Hope House Church begins community outreach
by Jennifer Cohron
Jul 30, 2013 | 1959 views | 0 0 comments | 39 39 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Weeding and mulching flowerbeds were among the chores completed by members of Hope House Church during “Servolution Saturday.” – Photo by: Jennifer Cohron.
Weeding and mulching flowerbeds were among the chores completed by members of Hope House Church during “Servolution Saturday.” – Photo by: Jennifer Cohron.
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Pastor Thomas Martin often tells his congregation that they don’t go to church; they are the church.

On Saturday, Martin and more than 40 members from Hope House Church spent several hours being the church for residents at two senior citizen communities in Jasper.

The event was called “Servolution Saturday,” a reference to the book “Servolution: Starting a Church Revolution through Serving” by Dino Rizzo.

“It’s about loving your community through service because that’s what Jesus would have done,” Martin said.

The church group, which included youth as well as adults, assisted between 40 and 50 people at Piney Grove Apartments and The Village at Blackwell Farms.

They took care of household chores such as dusting, vacuuming, mopping, hanging curtains, moving furniture and washing windows. They also revamped several flower beds throughout the two communities, which adjoin on Blackwell Dairy Road.

After completing their chores, church members hosted a lunch for residents.

“When you have a good group of people who are dedicated to what they’re doing, you can do a lot in just a few hours and they’ll still want to come back and do it again a month from now,” Martin said.

“Servolution Saturday” was the first large-scale community outreach of Hope House Church. The church hopes to host similar events on a bimonthly basis.

Martin said the goal is to build a community of service through Hope House Church.

He hopes those who came out on Saturday will begin to notice the needs of others in their circle of influence.

“I’m asking them to replicate that throughout the month. The heart of what we’re doing is not to have big serve days where everybody says, ‘Look what you’ve done,’ but to make it a part of your lifestyle,” Martin said.

Hope House Church, which held its first services in March, meets each Sunday in the Walker High School auditorium. It is affiliated with the Association of Related Churches, a Birmingham-based organization that works with pastors to plant churches and help them grow.