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October 13, 2012

Congregations put their faith into action by performing service projects

NORTH ANDOVER - After being nourished by the word of God tomorrow, members of Trinitarian Congregational Church will put their faith into action during “Be the Church Sunday.”

Following worship and a pizza luncheon, young and old will perform service projects in North Andover and Lawrence.

“We worship for spirituality, prayer, praise and study,” said the Rev. Rich Knight, pastor.

“We hold the service because the God we encounter is loving and compassionate and it’s because of our worship that we serve. We’re not just talk about what it means to be a Christian, but to actually be the church.”

This is the third year the congregation at 72 Elm St., has conducted the day of service with over 50 members participating, Knight said.

Families with small children will visit home-bound members; third to fifth grade Sunday school classes will go to the North Andover Senior Center for cleaning; the children and youth choirs will perform at local nursing homes and .members of the middle school youth group will help prepare a meal at Lazarus House Transitional Living Center. The senior high youth group will be part of the clean up crew in the neighborhood around the church.

“We wanted to have a variety of projects so people can choose according to their interest, ability and what moves them,” Knight said.

Knight said serving its neighbors is as important as doing missionary work overseas.

“Mission is integral to who we are as a church. Mission outreach is not a committee is at the heart of what we do,” he said.

Trinitarian Congregational which has 200 members, is not the only religious group whose members take a day to do service in the community.

On Oct. 20, members of First Church Congregational, 26 Pleasant St., Methuen will host an all church community service day titled, “Faith in Action.”

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