KANSAS CITY — October 22nd couldn’t have been a more beautiful morning. Hundreds of individuals and families from around the Kansas City Metro woke up and instead of putting on their Sunday best, they dressed in work clothes, boots, and gloves; gathered rakes, scissors, knitting needles, and casserole dishes; and drove to church to worship in, well, a different way.
The “Be the Church” campaign started several years ago under the philosophy that an important part of a church community’s worship experience is in getting up and getting out to put faith in action and serve.
In 2017, over 550 individuals from across the Kansas City Metro area went out to serve in over 25 locations including local social service agencies, schools, homeless shelters, transitional housing, and even their own church buildings to rake, pack, cook, clean, demolish, build and play, all with the heart of supporting and encouraging our friends in the community.
“While the work this number of people can accomplish is substantial,” said Jimmy Itczak-McCarty, Director of Missions at Second Presbyterian Church, “it’s incredible to see the awareness that comes through direct exposure to issues here in our community and the inspiration that comes through interaction with those serving at agencies addressing them.”