clothing for a prison transition program, job corps or family-care center.
Host a barbeque for local firefighters, police or city maintenance crews.
Identify single moms, elderly or shut-ins who need assistance with home, yard or auto maintenance.
For more information, contact Tim Sadler at (217) 391- 3131 or TimSadler@IBSA.org.