SERVE PROJECT FAQ'S

On January 12, this page will reveal all of our pre-selected, some 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?

January 16 at Noon, along side sign-ups opening this semester, we'll make these serve opportunities open to our leaders!


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 some pre-booked opportunities for your Life Group to serve our city within the Winter 2022 semester!

  • Life RECOVERY | HOME

    Come alongside this incredible ministry with the needs that they have for maintenance around their facilities.  In the past we have helped with yard clean up, interior painting and cleaning, and more. 

     

    Date: Connect with pastor Adam to find the best date to serve. Storefront clean up, Window cleaning.


  • Life RECOVERY | Second Chance Thrift store

    Commit a time frame to come and help sort through donations, clean the store front, and possibly other tasks if needed. 

     

    Date: BOOKED


  • 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: Connect with Pastor Adam to claim one of the date:

    Thursday, February 10, 5.00-7.00pm - BOOKED

    Tuesday, February 15, 5.00-7.00pm - BOOKED



  • ABBOTSFORD CITY | Storm Troopers

    Those painted yellow fish on our storm drains are painted by volunteer teams seeking to remind our neighbourhoods about what lives in the streams we so easily pollute. 

     

    Dates: Connect with pastor Adam to find the best date.


  • ABBOTSFORD CITY | INVASIVE WEED REMOVAL

    As a group, commit a few hours do your part to help limit the spread of invasive weeds within our local parks.  You will be supplied with the knowledge of which needs to be tackled and which park to meet at. 

     

    Date: Connect with pastor Adam to find the best date.

  • ABBOTSFORD CITY | Marker Maintenance

    Work with the city of Abbotsford to enter a cemetery, in order to clean and maintain burial plots and its marker.  The stones get covered in lichen, moss, and dirt.  You'll be given the supplies to work, and a cemetery to work at.  


    Date: Bookings will be taken following March 28, 2022.  Connect with Pastor Adam to set up.

  • CYRUS CENTER | 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. 


    Date: Connect with pastor Adam that you wish to do this serve project and we'll plan out the dates.

     

  • Emergency Weather SHelter | MEAL

    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: Connect with pastor Adam to determine the date, there are a lot of variables in that the shelter isn't always open.

  • Emergency WEATHER SHELTER | CLEANING

    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

     

  • MARGARET STENERSEN ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

    Similar to the Starfish Backpack ministry, we have the opportunity to bless a selected number of students and their families by meeting some of the needs.  Food baskets for the family, school supplies and clothing for the students as example.


    Date: Connect with Pastor Adam.


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.