It was a gorgeous day in Crown Heights Brooklyn last month and Bridge Church was there to serve during the James E. Davis Family Day event., presented by the 43rd District’s Assemblywoman Diana Richardson, who is in her first term with the New York State Assembly.
Like the perfect movie scene of a city summer day, there was the mouthwatering smell of jerk chicken on the grill, the icee woman scooping perfect rainbow icee’s, a killer DJ spinning the songs of the summer and children playing in the cool water of the fire hydrant. It was a gorgeous day in Crown Heights Brooklyn last month and Bridge Church was there to serve during the James E. Davis Family Day event, presented by the 43rd District’s Assemblywoman Diana Richardson, who is in her first term with the New York State Assembly.
Hosted in one of the most vibrant and diverse communities in Brooklyn, Crown Heights, the community came out in large numbers to help make the event a success. In the best of block party style, Family Day, which was completely free for the community, showcased everything from a rock climbing wall and riding bull to huge inflatable bouncy courses, raffles and more. There was face painting and temporary tattoos for children, while vendors such as the Brooklyn Public Library and CAMBA set up trucks for attendees to check out books and to receive information on a variety of services. Participating vendors provided free resources, information, food, snacks and drinks for everyone involved.
Our own Bridge Church family played an integral part in shaping the day by volunteering our time to service. Our Bridge Church members played an integral role in the day. Amanda and Yvonne helped with food distribution and cooking, while Liz and Moriah assisted with vendor setups, then organized and manned the children’s game area. John and Pastor Rich helped organize the volunteers’ responsibilities then met and chatted with many local residents.
“Community day was a fantastic opportunity to not only see the Crown Heights community come out but also an opportunity to meet real needs.” Pastor Rich commented. “I was able to see the people rally behind Assemblywoman Diana Richardson, a person who they feel is a real leader and voice for them. I got to meet the city comptroller Scott Stringer and other movers and shakers in Brooklyn. It was good to see people not just rally around the police brutality issue as a problem but also see them rally around the people who are offering solutions. John Louis was our point person as he is the Constituent Services Manager for the Assemblywoman. Being able to see him move in his giftings even at work was dynamic. It was also good to see how open people were to the truth of the gospel and how the idea of grace still rocks people to their core.”
Our mission at the Bridge Church is threefold: 1) Connect to God 2) Grow with Family, and 3) Serve our City. Family Day provided us with a valuable opportunity to serve our city. As a church, we strive to show the love of Christ to our community, and events like these allow us to show love by meeting the needs of our neighbors. The Bible tells us that our Lord Jesus “came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many” (Mark 10:45) It also reminds us that “as each has received a gift”, we should “use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God’s varied grace” (1 Peter 4:10).
While Bridge Church grows as a church, we want to continue to grow together within our communities as well. We are always looking for ways to serve the community and we were blessed to receive the opportunity to be involved in the first local community family day event last month. As we continue to serve our city, we can rest assure that our neighbors will really begin to see and experience the true love of Christ through us.