RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - Sixth Mount Zion Baptist Church replaced worship with working on Sunday.
The congregation went out into the community, cleaning up Gilpin Court and surprising neighbors with acts of kindness.
The idea is to not simply go to church, but to be the church by community outreach.
125 members went around the metro Richmond area to "show God's love in tangible, meaningful ways," according to Pastor Tyrone Nelson. Those members were visiting nursing homes, helping with home improvement projects, and handing out free bus passes and gift cards.
An additional 100 church members were in the parking lot setting up the Mount Market.
He said members raised nearly $15,000 in clothing, shoes, food, and home goods. Tables were set up with piles of dress pants and ties, cleaning supplies and paper goods, along with bedding and bath products. All of which were given away for free to neighbors in need.
A constant stream of people packed into the parking lot, even those with very little were conscious of taking only what they needed, leaving the rest for their neighbors in need.
The church simply wants others to pay it forward.
"All these people are our family. It's important not only that they're fed and clothed, but we need to protect each other, take care of each other," said Pastor Nelson.
For more information, visit the church's website: www.smzbc.org.
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