Over the years, we have offered ‘radical hospitality’ to the Winter Park community during the Winter Park Sidewalk Art Festival. Throughout that weekend each March, we offer cold water station in front of the sanctuary, as well as restrooms and facilities as a cool place for rest and prayer.
Some of you may not know that when this ministry first began we offered the community cold water in plastic bottles. Several years ago, we asked the question – ‘Why are we giving plastic water bottles?’ While there are types of plastic bottles that are recyclable, the bottles were often not being recycled. On the hunt for a solution, three years ago a member of the Green Team found a vendor who sold water in readily recyclable cardboard boxes. Since that discovery, we have given boxed water and encouraged people to refill their reusable water bottles at our filling station.
Though just one weekend a year, this ministry effort has had a lasting impact on our community! This really is one of the unique intergenerational opportunities at our church. It’s an opportunity for families and children to serve the local community right here at home.
“I tell you the truth, anyone who gives you a cup of water in my name because you belong to Christ will certainly not lose his reward.” Mark 9:41