In an effort to serve the hungry around the world, Liquid Church, one of Outreach Magazine’s fastest-growing American churches, once again packed over one million holiday meals in a single weekend during the church’s annual Christmas Outreach. In addition to serving the global hungry at Christmas, volunteers were encouraged to bring winter gear donations to their outreach location, which will benefit New York City Relief, a mobile resource center serving the homeless and hungry at multiple locations across New York City and New Jersey.
“For many of us, Christmas means overstuffed schedules, credit card debt, and skyrocketing stress. We struggle to find the connection between our holiday to-do lists and the story of Jesus’ birth,” said Tim Lucas, founder and lead pastor of Liquid Church, author of Liquid Church: 6 Powerful Currents to Saturate Your City for Christ. “This year, we flipped the script as we came together with the community to serve our brothers and sisters in need: both at home and around the world!”
On December 6th and 7th, over 6,000 volunteers gathered at seven locations across six New Jersey counties to meet the goal of packing one million meals. Designed as a family event, children and parents served alongside each other, working in an “assembly line fashion” in order to pack thousands of meals in short order. Liquid Church, one of Outreach Magazine’s fastest-growing American churches, partnered with Feed My Starving Children, a faith-based nonprofit organization with a vision to eliminate malnutrition and starvation in children throughout the world.
As part of the community Christmas Outreach, volunteers not only served the hungry around the world, but the hurting and homeless at home, too. Homelessness has spiked in New Jersey – and the Winter months are particularly difficult for the homeless. That’s why volunteers were encouraged to bring new winter hats, gloves or scarfs to their Christmas Outreach location to donate to New York City Relief.
“Serving others is the heartbeat of our church,” Lucas said. “As a pastor in New Jersey, I’ve found that many people in the Northeast have given up on church, but haven’t quite given up on God… and that’s why at Liquid Church, we exist to serve our neighbors-in-need and bless those outside our church walls.”