SHERIDAN — Approximately 450 people from four local churches skipped church Sunday — but it was for a good cause. They wanted to get outside the church walls and put their faith into action around the Sheridan community.
Part of a national movement known as Faith in Action Sunday, the morning was an opportunity for believers to “be the church,” said Tony Forman, senior pastor at Cornerstone Church.
“It was an opportunity to get outside of the walls of the church and go be the church, go do acts of kindness,” Forman said. “It’s not about what we deserve; it’s about God’s mercy. It’s physically going out and showing the love and mercy of God to our community.”
Faith in Action participants completed nearly 40 service projects around town between 9 a.m. and noon. The day began with a short worship service and ended with lunch in Kendrick Park.
Projects included yard work and house repairs for widows and single mothers in the community. One group even built a small porch to replace a badly damaged one for someone in need.
Service groups also did trash pickup along the interstate and the Sheridan pathways system and visited Sugarland Ridge to sing songs and encourage elderly residents. Projects that couldn’t be completed in a couple hours will be ongoing for the next several weeks.
Faith in Action Sunday is held the first Sunday in June each year. Forman hopes more churches will begin to participate over the years.
“We can talk about it, we can celebrate God’s goodness to us, but then we need to go out and demonstrate it to those around us,” Forman said.
Churches that participated Sunday were Bethesda Worship Center, Cornerstone Church, Grace Anglican Church and Sheridan Wesleyan Church.