How did this event come about?
The Rochester Servant Event started when Sam Carlson (Guthrie) wondered what was to stop us from hosting a servant event here in Rochester. Through the spark of Godly passion we took steps to make this happen. Since then many people have stepped up to ask, “How can I help?”
What’s up with “Pay it Forward”?
Pay It Forward, some may remember, was a movie from 2000 in which a young boy started an idea to change the world. His idea was to pay good deeds forward. Instead of seeking to pay someone back for something good they have done for you he encouraged people to instead do a good deed for three others and encourage those three others to in turn pay the good forward to three more people.
As Christians we have been given the greatest love of all time. Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross and resurrection from the dead has paid for our sins and filled us with love. In no way can we earn this love or pay God back. So instead the Christian life is about paying it forward. Through our actions and words we are called to share this great love to others. The Rochester Servant Event seeks to do just that.
How can I help?
There are many ways to help. We need plenty of participants both youth and adults to accomplish the projects. There is need for help with meals and project prep. If you would like to help through a monetary donation that works as well. We above all else acknowledge the power of prayer. Please keep us in your prayers!
What is the cost?
We would like this to be available to as many people as possible. We are asking each participant to pay $25 if they register by the end of February and $35 if they register March through June.
While many will see this as quite inexpensive, these costs may be too much for others. Scholarships and reduced fees are available. Do not let the low cost fool you, this IS a HIGH QUALITY event.
Do I have to go the whole time?
We do require that if you sign up that you commit to the whole event. Treat this in-town event as you would if you were headed out of town on a mission trip. Ask for days off or talk to your boss and let them know what you are doing and if they would like to help!
Why do we have a dress code?
The dress code for the event is: Standard T-Shirt, Appropriate Shorts or pants, Closed toed shoes. We are not having a beauty contest nor is our main purpose to attract the opposite gender. We are here to serve and place our focus on caring for others. The dress code seeks to remove distractions and temptations and free each person to concentrate on the task at hand.
How are work teams formed?
Work team formation will be done through prayer while keeping in mind the talents and interests of the participant. We ask all participants to make the most of the work team to which they are assigned and see how God is using them to reach their team and how God is using the team to reach them!
What projects will we have?
Projects are coming in. Some of the projects we have lined up so far are painting, general maintenance and cleaning, Bible Camps, park clean up, landscaping. We work with many caring organizations in Rochester to help then and those they reach. We have built up some cool relationships over the years!
More are coming in and we are also open to having you suggest projects. If more projects come in than we have workers or time to complete we will have to put projects on the waiting list.
Will I get to do what I want?
We encourage you not to focus on doing what you want but doing what the Lord calls you to do. You will be amazed at the joy and excitement you can experience when you seek to do the best you can where God places you.
Why is there so much worship time?
Worship, is a key part of the mission. We seek to receive God’s blessing and strength through worship and at the same time it is so important we use that time to return thanks to Him and praise Him for the awesome works of His hand!
Will we be fed well?
Food will be hot, delicious and free! There will be more than enough for everyone!