Brooklyn Churches Neighborhood Cleanup

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“NY CityServe strikes again!” This just might be the joyful anthem heard throughout the city as more and more churches continue to partner together to collaborate and serve their neighbors in tangible and meaningful ways.

In the Sunset Park neighborhood of Brooklyn, dozens of church members from four area churches hit the streets and neighboring parks, armed with tools and trash bags for a neighborhood cleanup on May 16. Although the forecast called for rain, the day remained dry and the overcast skies granted pleasant “working weather” and temperate conditions.

Some members of the community were so encouraged by the church in action that they spontaneously pitched in to help and many showed their appreciation with hearty smiles, a thumbs up, or a shout out of thanks.

Approximately 50 church volunteers were easily spotted wearing a NY CityServe t-shirt, and they enjoyed many opportunities to answer questions, witness about Jesus, invite neighbors to NY CityFest events, or simply offer a kindness and word of encouragement. Curious passers-by often asked who they were and why they were serving. NY CityServe volunteers simply answered, “We’re here from neighboring churches to serve our community in Jesus’ name.”

A special note of thanks goes to coordinator Pastor Tim Chen of Grace Chinese Alliance Church, and partnering churches, Second Evangelical Church, 59th Street Lutheran Brethren, and First Evangelical Free Church.

Community Heroes

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Community Heroes is a collaboration with a number of local churches and community organizations, including:  Trellis, Nice Think, Liberty City, Trinity Grace Park Slope, Apostles Brooklyn, and Bindery NYC. The collaborative projects highlight and celebrate the lives of everyday people living and serving in overlooked and often neglected neighborhoods.

The photo installations and documentary have been on display recently in Brooklyn at a number of fun events, including a festival in Fort Green, PHOTOVILLE (a FREE annual festival photo installation at Brooklyn Bridge Park. This modular venue built from re-purposed shipping containers has become the largest annual photographic event in New York City and among the most-attended photographic events nationwide welcoming over 72,000 visitors), where this year Community Heroes was featured as one of the installations!  During the showing there were opportunities to meet some of the heroes.

A documentary was also screened at BRIC – B-Scene Documentary Night (a night for visitors to view locally produced documentaries that tell unique stories rooted in culture and community). Community Heroes was one of three projects screened followed by a forum and audience Q and A about the projects.  Some of the heroes highlighted were also at the event for a meet and greet.

Click here to learn more about Trellis and Community Heroes.