LIFE GROUP SERVE PROJECTS

On December 15th, this page will reveal all of our pre-selected, dated, and organized "plug-and-play" serve projects that Life Groups participants can choose from. 


SERVE PROJECT FAQ'S


WHY SERVE?

God's Word tells us that we are to, "Feed the hungry, and help those in trouble. Then your light will shine out from the darkness, and the darkness around you will be as bright as noon." Isaiah 58:10

A vital component of our Life Group ministry is that groups "serve" with one another. 


WHY ABBOTSFORD SERVE PROJECTS?

This might sound obvious, but we believe God has placed us right here! Not somewhere else. Therefore, we have decided we will prioritize mission's endeavors and the establishment of Kingdom partnerships in Abbotsford and the Fraser Valley. We want to be a church that is for our city! 


WHEN DO SERVE PROJECT SIGN-UPS OPEN?

January 11 at Noon. Life Group Leader Training is on this date and all Facilitators and Hosts who are at the training will get "first dibs" on selecting a serve project on behalf of their group. Online sign-ups will remain open after that. 


WHEN ARE THESE HAPPENING?

All serve projects happen during the Life Group semester, between January 30 and March 15.


WHEN DO THEY CLOSE?

All sign-ups should be in at least two weeks before the event and no later than February 1st.


WHAT IF I WANT TO SUGGEST A LOCAL SERVE PROJECT?

We would love to hear them! We have a thorough and specific vetting process that all projects need to meet, so if you want to suggest a serve project for your group (or others) to participate in, or a particular organization we can partner with, please contact Pastor Marcel


WHAT IS THE SERVE PROJECT SUGGESTION DEADLINE?

Suggestion deadline is now CLOSED.  [Deadline November 15th] 

Life group SErve PROJECTS


  • Teen Challenge

    March 14, 2020

    Do you like gardening? 


    Your LIFE Group will clean up and fix up the existing garden boxes and add additional soil that may needed, weeding in and around the boxes, fixing any holes in fences, and laying down bark mulch around the boxes.


    In addition your Life Group will be building new boxes and fencing to make another plot. We will have the guys who did this one probably involved and we would need help with it as well.


    Your project will end with dinner of hot/cold appetizers and fellowship with the women of Teen Challenge


    OPEN

    Email: Our group wants to serve here! 


  • Local Park BEAUTIFICATION

    Date: What works best for your Life Group

    Want to help beautify your neighbourhood, local park or trail? Not everyone has the time available to make an ongoing commitment and a one-time clean up event is still a huge benefit to our community.

     

    Description of Responsibilities:

    • Collect litter.

    • Assist with invasive planting, or brush removal

    • Report vandalism/maintenance concerns.

    • Assist with tree plantings


    Requirements:

    • Attend an Orientation Meeting. Only the group leader is required to attend this meeting.  Training Date/Time: Tuesday. Jan 21 from 3-4 pm

    • Minimum age: 14, unless with a family unit, group, club.


    OPEN

    Email: Our group wants to serve here! 


  • Storm drain Troopers

    DAte: What Works best for your life group

    Did you know that any water that flows down streets and into a storm drain directly empties into our local waterways, without treatment ? Most resident aren’t aware of this and so we want to get the word out! This program will provide kits to volunteers who can now with the stroke of a paint brush help protect City of Abbotsford rivers and streams by reminding folks with a bright yellow fish at each drain that what goes in to their storm drain matters. These kits will consist of a bucket, fish template stencil, paint brushes, street paint, and a small broom. 

    Description of Responsibilities:

    • Prep paint site.

    • Paint Fish Logo with kit supplies.

    • Liaise with staff to coordinate locations.


    Requirements:

    • Leaders to attend Safety orientation. Training Date/Time: Thursday, Jan 23 from 3-4 pm

    • Collect and return supply kits. 

    • Minimum age: 14, unless with a family unit, group, club.


    OPEN

    Email: Our groups wants to serve here!

  • Life second chance thrift store

    Date: What works best for your Life Group

    LIFE's Second Chance Thrift Store relies on volunteers to maintain a vibrant thrift store. It offers great deals to the community, provides volunteers with a purpose that makes a difference and gives the women in our program an opportunity to give back. The main purpose is to financially support the programs at LIFE Recovery Association. There is always a need for cleaning, organizing and checking equipment. After store hours provide a great opportunity for care groups to get some of the needs met while the store is closed. 


    OPEN

    Email: Our group wants to serve here

  • The Stream

    January 25 or February 15

    The Stream is an urban ministry that serves folks on the margins who have forgotten who they are- sons and daughters of a Heavenly Father who loves them desperately! There are three weekly events that have wonderfully different flavours, but the same purpose.  


    This project is a restroom beautification project. The restrooms for the Stream Ministry are in desperate need of a face lift.  A paint job, new counter, floors are just some of the work that could be done. 


    OPEN

    Email: Our group wants to serve here! 




  • Archway Food bank

    Date: To be determined

    Join a team of people who love to ensure healthy food options are available to everyone. The new Fresh Food Recovery program is our newest initiative to provide fresh food to those in need by recovering food from local grocery stores.

    We need small teams of volunteers to sort and process perishable food that is being received each morning at the Food Bank. Daily shifts will be 2-3 hrs long and potential candidates will need to lift and move 35-50lb containers.


