From pews to paintbrushes

By: Stephanie Brletic Email
By: Stephanie Brletic Email

SHERMAN, Tex. -- Church goers often gather inside a church for Sunday services, but Sunday one local church scrapped services and hit the streets to help the community.

Sherman Bible Church decided the holiday weekend was a perfect time to do some community service. The congregation designated Sunday as "the church has left the building,” and they did just that with paint brushes in hand.

"You've got to live out your faith and that's what we're trying to do," says Dennis Henderson, the church’s lead pastor.

For about 400 Sherman Bible members, living out their faith meant taking their Sunday morning worship outside the walls of the church. Instead of going to a church service, they decided to perform acts of service: painting a house, landscaping a school, or sprucing up a park.

Henderson says this is the first year for the event.

"That's pretty exciting on a holiday weekend to do it too. So, this is kind of our learning curve, we'll get some of the bugs worked out," he says.

Henderson says the church usually has three services each Sunday, with about 800 people in attendance. He says “the church has left the building" project lets people to connect what they read in the Bible to daily life. His inspiration for this event came while teaching the book of James.

"We've been doing the book of James in study, which is the book about working and showing your faith by your works. So, I said, let's put it into action."

In teams of 25 they worked, motivated by their faith. They are acts that took the focus off of themselves for four hours and help those less fortunate in the process.

"This is just something that's on my heart to do. It's part of being a Christian. We don't do it to be saved. We just do it as an out-pouring of our love that we've received and so it's just a natural thing,” says Doug Myers, a church member volunteering.

This may have been the first year for the project, but Henderson says he knows it won't be the last. He hopes both to make this an annual event and to see his congregation continue to give back throughout the year.

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