Service in the Community: The Church Has Left The Building

the church has left the building

What does “The Church Has Left The Building” mean? On Sunday November 6, the Hopewell United Methodist Church will join other area churches in NJ and PA in a community-wide service event helping to feed and minister to many people in the community.

Congregations will not be in Sunday morning worship, but we will be leaving our buildings on this Sunday to be the hands and feet of Jesus in countless community projects.

The Hopewell Council of Churches is coordinating this community-wide event, so we will get to meet members and volunteers from other churches.

After gathering for an opening worship at Calvary Baptist, we will be doing projects such as making sandwiches for TASK (Trenton Area Soup Kitchen), preparing dry soup starters, making sandals for Africa, stocking food pantries, making quilts for deployed military, rebuilding homes, packing boxes for Operation Christmas Child, and so much more.

In the evening, all participants will gather at Hopewell Methodist Church to share a meal and an evening worship service to celebrate the ways the Spirit of God moved throughout the day.

This will be a fantastic opportunity to connect with our neighbors, extend love to the world, and get a little taste of the Kingdom of God.

Below is the schedule for the day. (Reminder – turn your clocks back on Saturday so you will be on time!)

9AM – Light refreshments at Calvary Baptist Church (on Broad Steet)
9:30AM – Commissioning service at Calvary Baptist Church
10AM – Dismiss to service projects
5PM – Chili Dinner at Hopewell United Methodist Church
6PM – Ecumenical worship service at Hopewell United Methodist Church

Here’s the projects and locations:

Operation Christmas Child – Hopewell United Methodist Church
Hearts & Hammers (Home repair & Maintenance) – Private home, Hopewell
Bagged lunches for TASK – Hopewell Presbyterian
Wagon Train (Food collection for food pantries) – West end of Hopewell borough
No-sew Fleece blankets for soldiers– Calvary Baptist
Soup Starters for Fisherman’s Mark – Calvary Baptist
Sole Hope (sandals for Africa) – Hopewell Presbyterian

Please see the sign up sheets in our church foyer, and select your project and see what items we are collecting for the projects.

If you have any questions, please call 609-466-0471 or email:

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