Saturday, July 15, 2017

Prayer Service: 9 – 10AM

 Serve Times: 10AM – 2PM

This year Serve Day is a Global Event.  It is your opportunity to join with thousands of believers and churches across our country and around the world with one goal in mind; to be the hands and feet of Jesus to our communities by serving them Christ’s love in practical ways.

Hundreds will gather on Saturday July 15, 2017 here at South Coast Church from 9 -10am for a dynamic prayer service then we will all launch out into our city and surrounding communities and show the love of Christ in real and tangible ways.

We are encouraging every small group to choose a Serve project of your own that you can do together as a group on Serve Day.  If you and your group are looking for some ideas then please take a few moments to check out some of the suggested project ideas below.  These are just suggestions, so please be as creative as you want to be!  The main thing is to discuss it as a group and to select something where all group members can participate. Remember, the most important part of SERVE Day is to be the hands and feet of Jesus to our communities by serving them Christ’s love in practical ways.


SCC Serve Opportunities:

LifeSouth Blood Donation

The LifeSouth Blood Bus will be at our West Mobile campus from 10:00 A.M. – 1:00 P.M. to accept blood donations.  Every donation saves three lives!  Any one 17 and older can donate, and 16-year-olds must have parent consent.

Municipal Park Outreach

We will be handing out cold waters and At the Movie invite cards to individuals and helping clean up the park for the Mobile community.

Semmes Park Outreach

We will be handing out cold waters and At the Movie invite cards to individuals and helping clean up the Semmes Community Playground and Semmes Splash Pad.

Semmes Senior Center

We will be power washing, cleaning out flower beds, and making other improvements to help senior citizens in the Semmes community.


PROJECT IDEAS

Begin by asking your small group members the following questions. Hopefully, the answers will help you develop a project that is a perfect fit for your group.

• Who in your neighborhood has a need?
• What business or organization within your sphere of influence could use a blessing?
• What project types best suit your group’s ages and abilities? (prayer, worship, teaching, physical labor, etc.)

General Ideas

• Host a free garage sale
• Bring free lunches to construction workers and servicemen in your area
• Give out free water bottles at a local park
• Clean up a widow’s or single mom’s yard
• Give out free sunscreen at a city park or beach
• Plan a “Back to School Bash” for foster care children. Have free food, games, and a backpack/school supply giveaway
• Give out free donuts and coffee at bus stop or shopping center
• Host a free car wash for the faculty
• Minor car repairs for elderly, widows and/or single mom’s
• Kids host a free kids toys and games garage sale
• Kids host a free lemonade stand

Nursing Homes

• Deliver fresh flowers to the residents
• Host a worship service at a nursing home (offer worship, devotions, prayer, and fellowship)
• Throw a “Senior Prom” complete with live music, food, and decorations
• Landscape a flower garden and sitting area for resident
• Have kids make crafts (necklaces, wooden crosses) that can be given to residents
• Distribute chips and sodas to residents & employees (check with staff on food restrictions)
• Tea Party
• Help the residents complete care packages for foster kids

College

• Band: Serve free drinks or snacks at their practices
• Sports teams: Serve free bottled water at their practices
• Give away free mechanical pencils or energy drinks to college students
• Host a free picnic in the quad.
• Give out free donuts and coffee on the quad

Special Needs/Youth Home

• Identify a family with a special needs child and give the family a Mom & Dad’s day out
• Adopt a group home for the day and throw a party for the residents
• Build a wheelchair ramp for handicapped
• Organize a field day for a group youth home

Street Outreach

• Serve hot breakfast for the homeless in your community
• Do a community trash clean up
• Host a “Block Party” with free food, games, music, etc. for families
• Renovate a run-down playground or park in the area
• Do a door-to-door grocery giveaway
• Have a “Free Grass Cutting” day

Hospitals

• Serve free coffee, energy drinks, and snacks to staff and those waiting in the emergency room
• Give out healthy snacks to patients of chemotherapy
• Deliver small gifts to patients and families in the children’s ward (toys, care packages, etc)
• Prayer visits with patients and those in emergency room
• Take care-packages with snacks, sweets and small gift items (lotions, magazines, puzzles etc.) to families of hospitalized children.

Business/Service Organizations/Public Servicemen

• Wash windows
• Trash pick-up in parking lot
• Coral shopping carts to designated spaces
• Cook Lunch for your local police or fire station

Recommended Readings

For further inspiration you and your groups can get more ideas from these great books:

Servolution by Dino Rizzo
• Conspiracy of Kindness by Steve Sjogren
• The Cause Within You by Matthew Barnett
• When Helping Hurts by Steve Corbett & Brian Fikkert


SERVE Day Questions

What is SERVE Day?

SERVE Day is our annual outreach event that closes out our Summer Small Group Semester. It is an amazing opportunity to bless and be blessed. Hundreds go out into our communities and show the love of Christ in real and tangible ways. We encourage every small group to choose a project of their own and be the hands and feet of Jesus on SERVE Day.

SERVE Day 2016 is scheduled for July 16, 2016.

I want to participate in SERVE Day but I am not in a small group. How do I find a small group?

Most groups are open to new members throughout the semester. Our Small Groups Directory can help you find a group that fits your interest, location and time preference. Learn more about small groups at www.southcoastmobile.com/smallgroups.

What if I don’t have a project selected and my small group wants to SERVE?

Hopefully, you have selected something to do together, but if you are in need of an idea, you can check out our list of ideas on this page for ways to get involved or you can attend our prayer service from 9 – 10am on Saturday July 16 and get plugged into a group going out into the community there.

How do I plan a SERVE project?

Get creative! Assess people and their needs in your neighborhood and around your community. Perhaps there is a widow, single mother, or elderly person that could be assisted by painting their house, cutting grass, or cleaning up the yard. Firefighters, police officers, school resource officers, nursing home residents, assisted living homes, and local business owners are all great people to reach out to and find a way to SERVE!

Should I communicate to the Church which SERVE day project our group is planning?

Yes, we definitely would like know about what project your group is participating in.  Please email Small Groups Pastor Rhett Barden at rhett@southcoastmobile.com with your Serve Day project ideas.

Who pays the costs associated with our small group’s SERVE project (supplies, travel expenses, etc.)?

Each small group is responsible for all of the supplies and costs associated with their SERVE project. Spend time determining the scope of your project and plan work based on your group size and commitment level.

What should I bring on SERVE day?

Plan on bringing any personal items you may need, like your SERVE Day T-shirt (available at SCC after prayer service), sunscreen, drinking water, tennis shoes, a hat, etc., along with any items pertaining to your service project such as rakes, gloves, lawnmowers, tarps, work tools, etc. For projects requiring physical labor, work clothes are a good idea. We recommend not wearing jewelry.

Will the church be communicating additional details about SERVE Day?

Weekly emails will be sent to all small group leaders and co-leaders, and general information will be communicated here on this site. More info may be presented during Sunday services prior to SERVE Day.

What if it rains?

If you have an outside project, make plans to have an inclement weather option in mind. Some suggestions are to visit a nursing home, serve at a local service organization, or clean classrooms at a local school.

Will there be SERVE projects available for those NOT in a small group?

Yes, we will have one or more large SERVE projects at South Coast Church for you to join in on and participate with on SERVE day.

Who can I contact with questions or concerns?

Email us at info@southcoastmobile.com