Go and Serve
"Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms." 1 Peter 4:10
At. St. Andrews-Covenant Presbyterian Church we endeavor to equip people, and provide people opportunities, to go and serve. This may mean connecting our people to opportunities to serve in the church, or perhaps somewhere in our community, or even in other parts of the world. In all cases, we're a church that seeks to serve. Read on to find out how you may be able to serve God through serving others.
Serve in the Church
Life at SACPC is more than a Sunday morning service. We offer a variety of worship services, ministries, and programs for all ages - and all of them need many helping hands to carry out.
Serve in the Community
Like many cities, our citizens suffer from homelessness, drug addictions, loneliness, despair and perhaps more importantly, unfamiliarity with Jesus Christ. We hope to change that.
Serve in the World
We're Christians, called to make disciples of all nations. We do that through loving service to people in other cities, states, and countries far from home. We want the world to know we're Christians by our love.
Learning to Serve
We all know that millions of children around the world, including in the United States, are suffering physically, materially, and emotionally and are unable to reach their full potential. Most of us conclude that we cannot do anything significant to help the impoverished children living in our own backyards, let alone those living in the slums of Nairobi or the hinterlands of Haiti. We can, however, do much to improve their lives materially and spiritually. Through praying, giving generously, sponsoring children, volunteering with aid organizations, living more simply, investing and shopping more prudently, and advocating more zealously in the political arena, we can make a difference. We can prod politicians, business executives, and church leaders to prioritize aiding destitute children. We can support one of the hundreds of organizations that are working effectively to help indigent children have better lives.
Gary and Jane’s varied experiences in actually working with destitute individuals and families and at-risk youth led them to publish Suffer the Children: How We Can Improve the Lives of Impoverished Children (Cascade Books, 2017). Suffer the Children describes the plight of poor children and provides many practical ways we can participate in one of the most important crusades to improve our world. Ben David, District Attorney for New Hanover and Pender Counties, whose work is featured in Suffer the Children, says, “The requirement to ‘do justice, love mercy and walk humbly’ is not only a great mission statement for prosecutors, it is a command for us all."
The SACPC Mission Fund
The SACPC Mission Fund has been created to offer financial assistance to SACPC members seeking to join in a mission trip or other opportunity to serve in Jesus’ name. It is available to SACPC members of all ages participating in a SACPC-organized opportunity, or in an opportunity organized by a group other than SACPC. SACPC members can even organize their own opportunities to serve in Jesus’ name (be sure to invite others to join you!). The hope is for SACPC members to “GO & SERVE” and the purpose of the SACPC Mission Fund is to support members as they do so. Contact the office to inquire about Mission Fund support.