Saturday, March 19, 2016

Local Missions: Serve with your Small Group

“Our Group feels strongly about the need to serve others, to reach out and give of ourselves to help those who are trying to change their direction of life.” Roger Smith Sr., Nativity Small Group Member

Roger Smith and his Nativity Small Group knew they wanted to come together to serve their local community. Roger’s group consists of 9 men who have been meeting for about a year and a half- the core group members have been together for even longer.

The group’s call to service lead them to Our Daily Bread, a Catholic Charities residential program that provides education and training as well as recovery support to formerly homeless men in the Baltimore area. After figuring out logistics (coordinating schedules, requesting time off of work, etc.), Roger’s group picked a date in December to serve.

The group was tasked with serving dinner to the permanent residents at Our Daily Bread. There are approximately 30 permanent male residents living there at a given time. Roger and his team were in charge of setting the dining tables and they formed an assembly line to dish out plates of hot food and offer a friendly greeting to each resident.

Once the meals were served, the group had the opportunity to sit and socialize with the men. “The men seemed to enjoy our company and were most appreciative of our outreach to them. We felt that this was an excellent mission project for our group and we were greatly rewarded for our time and energy.”

The experience even worked to bring an already close small group even close to one another. “We all gained a greater understanding of the personal rewards of serving others less fortunate than ourselves. How our team approached meeting a goal provides a feeling of great accomplishment and brought our group even closer in spiritual feeling.”

Roger and his group enjoyed the experience so much that they scheduled another time to serve dinner at Our Daily Bread this month.

Click here for information on how to get your Small Group involved in local missions.

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