First United Methodist Church, 2123 Forest Ave, Great Bend, will not have worship at 10:30 a.m. this Sunday. Instead, members invite the community to join them for “Church without Walls,” as they leave the church building and move out into the community with various service projects.
This is in conjunction with the Great Plains Conference, “Hands on the Great Plains”; and the United Methodist “Change the World” weekend.
The morning will begin with a full congregational worship at 8:30 a.m. Following worship, teams will be formed and sent into mission. At noon, there will be a fellowship dinner of pulled pork and baked beans at the church. A freewill offering will be taken at the meal to offset the cost of Andrea Maxwell’s mission to Nicaragua in the month of June.
“There will be something for everyone,” said Carolyn Maxwell, Volunteer in Mission team leader. “For instance, I will help people who are not physically able to work outdoors, or to stand for long periods, put together UMCOR Birth Kits that will be used in developing nations, and May baskets that will be delivered to shut-ins in our community.” United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) provides home birthing kits that greatly increase infant survival when mothers are forced to deliver at home because of economic condition.
In addition, the church will work at the homes of two elderly citizens, work at the Dream Center/ Family Life Center, and work with the City of Great Bend sprucing up Heizer Park.
“School children at Riley Elementary have been invited to join us for soccer, singing and other games at Heizer Park,” said Kelsey Glynn, Engage Team leader at the church. “The public is invited and encouraged to join First with any part of Sunday’s activities, as we engage our community for Jesus.”