Poplar Grove Missionary Baptist Church believes in service and giving back to the community.
Each year, the church holds celebration services throughout the month of January and centers the events around community service. This year, wanting to take things to a new level, the church decided extend service through the entire year.
According to Dr. Ruby Bell, Christian education coordinator, the project began with the Martin Luther King Jr. Day Celebration and has continued through the last several months with different events.
“The Christian education department decided that giving back would be beneficial to the community not just during the month of January, but throughout the year,” Bell said. “We took things to another level and made it a year of community service.”
For Mother’s Day, men of the church took the mothers out to dinner and the children have been taken on trips. However, the biggest service done this years, Bell said, was giving school supplies to Hargrove Elementary School and DNA (Diversity Nurtures Achievement in Warsaw).
“We wanted to give back to the community,” Bell explained. “So, we decided to gather much needed school supplies and give to the students at these two places.”
In the future, Bell said the church would like to continue service projects. The department is currently trying to work out a ministry for two local nursing homes.
“We are looking into making this into something we do every year,” Bell said. “We want to make sure our youth are involved.”
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