Yesterday was my first Sunday at Grace Fellowship Church in Johnson City, TN. I had been in the office last week getting settled in as well. All I can say is that I’m stoked to be back in full time Youth Ministry and to be here at GFC!
My 1st Sunday here was quite an experience. For the past 3 years, Grace has done what they call ECHO Sunday. The premis of the Sunday experience is not to be here at the church for “normal” worship services but to spend the morning, about 4 hours, in the community serving various organizations and people. The idea is to “ECHO” God’s love to a lost and hurting world.
There were service teams at Mountain View Elementary School, the Boys & Girls Club, battered women’s shelter, Ronald McDonald House, homeless shelters, Children’s Hospital, on campus at ETSU, etc. Over 500 GFCers were showing the love of Christ to our community through acts of service.
The children and families were able to participate in ECHO Sunday as well. They came to the church campus to ECHO Village and the kids traveled to different stations in one of our auditoriums, passport in hand, complete different activities and earning stickers for their passports. These activities weren’t just little kiddy activities. They were interactive, service focused activities that allowed them to demonstrate God’s love:
- They filled backpacks with school supplies for under privileged children
- They put laundry detergent into ziploc baggies for less fortunate families
- They decorated pillowcases with pictures and messages of God’s love for the homeless shelter
- They put coloring packets together for kids at Children’s Hospital