YORKVILLE – The Big Day of Serving will take place Oct. 12, when teens from across the Midwest join together for a day of revitalizing Kendall County.
This year’s community projects will include painting the Kendall County Food Pantry, sodding the Cannonball Park Baseball Field and creating a prayer garden for the Caring Hands Thrift Shop.
More than 400 volunteers participated in last year’s Big Day of Serving, including Logan Heck, 17, of Yorkville, whose youth group from Cross Lutheran Church completed a parking lot near a local baseball field and park area.
“I had some much needed fellowship with my youth group, I had quite a bit of fun, and at the end of the day, I felt a great sense of accomplishment in doing God’s work where I was called to do so,” Heck said.
“Understanding what we could do in Christ physically helped me to have that simple reminder that we can achieve all things with God, things much greater than the work that we achieve in one day. From starting out in worship, to ending with fellowship, it is an entire day that I personally dedicated to God, and that in itself is rewarding.”
Heck added, “The sense of accomplishment in knowing the positive and Christlike effect you have on those in the community in which you serve is necessary for all youth groups.
“Service in one of the most important things that Christians need to understand – we are the Lord’s hands and feet, therefore we need to be active.”
Teens were challenged spiritually, mentally and physically.
They worked to change lives by restoring an entire neighborhood, one project at a time, in just one day.
Youth group leaders can register their group at TheBigDayofServing.com.
There is a fee of $34 per person on or before Sept. 12, or $40 per person after Sept. 12. Participants receive lunch, a T-shirt, work supplies and entrance to an end-of-day celebration where youth groups will share stories and reflect on the rewards of serving others at a high-energy and worship-filled rally.
Local volunteers are also needed to guide the teens and direct them on various projects.
If you could assist in that way, fill out an application at www.hiscross.org. Project requests are still being accepted.
Potential projects this year could involve painting, landscaping, cleaning, or the like.
If you have a need or could use this type of help, apply on line at www.hiscross.org by clicking on The Big Day of Serving button or call 630-553-7335 and speak to Bill Ziech.
The Big Day of Serving is sponsored by Group Publishing and hosted by Cross Lutheran Church in Yorkville.