SERVE PROJECT FAQ'S

On September 12, this page will reveal all of our pre-selected, dated, and organized "plug-and-play" serve projects that Life Groups participants can choose from. 



WHY SERVE?

God's Word tells us that we are to,

"Feed the hungry, and help those in trouble. Then your light will shine out from the darkness, and the darkness around you will be as bright as noon." Isaiah 58:10

A vital component of our Life Group ministry is that groups "serve" with one another. 


WHY ABBOTSFORD SERVE PROJECTS?

This might sound obvious, but we believe God has placed us right here! Not somewhere else. Therefore, we have decided we will prioritize mission's endeavours and the establishment of Kingdom partnerships in Abbotsford and the Fraser Valley. We want to be a church that is for our city! 


WHEN DO SERVE PROJECT SIGN-UPS OPEN?

September 18 at Noon. Life Group Leader Training is on this date and all Facilitators and Hosts who are at the training will get "first dibs" on selecting a serve project on behalf of their group. Online sign-ups will remain open after that. 


WHEN ARE THESE HAPPENING?

All serve projects happen during the Life Group semester, in the months of October and November of 2021.


WHEN DO THEY CLOSE?

All sign-ups should be in at least two weeks before the event and no later than February 1st.


WHAT IF I WANT TO SUGGEST A LOCAL SERVE PROJECT?

We would love to hear them! We have a thorough and specific vetting process that all projects need to meet, so if you want to suggest a serve project for your group (or others) to participate in, or a particular organization we can partner with, please contact Pastor Adam


WHAT IS THE SERVE PROJECT SUGGESTION DEADLINE?

Suggestion deadline is now CLOSED.

Life group SErve PROJECTS

Here is a list of all the pre-selected and pre-planned SERVE SITES for the FALL 2021 Life Group Semester

  • Life recoverY


    Your Life Group will take on grounds clean up and maintenance.


    Date: TBD


  • Life Second Chance

    Your Life Group will take on some cleaning projects within the Store Front, and the exterior windows.


    Date: TBD


  • ARchway Food BAnk

    Volunteer groups at the Food Bank Warehouse are asked to assist with sorting food donations from boxes and bins into our 17 different categories. These categories of food are based on food type, nutrition, and quantity, for our emergency hamper components. Think of it as reverse shopping; matching food items to signs on a shelf and stocking that shelf. But in this case the Shelf is a pallet being made on the ground.


    Dates:

    October 15, 6.00-8.00pm - BOOKED

    November 15, 6.00-8.00pm - BOOKED



  • Storm Troopers

    Did you know that any water that flows down streets and into a storm drain directly empties into our local waterways, without treatment ? Most resident aren’t aware of this and so we want to get the word out! This program will provide kits to volunteers who can now with the stroke of a paint brush help protect City of Abbotsford rivers and streams by reminding folks with a bright yellow fish at each drain that what goes in to their storm drain matters. These kits will consist of a bucket, fish template stencil, paint brushes, street paint, and a small broom. Sign up for this activity to show your interest then contact our Volunteer Coordinator to set up your safety orientation, discuss locations and collect your kit.

    Description of Responsibilities:

    • Prep paint site.

    • Paint Fish Logo with kit supplies.

    • Liaise with staff to coordinate locations.

    Skills and Qualities Required:

    • Ability to work independently.


    Dates:

    October 16, time TBD

    November 6, time TBD - BOOKED


  • Marker Maintenance Team

    Did you know that historically our earliest park lands were actually cemeteries? Our four local cemeteries at Aberdeen, Hazelwood, Mt. Lehman, and Musselwhite are beautifully kept park spaces that honor former residents and loved ones. The City of Abbotsford Parks team diligently works to maintain these areas but would also welcome volunteer support to assist in the maintenance of these sacred spaces. Volunteers may assist with cleaning headstones, debris removal, edging as well as minor horticultural maintenance if applicable at your chosen location. All equipment and direction will be provided onsite and volunteers are encouraged to dress for current weather conditions as this volunteer role take place outdoors.


    Requirements:

    • Be adequately dressed for the work and weather

    • Minimum age: 14, unless you're a family unit volunteering as a group.


    Dates:

    October 23, time TBD - BOOKED

    November 6, time TBD



  • INVASIVE WEED REMOVAL

    You will partner with the city of Abbotsford parks and recreation services and work to remove a variety of invasive weeds from one of our local parks.  Your leader will need to meet up with a city worked in advance to learn about the procedure, and then you and your Life Group will serve on the day that we have booked with the city.


    Date:

    October 23, time TBD

    November 13, time TBD

  • MEALS

    For every 4 members of your group, you will make and deliver a meal for the 15 staff and clients at the Cyrus Center.  Eight members = two meals,  twelve members = three meals, etc.  Connect with pastor Adam that you wish to do this serve project and we'll plan out the dates.


    Date:

    Date & Time are to be determined by your group

     

  • TEEN CHALLENGE

    Your Life Group will take on a few painting projects in a couple of their rooms, as well as some exterior grounds clean up.


    Date: TBD

  • Emergency Weather SHelter

    Your Life Group will prepare and serve a meal for the guests of the EWS, giving them the dignity of a served warm meal.


    Date: TBD *there are a lot of variables in that the shelter isn't always open.

  • Emergency WEATHER SHELTER

    Your Life Group will serve at a time when the shelter is not open, and clean and disinfect all surfaces.


    Date: TBD *there are a lot of variables in that the shelter isn't always open.

  • The Gleaners

    Serve alongside Gleaners staff, chopping donated vegetables, that will be dried and made into soup mix to send overseas.  Max 15 people.


    DATE: Daytime (M/T/W/F), 8.00-11.30am

     

Our Joy:

Living a Life of Generosity

At Gateway, we believe life is a long-term mission trip, and every day is a short-term mission opportunity. 

God's word makes it clear that it's our job to share the love of Christ with people we see every day, 

whether we're in our local community, or halfway across the world. 

And this mission not only impacts those we serve, but it is a pathway to spiritual transformation in our own lives. 

Serving Locally at gateway

As a response to the free gift of grace in Jesus Christ, we respond with gratitude by mobilizing and serving one another and those in need. By serving one another we are serving God. There are many ministries that could use your gifts and talents. If you are interested in getting plugged into one of our ministries contact Pastor Marcel at marcel@gatewaycrc.org to get more information. 

 

Here are some ways to serve locally:


Greeting Team

This team engages our guests and helps create a welcoming and safe culture at our worship service.


Hospitality Team

This team engages with the guests of major rentals creating a welcoming and safe environment, ushering, helping with sales and more. 


Children & Youth Ministries

Countless men and women work to create a safe, nurturing environment for your children and youth to learn and have fun. 


Worship Teams

Our worship team leads the congregation of Gateway each week in singing songs, hymns, and spiritual songs to our Lord and God.