Pascagoula Parishioners Trade Church Service For Community Service

By Sylvia Hall - bio | email

PASCAGOULA, MS (WLOX) - Clad in matching yellow t-shirts, they were unmistakable. Six hundred volunteers from Church on the Rock in Pascagoula went all over the city, doing good deeds at every corner.  It was part of the second annual "Takin it to the Streets" service project, designed to give church members a chance to make an impact on their community.

"This is our hometown, this is our community. This city has been good to us, and so this is a time when we can go and give back," Pastor Rodger Bradley said.

Church members of all ages took part in a variety of tasks, from boxing shoes and clothes, to landscaping local schools, to giving free car washes.

"It helps our people, especially those who may not sing, or teach, or preach, or do something else here," Bradley said. "But they can go out and do something in the community."

Mike Simon is a long time member of Church on the Rock. He said serving people is one of best experiences he's ever had.

"It gives you a feeling that when you help people and you look them in the eye, you can see them, and you can make a difference in their life. It truly makes you understand the saying that it is more blessed to give than to receive," Simon said.

Sharon Moorehead was a beneficiary of her own work.  She spent the morning re-landscaping East Lawn Elementary, where she went to elementary school and is now a teacher. She said the school could not have done the project without the church's help.

"This school is my life, and Church on the Rock is my life, and here I am combining both things," she said.

Pastor Rodger Bradley hopes the event will grow throughout the years.

"Eventually, I would love to see many, many churches come out together on one day, and go out and serve all over the community and all over the city."