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COMMUNITY IMPACT – MAY 2018

City Impact Church warms up Auckland

One thousand Aucklanders will sleep warmer this winter thanks to City Impact Church. Volunteers from the church donated a thousand blankets and six hundred sets of pajamas to families in need across Auckland as part of their latest Community Impact Day last Saturday.

The items were donated by individuals and families who attend City Impact Church.

“We knew of so many people in our community facing a cold winter without enough blankets this year,” said the church’s Senior Pastors Peter and Bev Mortlock. “We realized that giving blankets and pajamas was something simple we could do to reach out and make a difference in people’s lives.”

As well as delivering the blankets, church members visited one hundred homes to carry out cleaning, maintenance and gardening for people in the community.

More City Impact volunteers put on a Family Fun Day in Hobsonville with bouncy castles, face painting and a free sausage sizzle.

Community Impact Days regularly see a turnout of over 500 volunteers from the church’s North Shore, Mt Wellington and West Auckland campuses. For more on the event go to www.communityimpact.co.nz.

 

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COMMUNITY IMPACT – MARCH

Church Volunteers Lend a Hand

City Impact Church helped people in their community last Saturday, with hundreds of volunteers turning out for Community Impact Day, an event the church runs four times a year. In total, church members visited 50 homes across Auckland to carry out cleaning, gardening and home maintenance for people in need of assistance.

One team visited Mt Roskill resident, Georgina, to overhaul her garden, trimming trees, pulling weeds and mowing the overgrown lawn.

“My family and I were so grateful for the help, especially with the lawn,” said Georgina. “We really appreciated it.”

Another team went to the home of a Blockhouse Bay resident to clear her yard and restore it to its former glory.

“The garden had gone beyond the point where I could tackle it on my own,” she said. “It needed a team, and when the team came from City Impact Church I was so blessed and thankful.”

Meanwhile, for one community member, life had become overwhelming trying to juggle housework with raising a large family. City Impact volunteers visited to help spring clean her home, enabling her to get ahead.

“I was so happy to receive the help from City Impact Church,” she said. “I’ve got a lot of kids, and the work that the volunteers did was really appreciated.”

More volunteers visited a woman to clean some windows where her four-year-old had been doing his ‘artwork’.  They also scrubbed her kitchen and brought bag loads of clothes for her and her family, donated by church members. The woman is herself a community volunteer who feeds the homeless in her area.

“I really appreciated the church’s generosity in taking time out of their lives to come and do some things that I’ve been finding it hard to get to,” she said. “They’ve all taught me something – that the community does care.”

“As a church, we love getting out into our community and making a difference in people’s lives,” says City Impact Church Senior Pastor Bev Mortlock. “It’s all about showing God’s love to people in a practical way, and letting them know that we care.”

Senior Pastor Peter Mortlock agrees.

“We want to let people know there’s a church in their area that’s not afraid to roll up its sleeves and get stuck in to help out,” he says.

City Impact Church’s next Community Impact Day will run in June and will be focussed on helping vulnerable families make it through the cold winter months. For more information, visit www.communityimpact.co.nz.

 

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COMMUNITY IMPACT – NOVEMBER

CITY IMPACT CHURCH CELEBRATES CHRISTMAS

City Impact Church started Christmas early this month, giving away 1100 Christmas gift boxes to people in the community.

Recipients of the beautifully wrapped boxes ranged from children and infants, to those with disabilities, to single parents and elderly community members.

“Christmas can be a tough time for many families and we want to let them know that we care,” says Senior Pastor Peter Mortlock. “It’s about showing God’s love to people in a practical way.”

Now in its tenth year, City Impact Church’s Christmas gift box giveaway has become well known in the community. One church member recently had a young work colleague reminisce about the gift box she received as a teen, saying what a difference it had made at the time and how she’d never forget it.

Church members choose an individual in the community and fill up a box with gifts for that person. Many of the people are referred to City Impact Church by other community organisations like Grandparents Raising Grandchildren and Te Puna Hauora.

While some volunteers delivered the boxes, others put up Christmas decorations at North Shore and Waitakere Hospitals, complementing the efforts of staff on the wards to celebrate the festive season and enhance patient experience.

“Having loved ones in hospital is tough, especially at Christmas time,” says City Impact Church Community Impact Manager Mary-Kath Laita. “We want to do what we can to bring some peace and joy to people’s lives at this time of year.”  Others volunteers carried out cleaning, gardening and home maintenance for people in need of a hand.

Now City Impact Church is getting ready to welcome the community to three Christmas Experiences, 7.30pm Sunday 17 December, 9pm Christmas Eve and 9am Christmas morning. Perfect for the whole family, these one-hour services will feature beautiful vocal items and plenty of well-loved carols all in a heart-warming Christmas atmosphere.

“Coming to church at Christmas time is a special part of the celebrations,” says City Impact Church Senior Pastor Bev Mortlock.  “Amongst the hustle and bustle, it’s a chance stop and remember that it all started with a tiny baby in a manger. It’s so refreshing to take a moment, and allow the love, peace, and joy of Christmas to touch your heart.”

“Christmas is about family time, holidays, sunshine and best of all celebrating the birth of Jesus,” she says. “We’re looking forward to having the community join us!”

Everyone is welcome at the Christmas Experiences, held at the church’s North Shore and Mt Wellington campuses:

  • North Shore: 794 East Coast Road, Albany
  • Mt Wellington: 385 Mt Wellington Highway

Click here to watch our Community Impact Day Highlights.

For more information on other upcoming City Impact Church events go to www.cityimpactchurch.com or contact the office on (09) 477 0300.

 

 

With thanks to Māngere-Ōtāhuhu Local Board for funding 

 

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COMMUNITY IMPACT – SEPTEMBER

CITY IMPACT CHURCH HELPS THE COMMUNITY

Hundreds of people from City Impact Church turned out to help their community on Saturday. Volunteers from the church’s North Shore and Mt Wellington campuses visited a total of 47 homes to carry out cleaning, gardening and home maintenance for people in need of assistance.

One team of helpers visited the home of a single dad with four children who lost their mum six years ago. The family was burgled recently and in need of a helping hand. City Impact Church volunteers gave their home a spring-clean, tidied their garden and brought them some much needed groceries.

Another team helped out at the home of a woman whose daughter had been very ill. They cleared her yard and renovated her bathroom, taking out the broken shower and floor.

“I feel really blessed by all the volunteers who turned up to help,” she said. “This is a wonderful new beginning for my whole family.”

City Impact Church’s Community Impact manager Mary-Kath Laita says that many of the families and individuals are referred to her from other community and government organisations.

“They know of families needing help around their homes,” she says. “This Community Impact Day we put in 1888 man hours to get the jobs done,” she says.

“We’ve always had a catch phrase that we want to be large enough to make a difference and small enough to care,” says Senior Pastor Peter Mortlock. “For us, it’s all about showing God’s love to people in a practical way.”

City Impact Church is now preparing for their final Community Impact Day for the year where volunteers will deliver Christmas gift boxes to people in the community.

Click here to watch our Community Impact Day Highlights.

For more information on other upcoming City Impact Church events go to www.cityimpactchurch.com or contact the office on (09) 477 0300.

 

 

With thanks to Māngere-Ōtāhuhu Local Board for funding 

 

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