Sandwich Saturday, brought to you by the Children’s Ministry of the West Side
This year, the West Side Children’s Ministry (WSCM) has centered their teaching on how to respond to God’s free gift of salvation through gratitude and generosity. Inspired by the Rise campaign, WSCM has tied Sunday School lessons into the theme of generosity, with the ultimate goal of bringing that teaching into experiential reality: kids… being generous … in their on homes … on their own time … with their own resources.
To that end, the ministry planned in-home service activities, including Sandwich Saturday. It was not a flashy “event” with a welcome table, nametags, and tables set up for a morning of community-wide sandwich making; not at all. Instead, it was in kids’ homes, with their families, on their time, using household staples, making meals for families in need.
For Sandwich Saturday, as with many first-time events, there was little indication of what the level of participation or outcome would be. The prayers leading up to Sandwich Saturday focused on the heart-shaping, not the sandwich-making, results. And though the results of the former are not quantifiable, those of the latter exhibited the great potential that kids, who love and serve the Lord and their neighbors, have to renew this great city. Families dropped off more than 500 peanut butter and jelly sandwiches to W83 before they were delivered to nearby St. Paul’s and St. Andrews.
When the sandwiches arrived, the volunteers at St. Paul’s and St. Andrew’s began praising the Lord, full of gratitude. They responded to what might have seemed like mere loaves and fishes from a child’s sack lunch as though it was a feast of plenty fit for the multitudes. Through the gifts of these children, the volunteers served a dozen guests at the overnight shelter and provided lunch to the 400 participants at their food pantry.
May the Lord continue to work in the hearts of Redeemer’s children, empowering them to respond with gratitude and generosity to what the Lord
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