If so, First Broad Street United Methodist Church invites you to its annual Mission Celebration, which will begin Friday, April 13, and run through the weekend.
“It gives purpose to our celebrating the risen savior, not that we celebrate and put it back on the shelf,” said Danny Howe, director of missions at the church. “We’ve got our marching orders, and that is to be a living Christ in our community and around the world in all that we do with all that we have, and this weekend is rich with people and ministries that will help us to do just that.”
What to expect
Howe said the three-day event, called “An Encounter with Jesus,” will feature workshops, craft and resource vendors and educational displays about a number of mission groups. Children’s activities will also be offered to coincide with the adult programs.
Workshop leaders will provide information on a number of local, national and international organizations, including Family Promise of Greater Kingsport, Appalachian Miles for Smiles, Camp Bays Mountain and United Methodist Response to Disaster.
Some of the church’s own mission teams will also be present to discuss their recent mission trips to Costa Rica, Estonia and South Sudan.
“It’s a balance between local, national and global missions, (and) we have a component for our children that runs through the same timeframe … as what we have for youth and adults,” Howe said. “So we start very young and help them to develop that lifestyle.”
The celebration will begin Friday afternoon with orientation, a free dinner and an introductory program. Workshops will be held throughout the morning on Saturday, followed by a meal-packaging event with Rise against Hunger.
The event will conclude on Sunday, with five different worship services held throughout the morning.
Howe said reservations must be made for all meals by Monday at (423) 224-1502. Aside from the free dinner on Friday, all meals are $7 per person, $3 for children ages 5-11 and free for children younger than 5. Families can eat for a maximum price of $20.
The nursery will be available for children 4 years and younger upon request, and reservations must be made by Wednesday by calling Brandy Robinson at (423) 483-2980. Callers should indicate the date(s) and time(s) they need child care, as well as the number of children and their ages.
Howe hopes the event will introduce people to mission opportunities they’re passionate about and stimulate more mission activity in this community and around the world.
“What we’d like to move toward is missions is not an event; it’s a lifestyle,” Howe said. “How can I use myself in a way that impacts others and glorifies God? How we live our lives impacts somebody; is it going to be good or bad? This congregation understands that, and that’s why we do this.”
To view the complete schedule and the full list of workshop leaders, visit www.fbsumc.org.