“Our town through His eyes.” That was the purpose of Impact Palmyra when it originated back in 2012. At that time, Encounter Church of Palmyra’s youth pastor, Steve Mann, dreamed of having the youth take a missions trip to our own town of Palmyra. Steve and a team of Senior High youth planned the entire trip. Throughout the week, youth slept at the church and served in the community in a variety of ways. The purpose of the trip was for the youth to see their own town through God’s eyes…to see the hurt and the needs of the people, and to develop relationships with people in our community. Impact Palmyra occurred again in the summer of 2014.
In 2017 Encounter Church reintroduced Impact Palmyra to our church family, and in 2018 we are continuing to carry forward that initial desire that everyone in our church would see “our town through His eyes.” As with last year, we will be partnering with the Caring Cupboard and others in seeking to meet the expressed needs within our community. We will be working all over the greater Palmyra area–in people’s homes, in local parks, you name it. Beyond the completion of these physical projects, we most of all want to practice the ministry of presence, and humbly live out the Gospel in both word and deed. We are excited for this event because we know the brokenness in our community is no match for the power of Jesus!
Who can get involved?
Anyone can participate in Impact Palmyra! Adults, youth, families with children, young adults… This event will include many different ways to serve, and we hope to see the vast majority of our church mobilized to participate!
What To Expect…
Monday through Friday, August 6-10, we will work in teams throughout our community from 9-4pm, doing a variety of different service projects. In the evening (once everyone has cleaned themselves up!) we will meet for potluck meals at 6pm at the church, hopefully along with some of the people we are serving throughout the week. We will close each evening with some time of communal worship and encouragement, as we pray for the Holy Spirit to equip us so that we can go out and share Jesus’ love again the next day!
On Saturday the 11th, Encounter will be hosting a massive block party to cap off the week. This is an opportunity to invite all the people we’ve worked with, and to have some fun–with inflatables, good food, lawn games, a basketball tournament, and more.
How much will this event cost me?
There is no cost for this event! The most important thing we could ask you to do is to donate your time–to make room in your schedule for you and your family to be a part of this event! Beyond that, there will be upcoming opportunities for you to donate food, tools and perhaps even money to aid some of what we will be undertaking.
More specific information will be available on March 4th when sign-up for Impact Palmyra go live. In the meantime, please be praying for this event, and how God may be calling you to participate! And pray for those in our community who have pressing needs, that those needs would be met either through this event or otherwise. We want to see Jesus transform this town, and pray that our efforts would in some small part aid that.