Cicero UMC takes on community projects

— But it’s also an opportunity to reach out to those who aren’t involved with the church to begin with. Be the Church Sunday reveals that the church in action is less about ideology and pedagogy and more about making a difference in the community it’s supposed to serve.

“We’re trying to do things that will help the community in one way or another, even if it’s just going in and visiting people who don’t always get visitors, making flower gardens beautiful, offering to wash somebody’s car, helping people take notice that there’s a need out there,” Laird said. “A family might not be able to supply an entire food bank with food, but a whole neighborhood can. It’s helping everyone come together and build unity.”

That practice-over-preaching mentality is what Laird hopes will draw people to the church. If they can see the mission in action, they’ll be more likely to embrace the church the other 51 weeks a year.

“One of the things that we’re finding across the country is that people are very eager to join in to do something that’s going to better their community,” Laird said. “People are very skeptical of church and religious organizations. One of the things that we want to help people understand is that we’re really about the mission. We want to better our community, to show God’s love to our neighbors in all places, do all of those things and that’s what we’re all about and who we are, not just a group that worships in a church on a Sunday morning.”

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