In the Gospel of Mark Jesus said the second greatest command (next to Love the Lord your God) is to love your neighbor as yourself. We, as a church, are called to love the people of our city, to love our neighbor as ourselves. However, most of the time we are not looking for ways to follow this command. Sometimes this is simply because we do not know who, where and how. Thankfully Charlotte is filled with ministries who are laboring day after day to serve our neighbors. Here is a list of simple ways you, your family or a group of friends can connect with our neighbors in need and fulfill the second greatest command in the Bible.
Be a Lunch Buddy
Brookstone School (which is located two blocks from Uptown Church) is always looking for more lunch buddies. It’s simple, rewarding and only takes 30 minutes. Get to know one of the students over your lunch break at least once a month. Contact Laura Townsend at 704.392.6330.
The Urban Ministry Center serves 800 sandwiches everyday for lunch. Help offset their costs by participating in Operation Sandwich. A small group of friends, your life group or just your family can make all or a portion of their daily needs. Contact the volunteer coordinator at 704.926.0610.
Charlotte Rescue Mission is a Christ Centered resident addiction recovery program. Help encourage the men and serve them dinner. Contact Andria Tindall at 704.334.4635 ext. 214
Host a baby Shower
The Pregnancy Resource Center provides support to women and families affected by unplanned pregnancy. Host a baby shower with friends and family to collect much needed baby items. Contact the volunteer coordinator at 980.224.8357
If light construction is your thing Love Inc. connects volunteers with neighbors in the areas who need work on their homes. They have opportunities for all skill levels including yard work, painting up to building projects. Contact Chris Litaker at 704.536.8903.
Lois’ Lodge provides a home environment for women and families experiencing unplanned pregnancy. Help create a healthy and positive environment by providing a clean home and office. Contact Valerie Elswick at 704.332.4024.
Teach a Craft
InReach provides housing, employment and community services for people with intellectual, developmental and other disabilities. A great way to get involved is to host a craft night, teach a new hobby or movie night. Contact Kelly Perez at firstname.lastname@example.org or 704-536-6661, ext. 401.
There are many different ways to serve the ministries listed here. Feel free to contact them or visit their websites for other ideas. Either way, take some time this month to love your neighbor as yourself. For even more mercy ministry information and to hear how Uptown Church seeks to be a loving neighbor, check out the mercy ministry page on our website.
Author: Rev. Wes Andrews