The Church at Severn Run in Severn, Maryland, recently had their monthly Leave Your Seat Sunday. There was a morning worship service available, but the church also offered members a chance to go and serve in the church and community.
That month’s opportunities included washing cars, cleaning up an area on the church property, and sorting and folding donated clothing for giveaways.
One group, including 26 adults and eight children, went offsite and teamed up with Marley Glen School in Anne Arundel County. According to the school’s website, it serves approximately 150 students. It provides a half-day preschool program for students with or without disabilities and a full-day program for students ages 5 to 21 with moderate to severe disabilities and special needs.
Lending a hand
The church asked the school staff to make a wish list on Amazon and then church members bought and donated the items for the classrooms. On Leave Your Seat Sunday, volunteers then delivered the items and set them up as needed.
They also lent a hand with cleaning, freshening, painting and other jobs to help teachers and to make the school environment a bit cheerier.
Some of the team prepped and painted brick walls white and some classroom doors bright blue.
Others helped cut laminated materials for teachers. “We even had projects for kids to do. They painted rocks for a rock garden, and they washed sensory toys,” said Allison Fournier, who oversees the church’s kids ministry. Fournier, the team leader for the offsite group, also serves with The Banquet Network.
EDITOR’S NOTE — This article was originally published by the Baptist Convention of Maryland/Delaware.