Church is something that happens primarily outside of the context of a Sunday service. We want to do more than meet, have committees, and ask for money. Biblical Christianity is something that has the power to change the world, one community at a time. For this reason, we endeavor to place ourselves in those places that we believe Jesus is at. As it says somewhere in Galatians, “The whole law is summed up in this, love your neighbor as yourself”. Out of this desire, we seek to express the mercy of Christ in the following ways:
Free prayer outreach – Monday mornings 7:30-9am
“If anyone gives even a cup of cold water to one of these little ones, truly I tell you, that person will certainly not lose their reward.” – Matthew 10:42
Monday mornings we set up a cold water/hot coffee table (depending on the season) and offer these drinks to the good folks on their way to work on Wrightsboro Road each morning. Along with these drinks we tote our “free prayer” sign and have an opportunity to share prayer and the love of God with our neighbors.
First Friday outreach – First Fridays, seasonal
“Heal the sick, cast out demons, freely you received, freely give.” – Matthew 10:8
Augusta celebrates the arts every first Friday, a gathering of hundreds and sometimes thousands of people on the streets of downtown Augusta. We send a team with bottled water or hot coffee and a sign that says “Free Prayer”. God always does awesome stuff as we’re able to pray for strangers and watch them open up to the grace of God. Come join us, it’s always amazing!
Nursing home visitation – on occasion
“This is pure religion, to visit widows in their distress.” – James 1
VCC continues a long relationship with the residents of Augusta Gardens and Windermere Nursing Homes. This is a wonderful opportunity to spend time with those who, in many cases, have no family or friends. It is beautiful to watch the love of Christ dispel loneliness and bring joy and comfort to the elderly.
Food pantry outreach– bring some food to drop off every Sunday
“Divide your bread with the hungry.” – Isaiah 58
In the Old Testament, the faithful were instructed to leave portions of their fields and fruit trees for the poor of the land. Today, we have the opportunity to spend a few extra dollars each week as we buy our own groceries and donate the food to the hungry.
Chapel at the mission – Every 3rd Sunday at 6pm
“When you did it to the least of these, you did it to me.” – Matthew 25
The men of VCC have enjoyed years of rich relationship with the residents of Augusta Rescue Mission, a 9-month rehabilitation program for homeless men. Join us to pray and then carpool to the mission where we help with a chapel service and then enjoy coffee and conversation with the residents there.
Work with troubled youth – in process
“This is true religion, to care for orphans in their distress.” – James 1
We are in the process of beginning a new ministry to troubled youth and gang members in the Augusta area. This involves mentoring and teaching at facilities such as YDC and Lighthouse. For more information visit www.fullcirclerefuge.org.