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Serving the servants

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Author: HOPE
Published: 09/02/2015

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On the Thursday before Easter, also known as Maundy or Holy Thursday, we remember how Jesus washed the feet of the disciples, demonstrating the kind of service and love we’re to display to the world. This provides us with a great opportunity to go out into our communities and show people the servant-hearted love of Jesus.


The idea is simple: find a modern day equivalent of washing someone’s feet, and head out as an individual, family, small group or church to say thank you! You could give out small gift, like flowers or chocolates and accompany them with a card that says the receiver is really appreciated for all they do in your area. You could also say that you are praying for them and give them a way to contact you with any prayer requests (such as an email address). The idea is not to do a hard-sell, but to find simple ways to say thank you, to bless people and to demonstrate that we serve a loving and generous God.



  • Churches Together for Eastbourne say thank you to the town’s street cleaners by holding 'Street Cleaners Awards Evening', where the Mayor awards trophies after everyone has enjoyed a fish and chip supper.

Rationale

There are so many people who work day in, day out to serve our communities. We could not function without postal workers, refuse collectors, lollipop men/ladies, nurses, youth workers, bus drivers, doctors, teachers, police officers, local council workers, and many more. Often these servants work long hours, and do not always receive much appreciation. Wouldn't it be amazing if we could show these public servants that their work is noticed and that we are grateful for all they do?

Outcome

Public servants are encouraged, the church grows in kindness.


This idea can be found on page 92 of Hope Heartbeat ©2013 HOPE08 Ltd. For more ideas, Hope Heartbeat is available for purchase from the website above.



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