Bridgeville Community Outreach Center
While it is unarguable that Christians and churches over the centuries have had numerous mistakes and failures in various areas. While I never claim to speak for all Christians, or even for those who attend our church, I only speak for myself. Perhaps one of many definitions of a Christian is someone who has admitted they have failed to live life on their own and need God’s help in every area of their life, both in this life and in the life to come. With this in mind many people do not understand why there are so many different varieties of Christian denominations, and while I would love to give a brief 2,000 year history of the Christian church, this is not the time, space, nor place.
However, many (even fellow Christians) wonder why Christians do not partner together more to accomplish the common good, serve their fellow man, and meet needs in the local community. I personally believe and preach, very passionately, that church’s and Christians should have two primary goals: to be a “hospital” to provide hope and peace for the hurting in the local community, and to be a “school” to make solid Biblical disciples, that reflect and honor God in all things. It is my sincere hope that upon reading this article, the residents of Bridgeville and the South Hills, will have a greater appreciation (not that they already don’t) of each of the local churches and ministries in our community.
I became President of the Bridgeville Ministerium in June of 2011 and have since worked very closely with most of the churches and ministers in the Bridgeville area. Bridgeville is extremely blessed with some of the absolute best ministers and churches in the entire area! The unity that exists between each of these ministers and churches is unparalleled. They each have a deeper heart and desire to serve, help, and impact, our community. We meet on the first Tuesday of every month for lunch and fellowship and to discuss how we can greatly impact and serve our community together. We have three primary events each year: an Easter Sunrise service, the National Day of Payer, and an all-churches community picnic in the summer.
Recently the Bridgeville Ministerium has witnessed a large increase in the volume of those in need in our community. Realizing that there was no place in Bridgeville for those in need to go to seek help in even the most basic areas of food, winter coats, and baby diapers, the Ministerium began praying for God to open a door where the Ministerium could fill this void. We believe that God has answered our prayer and opened a wonderful door of opportunity for us to meet the needs and serve the hurting in our community.
Since the official opening of the Bridgeville Community Outreach Center on October 6th, we have served over 30 families with food boxes, given out more than 10 winter coats, and gave 10 diaper packs to those in need. The Outreach Center is located at 715 Washington Avenue in Bridgeville (across from the Post Office). It serves as a central location for the Ministerium to serve those in need in our community. The Outreach Center is open on the first Saturday of each month from 8am-12pm. It will provide more than just food. The Outreach Center will provide the following: 40lbs. food boxes per family, winter coats, baby diapers.
The Bridgeville Community Outreach Center is sponsored by the local churches and ministries in Bridgeville and operated by Journey Assembly of God church in Bridgeville.