Churches across New York and New Jersey are heading into their communities on Monday to honor Martin Luther King, Jr.’s commitment to service.
According to the Christian Post, three churches, one in New York and two in New Jersey, are spending their Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday by participating in service projects in their communities.
St. Matthias Catholic church community in Somerset, New Jersey will be volunteering their time on MLK Day, but according to a spokeswoman for the church, Ana Kelly, this is only one of six service days that the church participates in annually.
The church members volunteer at organizations across several New Jersey counties including a Habitat for Humanity ReStore, a Ronald McDonald House, a food bank and the Pregnancy Aid Center. St. Matthias even includes their young members in the volunteer activities. Kelly told the Christian Post that this year the middle school students at the church’s sister-school will have the chance to work with the St. Matthias Faith Formation program and the Center for FaithJustice to learn about Martin Luther King, Jr. and volunteer in small groups at various locations.
New York City-based church, Trinity Church Wall Street, has a tradition of service on MLK Day, the Christian Post reports. Over the past several years the church family has come together to combat poverty in their community. Ruth Frey the director of Justice and Reconciliation at the church said this year, Trinity Church would be hosting a program called “This is America,” which is working to inform people about “the systemic nature of poverty.”
According to the Episcopal church’s website, the church has volunteer events planned out for the entire weekend. On Friday, parishioners met to pack brown bag lunches for those in need, on Saturday, parish members took to the streets to participate in the NYC Women’s March and on Sunday, the church hosted a special service which was followed by more bagged lunch packing. On Monday, the church will be hosting their “This is America program,” which the website says “offers an opportunity to better understand and reconsider poverty” through exercises and simulations.
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Source: Christian Headlines