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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  • by Melissa Location: Sherman on Jul 8, 2008 at 02:32 PM
    My family and I also enjoyed the project and the fellowship with others. I can't wait for the next project. God has blessed us with so much and it is a true blessing to be able to help others with a little hard work and effort. Look at what God did for us by sending his Son to die for our sins and to provide us with Grace and the chance to store our Treasures in Heaven and not on Earth. I hope that you can join us next time Kelly.
  • by Michael Location: Sherman on Jul 8, 2008 at 07:16 AM
    This was such a fun project. I hope that we do it again next year. Kelly, we also had a support team, people with very small children, and the elderly that would have had a hard time in the heat, not to mention vacations and the fact that it was a holiday weekend when attendance is down because people travel to family events and such... hope you join us next time!
  • by Alicia on Jul 7, 2008 at 09:53 PM
    What an awesome way to show your faith!
  • by Mother Teresa Location: Sherman on Jul 7, 2008 at 02:12 PM
    To miss negative kelly...where were you? Were you out helping anyone or were you just sitting around lurking on the internet for something to complain about online as usual.
  • by kelly on Jul 7, 2008 at 01:12 PM
    where were the other 400 members.....
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