May 3 at 3:12pm
North Coast Church cancels Sunday worship to serve the community
One of Interfaith’s member congregations, North Coast Church, canceled all church services for an entire weekend April 27-28 in an epic effort to unleash compassion on North County through 250 community improvement projects throughout the area. 7,000 volunteers tackled 250 service projects for what has come to be known as ‘Weekend of Service’.
“Church is about so much more than what happens inside our church walls,” said Charlie Bradshaw, North Coast Church executive pastor. “It’s about following Jesus’ example to live out our faith in tangible ways. We want to be the modern-day hands and feet of Jesus in our community.”
About 7,000 volunteers from North Coast Church rolled up their sleeves to collectively complete approximately $1.5 million in billable labor at parks, public schools, homeless shelters and community centers. One of those properties, was Interfaith’s Family Housing programs in Escondido. Volunteers helped renovate old garden spaces and provide some much needed sprucing up for the yards.
Another area North Coast identified was Oceanside’s Libby Lake neighborhood, where four teenagers were recently shot in a tragic incident that reflects escalating violence in the area.
“The young girl who died in the latest shooting was one of our teens,” said Jimmy Sigueroa, coordinator for Project REACH for teens at the Libby Lake Resource Center. “It really affected us, and the teens want to respond in a positive way. This service day comes at just the right time.”
The teens in his program will work alongside North Coast volunteers Saturday morning to paint the Center’s teen room. They will also build desks for the community computer room where the kids work on homework, job resumes and college applications.
“I’m so happy my kids will be working with North Coast,” Sigueroa said.”This shows people care about these kids and want to invest in their future. The kids are really excited about taking ownership of this.”
Similar projects are planned for nearly every corner of North County San Diego County at multiple nonprofits and community service areas. In addition to construction, landscaping and painting, light-duty projects included encouragement for local seniors and a spa day for 100 low-income women.
This is the fourth Weekend of Service for North Coast, which is a biannual event. North Coast is a multi-site church with about 9,000 attending weekend services at campuses in Vista, Carlsbad and Fallbrook. Interfaith’s is incredibly grateful for the work North Coast’s leadership and congregation have put into this amazing service project. The impact on the community has been remarkable.