Church members trade Sunday service for volunteer work

HANCOCK COUNTY, MS (WLOX) - Rather than spend Sunday morning in church members of Calvary Chapel Church of Bay St. Louis spent time outside helping those in need.

"We are building bunk beds for Hope Haven. These are our volunteers from our church none of them have experience in wood working," said Calvary Chapel Church member Chris Harmon.

Harmon offered his skill in woodworking to help out those in his community. Other members also followed suit by doing everything from raking leaves, preaching outdoors, washing cars and bagging groceries on this fifth Sunday of the month.

"They really don't expect some to just come out of the blue and show up on their doorstep and ask to help them," Calvary Church member Michael Munger said.

"God told us to help them," Calvary Church member Kelli Williams said.

Pastor Frank Griffin said when he first brought up the idea of the outreach, his members were enthusiastic.

"Well the Lord gave us a vision about seven months ago, that we should be a church that's hitting the streets outside the four walls. And since they started they have found there's a lot of positive change they can make. It's the best expression of Christ to a world that needs hope and love," Calvary Church pastor Frank Griffin said.

The volunteers spent several hours at nine coast locations offering their assistance.

"We figure the one thing they could do to help us and the seniors is to clean our windows," said Hancock County Senior Center Director Arlene Johnson.

Now the Hancock County Senior Center has beautiful rose bushes and clean windows.

Church members said it's not just about making the facility look better.  It's also about showing that they care.

"Christ models for us to be able to go out into the community and that's what we've done," Calvary Church member Teresa Houchin said.

This Sunday may have required more physical endurance than normal, but church members said they don't mind using a little elbow grease to make their community a better place.

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Calvary Church of Bay St. Louis is located at 317 Reese Street in Bay St. Louis 39520.