Church spreads the love
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.
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.