By Peter Fellowship, Richmond Hill Christian Community Church
What an experience it was for the 48 of us from Peter Fellowship to volunteer and serve at 105 Gibson’s Community Christmas Celebration! It was an occasion where we saw God’s provision, and grace at work within us and His family!
Many of us volunteer individually in the different ministries of RHCCC or elsewhere, but seldom do we serve all together because only a few organizations have opportunities for groups of this size. Although unsure of the response, we decided to approach 105 Gibson, and we discovered that they were actually searching for volunteers for the upcoming event! It is amazing how God has used the same event to answer both our prayers: one searching for opportunities while the other searching for volunteers!
Event day came and we were divided into different teams to manage the logistics including setup, reception, food serving, Bible reading, MCs, and even traffic control in the cold weather. It was great work for each team, but the best part was the time together! A volunteer offered us warm drinks as we celebrated the conclusion and were enjoying one another’s presence. It was a memorable experience!
105 Gibson is a large community that belongs to all of us as we share warmth and compassion. We know that God works in the most miraculous of ways, but He has also blessed us in the plainest. The Bible teaches that “As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God’s varied grace… whoever serves, as one who serves by the strength that God supplies—in order that in everything God may be glorified through Jesus Christ. To Him belong glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen.” (1 Peter 4:10-11). This is the core of every serving experience. We saw how God’s hand moves through our works and this solidifies our own personal faith. This experience has transformed a simple serving opportunity into a wonderful sentiment of family living.
This is what Peter Fellowship has always dreamt of, working together as a whole, with memories that positively shape us and opportunities where we can develop a deep sense of belonging in the community. These are the “picture perfect” memories that portray exactly what God’s family is like – serving with a genuine love that expects nothing in return.