On Saturday, May 14, from noon to 3 p.m., more than 30 members of Parrottsville UMC (Morristown District) participated in the "Change the World" event in our community. The theme was Community Clean-Up, and we focused on four areas.
The first and primary area we wanted to impact was the local laundry mat. We sent a team of five with detergent and $50 in quarters to the local laundry mat to offer free washes. We provided the detergent and coins for 10 loads of clothes for several non-churched individuals and families. This event was called Clean-Up Clothes.
The second and most visible event was the free car wash. Our largest team of youth and adults washed more than 20 cars, trucks and vans. While several folks tried to give a donation, we did not accept as this was a act of generosity designed to impact the community. This event we called Clean-Up Cars.
The third event was called Clean-Up Closets. We kicked off the collection of clothing for a community clothes closet. We collected close to 40 bags of clothes which filled up the fellowship hall! As a result of the great response of those donating clothes, we plan to renovate an area of the fellowship hall and fully stock a community clothes closet this summer.
Our last event was Clean-Up Community. A team of 10 walked more than six miles collecting trash from the roadside, local park, and creekside. We removed 17 bags of trash, leaving our community a bit more beautiful.
We are currently planning another impact community event to be held some time this summer.
The Rev. Chris Stanfield is pastor at Parrottsville UMC and Harneds UMC. Did your church participate in the denomination's Change the World event on May 14-15? Send your story and photos to firstname.lastname@example.org.
"Change the World sows seeds, reaps blessings" (UMNS, 5/17/11)
"Change the World: Holston does it from Chattanooga to Wise" (The Call, 4/26/10)