When 10 people in matching blue T-shirts show up at a local shopping center, armed with brooms, towels and squeegees, and volunteer to wash windows and clean bathrooms, well, they’re bound to attract attention.
They’re part of the Kindness Team at the Vineyard Church of Richmond, Va. In addition to free cleaning at local businesses, they’ve also passed out donuts at Virginia Commonwealth University, brought watermelon, cantaloupe and cucumbers to homeless people on hot days, and stood outside a theater buying tickets for moviegoers.
The church spends $400 to $500 per month on the ministry, and in addition to the free services or goods, they also pass out cards that explain who they are and include a map to the church.
But the point of the Vineyard ministries, [pastor Ken] Peters says, isn’t so much “trying to attract new members to our church, but to break down some of the existing views of church that people have, that the church just wants something from you.”
(link via CT’s weblog)