June 16th – 20th is Ridge UMC’s Middle School Mission Week. Each day middle school students will be gathering to participate in mission projects throughout the community. I’ll be reflecting on each day here.
Middle school mission week wrapped up with a nice and relaxed, but very rewarding day. We gathered at the church Friday morning, went through our morning routine of devotions and sharing and then stayed at the church for the morning’s project. A couple from the church had done the shopping and the planning for the youth to prepare a meal to serve at the State Street Center, an organization in Hammond that works with people seeking to transition out of homelessness. Our youth always seem to enjoy preparing and serving a meal for State Street and always impress me with their willing attitudes and energy in the kitchen.
After the meal was done we packed up and headed north to serve the meal. The youth were wonderful in their interactions with the clients and everyone who received lunch was truly appreciative.
We ate lunch ourselves when we got back to the church and then we went back out over Monday’s routes to pick up the groceries that people were donating to the Food Bank at Greater Hammond Community Services. We collected about as much food as we had last year (about 65 bags full), but I was hoping for more as we had passed out considerably more bags on Monday.
When we returned back to the church we had a little bit of free time to relax and to straighten up there and then we closed the day with a worship service. During the worship service we reflected on the week and had a couple of senior high youth share brief sermons with us.
Overall it was a great week. 14 youth and 9 adults all played a part in making this an incredible week and a great way for me to finish my time at Ridge UMC. Thanks everyone for a fantastic week!