Biloxi First UMC service puts faith into action


Special to the Advocate


About 75 volunteers, ranging in age from 3 to 93, turned out for a faith-in-action Sunday of Service in Biloxi.


Sponsored by Biloxi First United Methodist Church, the volunteers spent the time normally devoted to the Sunday worship service to helping others. The event was held on March 4. The day concluded a four-week study of putting faith into action.


The volunteers were divided among several projects, including some beautification projects. Among those was a major landscaping project at a house the church’s disaster volunteers had refurbished.


Another group planted flower beds at a church member’s home and extended her concrete driveway. A third group cleaned up a large yard at another home repaired by disaster volunteers, and a fourth group cleaned up a green area next to a city park.


A team of five volunteers served lunch along with lots of homemade desserts at the Gulf Coast Rescue Mission.


The youngest volunteers decorated 200 lunch sacks at the church, and these were packed with snack items. The snack sacks were shared by Back Bay Mission and Loaves & Fishes – two community ministries that serve the homeless population.


Some volunteers prepared personal hygiene kits that included a face cloth, comb, toothbrush and toothpaste, Kleenex, adhesive bandages, soap, shampoo and lotion. These were given to Loaves & Fishes and Back Bay Mission.


Another team of volunteers dove into boxes and bags of Mardi Gras beads that had been donated for a mission trip to Honduras. They sorted beads by size and boxed them.


Participants packed hospital kits for a women’s shelter that gives this to victims of sexual assault when they go to the hospital. In the packages were a change of clothing, underwear, flip-flops and personal hygiene items.


The evening worship service was an uplifting experience with many testimonies of personal blessings, spiritual energy and community gratitude.