“I prefer a Church which is bruised, hurting and dirty because it has been out on the streets, rather than a Church which is unhealthy from being confined and from clinging to its own security. I do not want a Church concerned with being at the centre and then ends by being caught up in a web of obsessions and procedures. If something should rightly disturb us and trouble our consciences, it is the fact that so many of our brothers and sisters are living without the strength, light and consolation born of friendship with Jesus Christ, without a community of faith to support them, without meaning and a goal in life. More than by fear of going astray, my hope is that we will be moved by the fear of remaining shut up within structures which give us a false sense of security, within rules which make us harsh judges, within habits which make us feel safe, while at our door people are starving and Jesus does not tire of saying to us: ‘Give them something to eat’ (Mark 6:37).” -Pope Francis
At Resurrection Sheepshead Bay we want to be Jesus’ hands and feet to those living in both our neighborhood, as well as beyond to all of New York City. Below you will find some of the ways we regularly seek to do this. For up other opportunities and up to date information, check our calendar located on the homepage.
On October 30th, 2012, Resurrection Brooklyn church members began serving in the temporary shelters for Hurricane Sandy survivors that were being set up in Park Slope, Clinton Hill, and Williamsburg . As the week progressed and just how long it would take for our city to recover set in, the congregations of Resurrection Brooklyn started a full time volunteer rebuild program to come alongside our neighbors who would need assistance relocating or rebuilding post-Sandy. This ministry became known as Resurrection Brooklyn Relief. For almost three years, we have sought to act as a conduit of materials and coordinated volunteer resources. As a full time Sandy recovery program, RBRelief closed its services on August 31st, 2015. For a recap of this ministry’s great work, you can read about it here.
However, Sandy recovery is far from complete in Brooklyn. Resurrection Sheepshead Bay is committed to serving their neighbors with unmet Sandy related needs as a local church body. We will participate in regular volunteer day opportunities in Sandy recovery, both by organizing projects as a church and/or volunteering with other Sandy recovery organizations still active in Brooklyn. Stay tuned to our list of upcoming events for opportunities to join our neighbors in putting our city back to whole post-Sandy.
Safe Families for Children
All churches in the Resurrection Brooklyn network are participating in a ministry called Safe Families for Children that reaches out to children and their parents in our community who are in crisis due to situations like homelessness, domestic violence, job loss or illness. Safe Families for Children is an alternative to foster care that through the involvement and resources of the local church, both human and financial, enables families to remain intact and to thrive. Safe Families for Children has not previously had a presence in NYC and we are excited to be a part of its startup! There are many ways to be involved in this ministry. We are seeking both individuals and families that have an interest in coming alongside families in crisis, reaching out to at-risk youth and kids, or participating in the type of biblical hospitality that opens our homes to those who are suffering in this way. You can also visit the New York City page on the Safe Families website to learn more about the 3 key volunteer roles by clicking on the link here. If you are interested in the next training day or in becoming a host family, email Laura Galt at firstname.lastname@example.org.