    OPEN

    Email: Our group wants to serve here!


  • Cyrus Center Dinner

    WEdnesday, February 12th

    For this SERVE project you will host and serve a dinner for the guest of the Cyrus Center located in Abbotsford.  The meal should be healthy and enjoyable for young adults to eat and include dessert and drinks. 


    Dinner Time: 6:00 pm

    Number of Guests: 


    OPEN

    Email: Our group would like to serve here! 

  • Marker Maintenance Team

    Date: What works best for your Life group

    Did you know that historically our earliest park lands were actually cemeteries? Our four local cemeteries at Aberdeen, Hazelwood, Mt. Lehman, and Musselwhite are beautifully kept park spaces that honor former residents and loved ones. The City of Abbotsford Parks team diligently works to maintain these areas but would also welcome volunteer support to assist in the maintenance of these sacred spaces. Volunteers may assist with cleaning headstones, debris removal, edging as well as minor horticultural maintenance if applicable at your chosen location. All equipment and direction will be provided onsite and volunteers are encouraged to dress for current weather conditions as this volunteer role take place outdoors.


    Requirements:

    • Be adequately dressed for the work and weather

    • Minimum age: 14, unless you're a family unit volunteering as a group.


    OPEN

    Email: Our group would like to serve here!

  • Life recovery

    Date: a saturday between Jan 25 and march 15

    Your serve project will be outdoor yard work &/or cleaning gutters 4 homes. In addition 2 different swing sets need set up, ground work, etc.


    You will need to agree to criminal records review & understand that these first stage clients are part of a revolving door


    OPEN

    Email: Our group would like to serve here!

  • ARchway Food BAnk

    February 28th

    Volunteer groups at the Food Bank Warehouse are asked to assist with sorting food donations from boxes and bins into our 17 different categories. These categories of food are based on food type, nutrition, and quantity, for our emergency hamper components. Think of it as reverse shopping; matching food items to signs on a shelf and stocking that shelf. But in this case the Shelf is a pallet being made on the ground.

     February 28 from 3 pm-5 pm or 5 pm-7 pm


    OPEN

    Email: Our group would like to serve here! 

     

  • Life REcovery

    Date: what works best for your Life Group

    Your serve project will include the following tasks: 

    • Indoor: Painting…several homes need work.
    • Family suite: Assembling furniture ie. TV/games, beds, etc.

    You will need to agree to criminal records review & understand that these first stage clients are part of a revolving door


    OPEN

    Email: Our group would like to serve here! 


  • Salvation Army

    March 15

    Saturday, March 15

    Spend the morning at the Abbotsford Salvation Army doing spring cleaning - window washing, gutters, painting and yard work. 


    OPEN

    Email: Our group would like to serve here! 

  • Gateway Volleyball Clean-up

    March 15

    Summer Camp is coming soon and the outdoor volleyball court needs to be ready for our campers this summer.  Job details:

    1. Cut back the bushes/trees
    2. Weed and rack the sand
    3. Weed pavement area
    4. install volleyball nets
    Saturday, March 15th

    OPEN
  • Cyrus Center Dinner

    Wednesday, February 26th

    or this SERVE project you will host and serve a dinner for the guest of the Cyrus Center located in Abbotsford. The meal should be healthy and enjoyable for young adults to eat and include dessert and drinks.


    Dinner Time: 6:00 pm


    Number of Guests: 


    OPEN

    Email: Our group would like to serve here! 

  • INasmuch Community Society

    February 12 from 6:30 - 9:00

    Every month Inasmuch holds a community dinner for the folks who are currently living in their houses (refugees), as well as the people who have lived there in the past. It’s the chance for their big and diverse family to spend time together and enjoy each other’s company. We invite all the people we serve, along with volunteers and our Board. There’s normally about 50 people who come. Insomuch we would love one of Gateway's Life Groups to host our February dinner. It would be a wonderful chance to meet newcomers from all around the world, who have been on extraordinary journeys to come to Abbotsford!


    Times above are serving and hosting, please calculate cooking time. 


    OPEN

    Email: Our group would like to serve here! 

Our Joy:

Living a Life of Generosity

At Gateway, we believe life is a long-term mission trip, and every day is a short-term mission opportunity. 

God's word makes it clear that it's our job to share the love of Christ with people we see every day, 

whether we're in our local community, or halfway across the world. 

And this mission not only impacts those we serve, but it is a pathway to spiritual transformation in our own lives. 

Serving Locally at gateway

As a response to the free gift of grace in Jesus Christ, we respond with gratitude by mobilizing and serving one another and those in need. By serving one another we are serving God. There are many ministries that could use your gifts and talents. If you are interested in getting plugged into one of our ministries contact Pastor Marcel at marcel@gatewaycrc.org to get more information. 

 

Here are some ways to serve locally:


Greeting Team

This team engages our guests and helps create a welcoming and safe culture at our worship service.


Hospitality Team

This team engages with the guests of major rentals creating a welcoming and safe environment, ushering, helping with sales and more. 


Children & Youth Ministries

Countless men and women work to create a safe, nurturing environment for your children and youth to learn and have fun. 


Worship Teams

Our worship team leads the congregation of Gateway each week in singing songs, hymns, and spiritual songs to our Lord and God.