Our youth group served burritos after Sunday service a few weeks ago to raise money to attend Soul Fest, a Christian music festival in NH. Thanks to the youth for making food for the church, and thanks to the church for supporting these young people!
Starting June 17th we're moving into a season of deeper prayer. The church will be opened 7 days a week for prayer at all different times to accommodate the variety of schedules people have.
Monday 7-8 am
Tuesday 7-8 pm (teaching at 6:30 pm)
Thursday 6-7 pm
Saturday 8-9 am
Sunday 9:30-10:30 am
These hour blocks of prayer will include a variety of options for drawing close to God. We will provide some worship music to set an atmosphere and you can pray at the cross, cry for the city looking out the window, write prayers in the prayer room, pray the Word at the counter, sit quietly in a seat and converse in your heart, and so on. We want to simply open the space for you to come in and connect with God. At the end of each gathering we will circle together to pray in agreement. The beautiful thing about this multifaceted format is that everyone can feel at home no matter what their preferred style is or what level they are at.
Thanks to everyone who came out to the Core gathering a couple weeks ago. It was a great time to be together and get excited about the places God is bringing us into.
A team of volunteers from Ren helped at PVD Fest this weekend. Providence’s world-renowned art, culture and culinary community join forces with artists from across the country and globe to deliver a fantastic experience. Live music, dance, food, and visual art installations transform the city in a four-day, multi-arts take-over of public spaces, parks, and outdoor stages in the heart of Providence, Rhode Island. Ren volunteers met on Saturday morning at 9am for prayer, coffee, and Knead donuts, and then walked downtown together. We spent the day serving by helping with setup, talking with festival attendees, and sorting waste. We loved having the opportunity to serve and celebrate the city in this way!
On Sunday afternoon we had an awesome time playing kickball with some of the families from Ren! After the church service we went over to a nearby field at Community Prep School and the parents and kids got to play together – all ages and skill levels. There were lots of healthy snacks carefully prepared by Ashley, and everyone enjoyed spending time together. Our next Family event is a picnic on June 24, keep an eye out for more details!
We love partnering with local organizations that are doing great work in our city. One of those is the Southside Community Land Trust, which is right down the street from us. Every year they hold a plant sale and offer thousands of plants to help our entire city eat better. A group of about 40 volunteers from Ren lent some helping hands by shoveling compost, moving plants, assisting customers, etc. The Ren volunteers worked for a few hours and then headed back to the church building to enjoy a delicious meal together. Thanks to everyone who helped, and stay tuned for more opportunities to serve our city!
Spark, our youth group for 6th to 9th grade, meets every Sunday during the first service for Bible study, prayer, and discussion. They have also been going on monthly outings to have fun and connect with each other. This month they attended a PawSox game, and last month they had a fun time bowling together. If you're interested in getting more info about Spark or Ignite (our high school and young college ministry) get in touch with Chris: email@example.com
One of our Easter City Love initiatives was to work with the homeless community. We have two women’s bible study groups that meet weekly at Ren. We spend a lot of time listening to each other and reflecting on life. After each bible study we leave feeling refreshed. We wanted to do something like that for the homeless women at Crossroads.
Sue Johnson and Lora Wills led a team that came up with a Citylove Women's day of pampering. The homeless ladies could come to the church and have a meal, and get haircuts, nails painted, facials, and massages. We had lots of volunteers from hair dressers to moms doing nails and facials, to a masseuse. The food was delicious and was prepared by Ty Paup. In addition to feeding everyone who attended, we were able to make to go boxes of food and hand them out around lunch time to people walking by.
It was slow at first and there was fear that not many would come. But during that slow period we talked and visited with the ladies. We shared a meal with them and we listened. We heard stories of pain, heartbreak and the beauty that came from those difficult times. Seeing these ladies excited about their nails and looking in the mirror at their fresh hair cut was special. Seeing their smiles and the smiles of all the volunteers laughing and spending time together was something we will never forget.
Easter Citylove is a 1 week initiative of showing kindness to Providence that is paving the way for Citylove, a group of urban missionaries who are spending their next year serving Providence. Learn more at CitylovePVD.org