5% Challenge Celebration: Making a Difference in Moody
By Rev. Tim Bailey
We at Moody United Methodist Church are seeing wonderful results from the “Make a Difference Campaign.” Our average worship attendance for 2004 was 97 per Sunday. We set a goal to increase our average worship attendance by 10% for the “Make a Difference Campaign.” Through the last Sunday of March, our average worship attendance is 121, which is a 25% increase over our 2004 average attendance.
The biggest factor leading to our increase in worship has been our living our vision statement, which is “Serving God by Serving Others.” We use the Servant Evangelism approach to outreach. We gave “Welcome Back to School” gift bags to the elementary school kids on the first day of school. We served free hot chocolate and coffee at the Moody Christmas Parade. On opening day of baseball, we gave out free popcorn and soft drinks. Each gift has a card which says, “We hope this small gift brings some light into your day. It’s a simple way of saying that God loves you – no strings attached.” Also, the card has contact information and worship time on it. This Easter we will be serving Sausage and Biscuits with coffee at the Community Easter Sunrise Service.
Several of our small groups using a Servant Evangelism approach have added to our worship attendance. For example our Loving Hands Crafters for Christ makes chemo caps for kids, Bosom Buddies pillows for Breast Cancer patients, Sleepy Vests (for kids in ICU with multi-tubes and lines), etc.
Also, each month we have invited special groups to be our special guests for worship (i.e. Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, Moody Football Team, Moody Marching Band, St. Clair Count Correctional Officers, etc.).
We are striving to make a difference by doing what Jesus said, “Whoever serves me must follow me; and where I am, my servant also will be, My Father will honor the one who serves me” (John 12:26).