Ways to Serve
Here at Advent, we believe the church, and each Christian, is called and empowered to be a blessing to their neighbors. That's our "mission" in the world. While we do this individually in our own personal contexts, the love of Christ is powerfully reflected when the "body of Christ," the Church, serves together.
At Church of the Advent, we're committed to blessing Villa Park through a variety of avenues. The easiest way to serve is to join us for a church-wide mission project, such as our neighborhood Block Parties or Rake & Bakes. Check out our Events page to see what's coming up. If you'd like to be involved in an ongoing ministry as part of a team here at Advent, check out one of these options!
Villa Park-Barum Small Group: Huck and Loyce Burns have answered God's call to move into the neighborhood and lead a small group of people in seeking how God would guide Advent into ministry in our neighborhood context.
This small group will focus on an in-depth exploration of missions, both to Villa Park and its surrounding neighborhoods, and to a developing country (in Latin America). The group will read and discuss the book The Power of Proximity, by Michelle Warren, and the scriptures as they pertain to missions and evangelism. They will delve into how to cross racial, cultural, language, and socio-economic barriers to earn trust, build relationship, and meet people at their physical and spiritual points of need. As the Lord leads, the group will move from exploration and awareness into action. This small group meets at Huck and Loyce's house on Tuesday nights from 6:30-8pm.
To learn more about God's call to Huck and Loyce, read Huck's post in our "Journal" here. To discover more about this small group and/or how to be involved in its mission to the neighborhood, you can contact Huck at email@example.com.
Hirschfeld Towers Community Nights: This public housing complex is in the heart of the Baker neighborhood, but it's on the margins of the neighborhood's culture and generally under-resourced. Our community-building outreach includes monthly game nights and a ride to church each Sunday. Contact Dan & Jen Myers at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in getting involved.
Serving Eagleton Elementary: We are exploring opportunities to help at Eagleton Elementary in Villa Park. There is interest at Eagleton for us to help with their food distribution program and elective classes in the afternoon. Contact Brenda Wright at email@example.com for more information.
Women's Homeless Initiative: Adventers have helped staff this volunteer ministry, sponsored by Capitol Hill United Ministries, since its inception in 2011. Our team helps on Saturday nights once a month with cooking, serving, and building relationships with the women. Emily Fitzrandolph leads our team; contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
More ideas? Let us know! We have individual Adventers that serve in a variety of ways around our neighborhood. Join these individuals to make a new team, or start up your own new ministry. The options are as wide as God's love and our passions, and that's pretty wide!