SERVE Day

Saturday July 13, 2019

Loving as we’ve been loved. Serving as we’ve been served.

What Is Serve Day?

Serve Day is our annual outreach event that closes our Summer Small Group Semester. It is an exciting opportunity for us, the local church, to go into our communities and love our neighbors. This summer, whether through a Small Group or by joining a Serve Day project, come be a part of serving our communities and sharing the love of Jesus through simple, practical acts of kindness.

Our Purpose

We exist to serve others by showing God’s love in practical ways through meeting the needs within our communities and spheres of influence. Simple acts of personal kindness can open hearts to the love of Jesus for both those being served and those serving. The One Life Church Outreach Serve Team is made up of Outreach Small Groups and individuals who are using their gifts and talents to glorify God by serving others.

We want every person who is passionate about helping people to find the right opportunities to effectively use their gifts to build up the body of Christ and extend the Kingdom of God.

Looking for a SERVE Day opportunity?

BLOCK PARTY

One Life Church will be hosting a Block Party Saturday, July 13 from 9:30 – 11:30am at the Gateway Crossing apartments in Nampa where we will be loving and serving the community’s families with a bounce house, face painting, and cotton candy for kids, as well as distributing water. If you would like to join this Serve Day opportunity, please contact info@olc.church for more details.

SERVE Day Project Ideas

Discuss the following questions with your Small Group to help decide on a Serve Day project.

  • Who in your neighborhood has a need?
  • What business or organization within your sphere of influence could use a blessing?
  • What are some areas you’re passionate about?
  • What serve opportunities best suit your group’s skills and abilities? (Prayer, worship, teaching, physical labor, etc.?)
  • What resources does your Small Group have access to?

General Ideas

  • Host a free garage sale
  • Bring lunches to construction workers and servicemen in your area
  • Hand out free gum, popsicles, sunscreen, or bottled water with Acts of Kindness cards at a local park
  • Clean up a widow or single parent’s yard
  • Help with home clean up or repairs for those who are physically or financially unable to do it themselves
  • Plan a “Back to School Bash” for foster care children with food, games, and a school supply giveaway
  • Place American flags at a Veterans Cemetery
  • Host a free car wash for the faculty of a local school
  • Help with minor car repairs for the elderly, widows, or single parents
  • Clean up or help with new landscaping for a local school
  • Collect toys and games for kids in a local neighborhood

Nursing Homes

  • Deliver fresh flowers to residents
  • Host a worship service (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 residents
  • Let kids make crafts that can be given to residents
  • Distribute snacks to residents and employees (check with staff on food restrictions)
  • Help the residents complete care packages for foster kids

Special Needs

  • Identify a family with a special needs child and give the Mom and Dad a day out
  • Host a party or a field day for the residents of a special needs home
  • Build a wheelchair ramp for a family

Outreach

  • Serve hot breakfast to the homeless
  • Do a community trash clean up
  • Host a “Block Party” with food, games, and music 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
  • Pray with patients and people in the Emergency Room
  • Deliver small gifts and care packages to patients and families in the children’s wing or NICU
  • Provide healthy snacks to patients of chemotherapy

Colleges

  • Serve drinks or snacks at summer band practices
  • Serve bottled water at summer sports practices
  • Give away energy drinks and snacks to college students
  • Host a free picnic or give out doughnuts and coffee in the outdoor campus common space

Community

  • Wash windows of locally owned businesses
  • Pick up trash in a parking lot
  • Corral shopping carts at a local supermarket
  • Bring lunch to your local police or fire station
  • Give out free doughnuts and coffee at a bus stop or shopping center
  • Take lunch or treats to your local librarians

Common Questions

What is Serve Day?

Serve Day is our annual outreach event that closes our Summer Small Group Semester. It is an exciting opportunity for us, the local church, to go into our communities and love our neighbors. This summer, whether through a Small Group or by joining a Serve Day project, come be a part of serving our communities and sharing the love of Jesus through simple, practical acts of kindness.

SERVE Day 2019 is on Saturday July 13, 2019.

 

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

The best way to get involved is through a Summer Small Group, and you can find the group for you by searching our Small Groups Directory. Most groups are open to new members throughout the semester, so feel free to contact the leader of a group that fits your interest, meeting location, and time preference.

If you’re unable to join a Summer Small Group but would still like to join a Serve Day project, you can email info@olc.church.

 

What if I don’t have Serve opportunity selected and my small group wants to serve?

Our hope is that each Small Group plans and participates in a Serve Day project this summer.

If your Small Group is in need of ideas, view the Serve Day Project Guide or visit the ideas page for more information on how to get involved.

 

How do I plan a Serve Project?

Get creative! Assess the needs of people in your neighborhood and in our local communities and plan a project that meets those needs. Check out our list of ideas and other options from local service organizations for ways to get involved. Learn more about project planning in our Serve Day Project Guide.

 

How do I communicate to the church which Serve Day project our group is planning?

We’d love to know how your group plans to participate in Serve Day 2019. You can email your group’s Serve Day project to info@olc.church.

 

Who pays the costs associated with our Small Group’s Serve Project (supplies, travel expenses, etc.)?

Each Small Group is responsible for the costs associated with their Serve Day project. We recommend spending time planning your project based on your group’s size and commitment level.

 

What should I bring on Serve Day?

Bring any personal items you may need during your project: Serve Day T-shirt, sunscreen, drinking water, sneakers, a hat, etc. Your Small Group Leader can confirm any project-specific items you may need to bring: gloves, rakes, lawnmowers, tarps, work tools, etc. Work clothes are a good idea for serve opportunities requiring physical labor, and we recommend not wearing jewelry.

 

How will the church communicate additional details about Serve Day?

Small Group Leaders and Co-Leaders will receive emails with Serve Day updates. Updates will also be made available at olc.church.

 

What if it rains?

If your Serve Day project is outside, make plans to have an inclement weather option available. Some possibilities include visiting a nursing home, serving at a local service organization, or cleaning classrooms at a local school. For indoor serve ideas, view the idea page.

 

Who can I contact with questions or concerns?

Your Small Group Leader should have additional information about Serve Day, or you can email our Outreach Team at info@olc.church.

Make A Difference.