Washington Heights Inner-City Church PlantWashington Heights is one of the many multi-family complexes in Jacksonville. It had been tagged one of the more dangerous complex, with over 1,400 police call a month. But since we started ministering there, those calls have been cut in half, a number still too high but trending in the right direction. God is on the move!!!
Every Saturday Pastor Pat is there, ministering to the children. He plays with them, he listens to them, he tells them about Jesus. His desire is that others come alongside him, giving their time, their love to these children but too often he is there alone.
On Sundays Pastor Pat brings a van-load of children to attend services at North Main Street Baptist Church. He can't bring all that want to come because he doesn't have room, nor does he have enough Sunday School teachers to lead them.
On Thursday evenings Pastor Pat holds an adult Bible study at the Community Center in Washington Heights. He knocks on doors inviting people to come. Sadly, while doing so he often meets people who need immediate ministry but he is alone and must get to the Bible study where others are waiting.
Pastor Pat sure could use some help! He invites you to join him on Saturday afternoon with the children, to lead crafts, to play games, to share the love of Christ. He invites you to come to teach a class at North Main Street Baptist Church, to fill these children with the Word of God. Membership is not required, just a passion for the Lord. He invites you to join the Bible study as a mature Christian who can help disciple new Christians, the parents and children who long to know more.
Whether you are a group or an individual, as long as you have a heart for the lost, you will find a place in this special focused outreach. Won't you prayerfully consider serving in this ministry? Whether weekly or quarterly, your labor is needed in the field! You will find this ministry impacts you in a mighty way. The following e-mails were sent by people following an afternoon at Washington Heights:
"My daughters and I participated in Saturday's outreach. Let me just say... What a blessing! We were so impressed with Pastor Patrick and his ministry to those precious kids. Thank you for letting us be a part of such a special outreach. My husband had to volunteer at another event earlier in the day because of his work schedule, so he didn't get to come with us. But we talked his ear off non-stop. We couldn't stop smiling. My girls were so touched. They made lots of new friends that day and gave & received lots of hugs. What a blessing you are! Keep working for Christ. Thank you again.
"We did enjoy our experience very much and was so overjoyed to see your Youth Minister truly serving our Lord and Master, Jesus Christ, with such enthusiasm, love and joy. Not to mention the commitment he has taken on. It has lead my daughters and myself to seek before the Lord if this is a journey He would like for us to pursue in our community of Fernandina Beach. Please be in prayer for us as we wait on the Lord for his answer.
We invite you to join us at Washington Heights every Saturday. You can call or email our staff at any time to get more information.