CityServe: Fall 2021

Saturday, October 23

In the book of Jeremiah, God tells us that our welfare is tied to the welfare of our city. Through CityServe, we can each use our gifts and abilities to be a light in our community. Projects are listed below with more information on how you can intentionally serve our city.

Mercy Ministries

CLI Prison Alliance

Come see how God is expanding His reach in the prisons. CLI Prison Alliance is in need of 20 Bible and Letter Ministers (pen pals) to disciple inmates. All correspondence is done through letters and is done in the comfort of your own home. All letters are received and mailed back through CLI’s main office. This ministry allows you to reach inmates in 1,000 different prisons. Many are coming to faith through this ministry and are being discipled! CLI Prison Alliance will provide onsite training to become a Bible and Letter Minister, then you will head to the warehouse area to pack books afterwards. An Online Volunteer Application with references is due prior to the event.

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Feed The Hunger Packathon [FULL]

Feed the Hunger is a Christian ministry that gets nutritious food to children desperate for food.  We will be packing 45,000 bags of food to be distributed to hungry children locally and around the world. We believe that the cause of feeding hungry children and those in need unites us all.

  • There are three sessions available and can accommodate 50 people each in the DLC.
    • Friday, October 22 (6-8 PM)
    • Saturday, October 23 (8:30-10:30 AM)
    • Saturday, October 23 (11:30 AM-1:30 PM)
  • Life Groups need to register individually.
  • Recommended age is 8 years and up.
Gateway Women's Care

Offer compassionate care and support by collecting and assembling baby bags for expectant mothers. Gain a better understanding of how the ministry serves women and saves babies via a short informational presentation. We will do some campus beautification as well. Gateway does not have yard tools, you must bring your own supplies. *Due to privacy concerns, we will not be interacting with the moms and babies.

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LoveLife Prayer Rally

Join us and others in our community by participating in the 40 Weeks for Life Campaign. This is a groundbreaking, coordinated international mobilization that, with God’s help, will mark the beginning of the end of abortion in our city — and beyond. This walk includes a time of worship, Scripture reading, and testimony. *Love Life participants do not interact with the moms or families. We will be there to pray for the moms, babies, clinic workers and families affected by abortion.

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Reach Your Neighbors/Community

Baptists on Mission – Disaster Relief*

Baptists on Mission is actively serving all across North Carolina in Disaster Relief. Volunteers are still working to continue the “rebuild phase” from Hurricane Florence. Lodging and food (breakfast and dinner) are included. Volunteer teams will work under the direction of a Providence CityServe Project Leader and Baptist on Mission (BOM).   *This is an overnight event, October 22-23, 2021.

Details: Leave Raleigh at 2 PM on October 22 to arrive and get checked in for the night. Saturday, after breakfast, you will receive your assignments for the day. Those who can remain will be given additional assignments for Sunday. Others will return Saturday afternoon.

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Adopt-A-Street Litter Clean Up

A great way to get neighbors together and make some changes is to organize a neighborhood or highway cleanup. Serve your own community by defining a few streets which need some care and attention to clean up litter. We will provide streets in need of cleaning or you can choose your own area.

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Random Acts of Hospitality

Using the website, Bless Every Home, gather data on your neighborhood. Make personal contact with FOUR new people in your neighborhood. Invite neighbors over for a backyard bonfire and engage in conversation on how to get plugged into your neighborhood and Providence.

  • Complete a registration form including your address and subdivision name.
  • Utilize the B.L.E.S.S. model to engage these new neighbors on an ongoing basis.
  • Providence will provide a small gift and invites to share.

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International/Vulnerable People Groups

Adopt-A-Block Raleigh Dream Center [FULL]

We will partner with Raleigh Dream Center and build transformational relationships by being present in six different neighborhoods in Raleigh. Help by going door-to-door and inviting the families to enjoy food and fellowship! We will give out groceries for households, pick up trash, play with children, and have intentional gospel conversations.

Safe Families & Foster Hope Duffle Bag Drive [FULL]

Help bring HOPE to vulnerable children in your local community! We are partnering with Safe Families and WCHS to bless vulnerable children of all ages with a bag containing both necessities, as well as, comforting items to help them start a new chapter in a new home.

