Outreach Everywhere, Everyone, Everyday.
The heart behind local outreach at New Life is to train up a people that live outreach by extending the love of Jesus to those we encounter on a daily basis. We will sometimes plan large events to bring the gospel together to the community but our hope is that we all become lights to our community and be a giver of the gospel every day.
Our next Points of Light Outreach has
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Healing on the streets
There are many walking through life broken and sick. We will go to a public area to boldly ask with a sign, “Do you need healing?” Just as Jesus offered healing to those He encountered on the streets, we will do the same in His name! We are believing for miracles to take place through a simple prayer and declaring healing over broken bodies.
We will be assisting in various projects around the farm like planting and working in the greenhouse and Community Farm Area. The goal of Eden Gardens is to build a self-sustaining eco-farm that will train and feed thousands. It is a project to change the face of hunger and poverty locally and worldwide.
We want the elderly in our community to know they are not forgotten! We will visit a couple of homes to pour out the attention and love of Jesus to those that often get neglected. These teams are a family friendly option where the entire family can get involved.
We want to be a bright spot in someone’s day by sending teams to our local laundromats with rolls of quarters and pay for the laundering services of the people we encounter. We will include an offer of prayer a kind conversation and some fun things for the kids to do while they wait out the wash.
Streets is a ministry that incorporates worship, prayer, and training to equip teams of Believers to go out to the streets of Jacksonville bringing God’s Word to people in their present situation. This team will take time to pray together and then go out to have intentional, Holy Spirit led conversations with individuals.
Kernan Middle School
We have a continued relationship with Kernan middle School and would like to bless them by beautifying the outside of the school. We will spread mulch, pull weeds, and do any yard work and cleaning they might need. We want our public schools to see the church as an answer to our community needs.
Storehouse and New Life Workday
We would love a team to take some time and give a bit of TLC to the New Life property. This could include work at The Storehouse, the New Life building or the grounds.
First Responder Cookie Swap and Delivery
We will need each Family on this team to bake a few batches of their favorite sweets. On Saturday morning all the families will bring their batch of goodies and combine it with other families goodies to make several variety platters from all the different sweets brought in. Families will then make handmade cards of blessing to go with the platter. Then out for delivery to the local fire and police stations around New Life.
Lunch Prep Team
If behind the scenes is your thing, we need a team that will stay at New Life and prepare a yummy lunch for the rest of the teams.
Our desire is that everyone will return to New Life after the outreach and have lunch together as we share testimonies of what the Lord did that morning.
His Presence Everywhere
When you lift up the Name of Jesus He will draw all men unto Him. Through our daily surrender to the Lord, we invite His Presence into our lives. We are then a carrier of that Presence. The atmosphere that you carry can affect those around you and point people to this incredible Jesus of ours.
His Mission Everyone
We come across people every day that are hurting and searching for a better way. Someone to stop and notice them. We tend to make judgment calls every day on who is worthy of our attention. Jesus noticed the ones that many people passed by. Sometimes, we need to slow down and make sure we are pouring love and attention out on those Jesus wants to stop for.
His Life Everyday
We carry an answer inside of us, but many are unaware of the power it holds. It has the power to insert eternity into the temporary, give hope to the hopeless and repair the broken. Wow, that is incredible! We simply must give this truth and life away every day. First we must carry an awareness of the heart needs around us. Second we must be willing to respond to that need through prayer or practical love.
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Additional Outreach Opportunities
POINTS OF LIGHT OUTREACH – CHURCH WIDE
Once a quarter we gather as a church and divide into teams to go all over the city and share the good news of the gospel. We go to nursing homes, bus stops, and neighborhoods to reach the lost and hurting in our community.
the food Pantry
The Food Pantry is a resource that provides food and other essential items to our church members and local community who are in need of assistance. It is open on Wednesdays and Thursdays from 2-4PM. Appointments are made by calling the Church Office. The Pantry is also open on Sundays before and after the morning service. You can get involved by bringing items that are on the needed list to the church office or the ministry desk on Sunday Morning. For more information, contact Pastor Donna Hohman.
STREETS is a ministry that incorporates worship, prayer, and training to equip teams of Believers to go out to the STREETS of Jacksonville bringing God’s Word to people in their present situation. Click here for more information.
Men’s Prison Ministry
The Men’s Prison Ministry ministers to men in Baker Reentry on the 1st and 2nd Friday of each month and to Baker County Correctional Facility on the 2nd Friday of each month. If you would like to participate in the Men’s Prison Ministry, you will need to complete a State Prison Volunteer Application. You can pick up an application at New Life or go online to the Department of Corrections website here. Once you have been approved, contact New Life and you will be signed up to help with this ministry. For more information, please contact Jinny Waski.
Come help build Eden Gardens Eco-Farm. There’s opportunities for the whole family to serve through weeding, stacking & cutting wood, and mulching. Workdays are twice a month, but volunteers are always welcome Tuesday- Thursday. You can contact Eden Gardens at edengardensjax.org or call Tim at 904-333-2080.
Fall Carnival // Seasonal, October 31
Our Fall Carnival is a free Halloween alternative, family friendly, community-wide outreach on October 31st from 6-9pm on the Providence Athletic Field (old football field). We have a costume contest, games, rock wall, various size bouncy houses, a toddler area, food, and tons of fun! For more information, please call the church at 904-223-6000.
Thanksgiving Bags // Seasonal, November
During the month of November, New Life gives bags out to our congregation so that they can be filled with items needed to make a Thanksgiving Meal. After the bags are returned to New Life filled with all the ingredients for a Thanksgiving Meal, they are taken to families in our church and community who need help with the Holiday.