This fall we kicked off Love Taylors with a one-day event on September 16 where we called on you, our church, to use your gifts, skills, and passions to reach out and partner with neighbors in the shadow of our steeple to help meet needs through projects such as home repairs, bicycle repairs, and neighborhood beautification.
Here’s a sample of what Love Taylors accomplished:
Village Wrench: Village Wrench is a public workshop and neighborhood effort to enrich Greenville’s urban communities through bicycle repair, bike earning, and volunteerism. The newest monthly repair site is right here in Taylors! If your neighbor’s bike needs attention, they can bring it by. www.villagewrench.org
Home Repairs: Skilled volunteers formed several Home Repair Teams to respond to needs expressed by women coming through our Single Mom’s Oil Change. Repairs were minor ones completed that day or larger, on-going repairs.
Just for Today Recovery Homes: Just for Today operates three homes in Taylors that minister to ladies as they journey to freedom from addictions. These homes are within two miles of our church. The women of Taylors FBC have established an on-going ministry to the residents of these houses, and three teams of volunteers continued to love these women by meeting needs that included minor repairs, painting and yard work.
Mission 1:27 Giving Closet: Mission 1:27 ministers to adopting and fostering families and also collects items to help meet needs through a Giving Closet located in the Taylors Community Center. Volunteers sorted and packed clothing to give to DSS workers for “first day kits” to be given to foster children on their first day in a new home.
Financial Toolbox for Women: This free workshop for women in the Taylors community, including our Single Mom’s Oil Change participants and Just For Today residents, explained basic financial management from budgeting to savings. A skilled financial team and women’s mentors taught simple, yet effective strategies for managing home and family finances.
Miracle Hill Oil Change Clinic: A team of our skilled Single Mom’s Oil Change volunteers led an oil change clinic for the boys at Miracle Hill Boys Shelter to teach basic car maintenance skills. Please join us in prayer for the relationships that were built through this clinic.
Refuge Sports: Fishing and Cookout: Volunteers hosted families through Refuge Sports for an afternoon of fishing, recreation, and a cookout.
Beautification and Clean Up:
Main Street, Taylors: Several volunteer teams worked in conjunction with Greenville County and private businesses on clean-up and beautification efforts along Main Street, Taylors.
Taylors Park on Taylors Road: Our own Taylors Park provides recreational opportunities for families, local organizations, and the surrounding community. Families served together on simple clean-up and beautification efforts.
Prayer Teams: We had prayer walking and prayer driving teams who went out into the Taylors community to cover the streets in prayer. We also had a prayer room for those who wanted to participate but prefered to stay on campus!