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COMMUNITY IMPACT – JUNE

CITY IMPACT CHURCH WARMS UP AUCKLAND

Seven hundred people are sleeping warmer this month thanks to City Impact Church. Volunteers from the church donated seven hundred blankets and five 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,” they said.

As well as delivering the blankets, church members visited 57 homes to carry out cleaning, maintenance and gardening for people in the community.

A team of fifteen volunteers visited Birkdale Court Council Flats to clean windows and ovens, and tidy up gardens.

“We really appreciate what City Impact Church has done for us today,” said one resident. “This is like receiving an early Christmas present!”

Another team went to the home of a mother of seven whose youngest child was diagnosed with cancer last year. While the boy is now cancer free, the woman lost her own mother to cancer over the same period.

“There’s been a lot going on in my life,” she said. “I’m so grateful to the City Impact Church volunteers who came and rescued me and showed me that God is there for me and my family.”

Community Impact Days regularly see a turnout of over 500 volunteers from the church’s North Shore and Mt Wellington campuses.

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 – MARCH

 

Church Marks Decade of Community Impact

City Impact Church is celebrating ten years of service to the community this month. In March 2008, church members gathered for their first Community Impact Day, where volunteers carry out home and garden maintenance for people in the community. Starting with a total of 59 homes visited in 2008, the event has grown year on year, with 2016 seeing volunteers go to nearly 300 homes.

Community Impact Days now mobilise over 500 volunteers, four times a year, to help families, widows, the disabled, and the elderly, as well as North Shore and Waitakere Hospitals. That’s a total of 68,900 man-hours and 1700 home visited, not to mention 6495 Christmas gift boxes delivered at Christmas time.

“One of the great things about getting to our tenth year, is that we get to see people who’ve been helping at Community Impact Days since they were kids, now volunteering their time as young adults,” says City Impact Church Community Impact Manager Mary-Kath Laita.

Tyson Wijohn and Jordan Parratt have been at Community Impact Days since day one.

“Even as an eight-year-old kid, I remember thinking how amazing it was that we could make such a huge difference in someone’s life just by doing mundane tasks,” says Tyson.

“I remember helping my parents on Community Impact Days,” says Jordan. “It has always been fun to be a part of it.”

The vision for Community Impact Days came after church volunteers helped to build City Impact Church’s huge facility on their North Shore campus over a two-year period.

“With the Sanctuary completed, we realized we could continue volunteering our time to help our community,” says Mary-Kath. “I started attending some council network meetings, listening to the needs, and building relationships. When we set a date for the first Community Impact Day, I had no idea what I was doing. I didn’t sleep for a week leading up to it!”

City Impact Church has continued to work closely with government and community organisations, who refer people to the church when they see a need.

“We love helping people,” says Senior Pastor Peter Mortlock. “For us, it’s all about getting out there and sharing God’s love in a practical way.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tyson Wijohn and Jordan Parratt

   

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.

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COMMUNITY IMPACT – NOVEMBER

 

Church Spreads Christmas Joy

City Impact Church gave away over 1200 Christmas gift boxes on Saturday to people in the community. Over 500 church volunteers turned out to bring Christmas to people in need of some help to make the season bright.

Each year, church members choose tags from a Christmas tree, representing people referred to City Impact by community organisations. They take away a box to fill up with gifts for that person.

“We love having the chance to show God’s love to people in a practical way,” says the church’s Senior Pastor Peter Mortlock.

Senior Pastor Bev Mortlock agrees.

“Christmas can be a tough time for many families and we want to let them know that we care,” she says.

Recipients ranged from elderly community members, to those with disabilities, to single parents, to children and infants. The gifts were individually wrapped, placed in the gift boxes and tied with ribbon.

While many helped deliver the boxes last Saturday, others put up Christmas decorations at North Shore and Waitakere Hospitals.

“We have been decorating these hospitals at Christmas for nine years now,” says City Impact Church Community Impact Manager Mary-Kath Laita. “No-one likes having loved ones in hospital, especially at Christmas time. We want to do what we can to bring some peace and joy to people’s lives at this time of year.”

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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.

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COMMUNITY IMPACT – SEPTEMBER

 

CHURCH HELPS GET HOUSE MOULD-FREE

Gina has been suffering from bronchitis for months because of the damp, mouldy house that she shares with her autistic, 10-year-old son. The Glenfield resident’s situation didn’t look set to change until an agency contacted City Impact Church to see if they could help.

On Saturday, a team of fifteen City Impact Church volunteers stripped Gina’s wallpaper so that the walls could be treated for mould.

“I’m so grateful to City Impact Church for helping me remove the mould from my house so we won’t get sick anymore,” says Gina.

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CHURCH GIVES FAMILY FRESH START

City Impact Church volunteers visited the home of a single mum of five to deliver furniture and paint her lounge. The Mt Wellington family received a lounge suite and beds, as well as blankets, pots, pans and other kitchen utensils, all donated by church members. The volunteers also cleared their yard and cut the grass.

“We heard that Missy and her family were going through a tough time,” says City Impact Church’s Community Impact Manager, Mary-Kath Laita. “We just wanted to give them a fresh start.”

“I had come to a point in my life where everything was going downhill for me,” says Missy. “I had no hope. Then I met Mary-Kath. She gave me strength to move forward. I’m so grateful to City Impact for opening their hearts to help me and my family.”

The volunteers were just some of hundreds of City Impact Church members who gave up their Saturday to carry out cleaning, gardening and home maintenance for people in the community.

“We want to be a church that gets into the community to provide real, practical support to families,” says Senior Pastor Peter Mortlock.

Senior Pastor Bev Mortlock agrees. “It’s a blessing to be able to make a difference in people’s world. At the end of the day, we want people to know how much God loves and values them.”

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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.

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