March 18, 2018
By Jackson Reed
Good morning! My name is Jackson Reed and I am a senior at South Windsor high school.
As Hannah just said, the events in Parkland were terrible and no student should ever have to feel unsafe going to high school. This reminds me of how Wapping Community Church helps people feel not alone when we come together and support our community in so many ways.
We work with MACC- the Manchester Area Council of Churches to collect food, socks, underwear and prepare meals. We work with simply smiles and do our mission trips through them. We hold Vacation Bible School every summer where all of our community’s kids are welcomed into our church for a week. Once a week we left Food Share come to our church and distribute food to those in need. Every year we contribute to a retirement fund for pastors and their families that are struggling to make ends me meet. We support families in times of grief. We work with the department of children’s and families to collect supplies and assemble backpacks for the school year for children in need. We participate in the “Cathedral in the Night” in North Hampton Massachusetts. Every year around Christmas time the SPF kids go caroling around our community to those were shut-ins. We also offer rides to those who don’t have one to church or any other services. We have a Christmas giving tree every December. We participate very well we support Mary’s Place which helps creating kids and families in times of need. Additionally are at church we support the meetings of Alcoholics Anonymous and narcotics anonymous. we allow the Boy Scouts and various sports to use our gym every week. We lead a discussion program in our community that is open to all called community conversations. Lastly we have a concert series that runs throughout the year with music performances that meet a variety of people. By being involved in such a wide for your variety of programs we try to help others in our community feel not so alone and included.
It is important to me to be involved with Wapping church because helping others feel less alone often does the same for me. For example when SPF goes Christmas caroling, we go in groups with our friends and that night helps me to forget about my often stressful day.
In the Bible Romans chapter 15 verse seven says “welcome one another, therefore, just as Christ has welcomed you for the glory of God.”
The Bible also says in Matthew chapter 25 verse 35 “for I was hungry and you gave me food I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink I was a stranger and you welcomed me. I was naked and you gave me clothing. I was sick and you took care of me. I was in prison and you visited me.”
As we look at the events in the world it is important to help others always feel not alone and to help them remember that God is always with them.