On May 31, instead of meeting for a Sunday morning service, about 550 people from the church’s four campuses donned orange T-shirts reading, “Don’t just go to church . . . Be the church” and met at various locations to serve their community. Members cleaned streets, sidewalks, and parking lots; washed windows of businesses; cleaned kennels at an animal shelter; washed cars; bagged groceries at stores; and visited senior living facilities and hospitals.
This was the fourth year the church has held this community service event.
“The church is the people, and so often that gets confused,” says Rich Clark, a pastoral intern and organizer of the event. “We are the church. So we should be serving our community.”
Bridgewater Baptist Church has campuses in Montrose and Hallstead, Pennsylvania, and Vestal and Conklin, New York. It is a past recipient of financial assistance from Baptist Builders Club, which came to the church’s aid when it needed to replace its historic facility in Montrose and later desired to rescue South Vestal (New York) Baptist Church. Read about the church in “Outgrowing a Landmark” (March/April 2009 Baptist Bulletin), “A Multisite Church Rescue” (July/August 2013 Baptist Bulletin), and “Bridgewater Baptist Opens Fourth Campus.”