One year ago we displayed a phrase on our church sign: “This Church Will Leave The Building, October 7th”.
While we wanted to put a teaser out there to the community, we had no idea that short message would create such a stir. Neighbors asked us what was happening. The local police department stopped by concerned. We even had two offers from other congregations interested in buying our building, assuming we were leaving for good. Then an article came out in our local newspaper, and people finally got it. We were leaving our building for a couple hours one Sunday morning. Instead of having a worship service, we were going to worship by serving the community. Our first Church Has Left The Building was awesome. Read all about it here.
This coming Sunday morning, we’re leaving the building again. We had another article in our local paper, because this time we asked people in our community to let us know how we could help them. Two people responded! We’re going to have a work crew worship the Lord by helping these two. We’ll also have teams washing police cars, cleaning up the school, planting trees at the park, cleaning at Homes of Hope, and taking worship to some of our shut-in members.
Then we’ll return to church at noon for a celebration meal! I can’t wait.
Maybe in preparation, you might want to comment below what CHLTB meant to you last year or what you are looking forward to, during CHLTB, this year!