On months containing fifth Sundays, First Christian Church in Dighton forgoes the traditional worship service in an effort to give back to their community. On these “Follow the Carpenter” Sundays they meet for a short casual worship service then head out in to the community for an afternoon of mission.
Among the many projects already completed, the church has worked on windows, roofs, and porches for people in the community; yard work, painting fences and cleaning out garages; assembled appreciation bags for teachers, paraprofessionals, and school board members; and many more.
“There’s nothing better than feeling like we’re doing something, even if it is new and scary to try it out,” said Pastor Aerii Smith. “The energy and excitement that comes from each new project and each continued project lasts longer and longer each time we participate in these events. The longer we’re open to mission and service opportunities, the more creative the ideas.”
This is just one of the many mission projects the Dighton church participates in each year among those include:
- Sit and Knit group who made over 30 prayer shawls and 100 scarves for the homeless, survivors of domestic violence, and foster kids in college.
- Partnered with the United Methodist Church for Trunk-or-Treat ministering to over 150 kids and their families
- Provides funds for local kids wanting swimming lessons
- Provide food for deputies and detainees at local jail
- Send college care boxes during finals
- Collect school supplies each summer for the elementary and high schools.
Smith said plans are to continue building relationships in their community and provide support to those in need. “We are here to provide support for them in anyway the community needs us and to make the presence of the Holy Spirit known,” she said.