Volunteers will organize their donations and pack duffle bags on City Serve morning. A panel of experts will be available to address your questions.

Respite Parents Night Out* [FULL]

We are partnering with LifeLine Children’s Services to provide parents of special needs children and vulnerable children a night out! We will be loving on special needs children and their siblings by providing a night full of games, entertainment, and food.

*This City Serve event will take place Friday, October 22nd from 5:30-8:30 PM.

Human Trafficking – IJM

Human trafficking is a form of modern slavery that occurs around the world and right here in North Carolina.  Some say it’s one of North Carolina’s most pressing issues, afflicting thousands of victims across our state.

We will have a volunteer from the International Justice Mission offer a short informational presentation addressing local and international concerns. Following a brief question and answer session, time will be spent in prayer and writing cards and encouraging notes to IJM staff and rescued victims.

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Cedar Point Dental Bus* [FULL]

We are partnering with Refugee Hope partners to run a mobile dental unit for Cedar Point residents. Sign up to help as a dentist, dental assistant, or greeter. *This event is on October 16th not October 23rd at Refugee Hope Partners. 

Details: Baptists On Mission offers the use of the Mobile Dental units to Baptist churches, other Christian denominations, and service organizations within North Carolina who wish to reach out to people in need. Our mission is to provide compassionate care to people without insurance, the impoverished, migratory farmworkers, fair workers, the homeless, and more.

Central Asia Virtual Mission Trip [FULL]

Friends, as travel continues to be challenging, we are grateful for virtual mission trips! On Saturday, October 23, from 11 AM – 1 PM, our Central Asia partners are hosting a live video call to provide a window into the culture in which they live and work to reach the lost. You will be blessed to see how God is at work through their ministries. Open to all ages. Registration closes October 15th. You can participate from home or come to the church as a group.

Senior Adults

Sunrise Senior Living

Come socialize and engage in fun activities with Sunrise residents. Share the love of Christ by spending quality time with a new friend at the Sunrise Senior Living on Edwards Mill Road.

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TREEO Senior Living

Come celebrate the arrival of  Fall with the residents at TREEO. Share the love of Christ by spending quality time with a new friend.   You can use your “artistic” talents to assist residents in decorating their pumpkins and participating in activities and games.

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Schools

Backpack Buddy

Backpack Buddies program provides weekend food bags for students whose families are food insecure. You can sign up to be a Backpack Buddy Host for your school, or you can sign up to gather donation items and help fill bags the day of CityServe. We hope to serve 200 children from 10 different Wake County schools. 

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Teacher Appreciation Brunch [FULL]

Let’s bless our teachers with an encouraging brunch or lunch! You provide the hospitality and Providence will provide the goodies from a local business. We will follow all guidelines provided by the school staff. Sign up your school today!

  • Reach out to your school for permission, a date, and a time.
  • Our team will order and purchase the food and beverages.
  • Schools must be within a 6-mile radius of Providence.
  • Ask your Life group or friends to join in and serve with you!
Bus Driver Appreciation Bags [FULL]

Let’s bless our Wake County Bus drivers! Due to staff shortages, they are understaffed and working multiple shifts. Providence will provide the bags, invite cards, and a few goodies, you add the rest! Drop your bags off at schools or hand them out at morning pick up.

Prayer

Drive-Thru Prayer

Since ministry and gathering together look a bit different during this challenging season, we are hosting Drive-Thru Prayer locations to connect with our city. This unique event allows us to pray for individuals while also abiding by appropriate protocols and precautions. Let’s remind our city we’re here to support and serve them.

  • Prayer Drive-Thru can be done in our upper parking lot
  • We will provide signs to your location and any supplies you might need
  • You get to pray with individuals who need some hope and encouragement!

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CityServe Prayer Team

ALL events should be covered in prayer or we will be guilty of serving in our own strength! Join us in the Providence Prayer Room, Suite B, from 9:30 AM-12:30 PM to pray for our teams serving our city. You can sign up for 30-minute slots or stay as long as you would like. You can also sign up for a slot and pray at home. 

*This is a great option for those of us who are unable to do physical labor.

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