Pierce Chapel UMC wears pajamas to serve others
On Sunday, Jan. 25, members of Pierce Chapel UMC traded their Sunday finest for pajamas and slippers.
The congregation isn’t typically quite so casual – they were gearing up for their annual Global Impact Celebration (GIC), a weekend-long mission immersion experience.
Leading up to the weekend, which will be held Feb. 6 through Feb. 8, Pierce Chapel has introduced congregants to their mission partners and asked for donations that each can use in their ministry.
Fran Lynch, a deaconess and missionary with the General Board of Global Ministries assigned to the Willow Church and Community Ministry in Alaska, is one of 10 missionaries who will visit Pierce Chapel UMC during the GIC weekend. She requested warm children’s pajamas and socks, and during Pierce Chapel UMC’s Pajama Day 48 children wore theirs to church and donated more than 164 sets plus 152 pairs of socks and several warm hats and gloves.
“Pierce Chapel is blessed with many good sports and we had lots of adults in PJs and funny bunny slippers as well,” said Roseanna Harbuck, Pierce Chapel UMC’s children’s ministry coordinator. “The whole church really got involved.”
With a mission statement of “To develop mature disciples who know, love and serve Jesus Christ,” Pierce Chapel UMC believes in serving through missions.
“We want to expose people – children, youth and adults – to the opportunities they have to serve,” Harbuck said.
Last weekend the church gave school supplies – scissors, paper, markers – for the children of Henderson Settlement in Kentucky, a ministry that Pierce Chapel UMC has been in partnership with for several years.
The congregation has also donated paint brushes – for Habitat for Humanity – and soup ingredients. Harbuck says that she tries to keep the requested items fairly inexpensive so that children can get involved in choosing and purchasing the items.
“The kids have had a great time and it gives them a connection,” she said.
As part of their GIC weekend, on Saturday, Feb. 7, church members will pack meals for Stop Hunger Now. The church’s 2014 Advent offering of $3,880 will be used to purchase 15,552 meals.