Church spreads the love

Auckland City Harbour News - - NEWS - By EMMA WHIT­TAKER

The shov­els, ham­mers and help­ing hands are all at the ready and the only thing that’s needed is a list of jobs to do.

The Mt Al­bert Bap­tist Church’s Love Where You Live week­end is coming up in April and it is ask­ing the com­mu­nity for ideas on projects that need to be done.

In the past the church has planted com­mu­nity gar­dens, done school makeovers and painted mu­rals.

‘‘We all have an in­nate de­sire to help oth­ers. It’s easy to click like on a so­cial me­dia page but a lot of peo­ple want to step in and do some­thing tan­gi­ble for the com­mu­nity,’’ lead pas­tor Jonathan Dove says.

Projects planned for this year in­clude free car oil changes and hair­cuts for peo­ple in need and clear­ing away rub­bish near the rail­way line, but no project is too big to sug­gest Mr Dove says.

‘‘Peo­ple some­times think way too small – they get a shock when we say we’re go­ing to put in some seat­ing and plant a few hun­dred trees. They can also be a bit sus­pi­cious be­cause we’re a church,’’ he says.

‘‘Love Where You Live is a week­end de­voted to all of us coming to­gether to pro­vide tan­gi­ble ex­pe­ri­ences for our com­mu­nity, to be neigh­bourly, and to make a prac­ti­cal dif­fer­ence in the lives of oth­ers,’’ he says.

Love Where You Live week­end is hap­pen­ing on April 13 and 14.

Photo: JA­SON OXENHAM

Work­ing bee: Mt Al­bert Bap­tist Church lead pas­tor Jonathan Dove is ask­ing the com­mu­nity what projects they would like to see done dur­ing the church’s Love Where You Live week­end.

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