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Beyond the Walls - April 5

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Beyond the Walls webMetro, get ready! We’re moving BEYOND THE WALLS!

The Personal Ministries Department would like to announce and introduce the first of many church-wide community service initiatives. If we are serious about the mission statement we recite each Sabbath, and if we truly seek to connect our community to Christ, then we must move BEYOND THE WALLS of our sanctuary and engage our neighbors first-hand.

On April 5, 2014 our church will have an opportunity to do just that! Rather than gathering inside the sanctuary to worship and fellowship amongst ourselves, we will mobilize our members to bring prayer, love and service to our neighbors! The Personal Ministries Outreach Team has organized a variety of community service opportunities for you to choose from. So Metro:  GET READY to move BEYOND THE WALLS!

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Will we have church on April 5?

There will be NO TRADITIONAL CHURCH PROGRAM held on this Sabbath. During the time of the 11am service, our members will be well on their way to various locations in the Hyattsville/DC area to serve.

Should I still come to church on this Sabbath?

Yes! We would like all members to meet at the church for a short devotional thought, prayer and instructions before we separate to the various projects. Please dress appropriately – you can leave your heels and ties at home!

What kind of service projects can we participate in?

Food Ministry


** Ronald McDonald House DC: preparing sack lunches for families of sick children


** Ronald McDonald House DC: preparing a hot meal for families of sick children


** Food & Friends: delivering hot meals to those with HIV/AIDS, cancer and other chronic illness


** Franklin Square Park: delivering sack lunches to homeless men/women in the park


** DC Homeless Shelter: serving a meal to residents of a homeless shelter


Ministering to the Sick


** Home visits: visiting sick & shut in members of Metropolitan SDA church in their homes


** Nursing home visits: visiting the residents of a nursing home


Random Acts of Kindness


** Kind deeds in the community: spreading love through various kind deeds such as bottled water distribution to metro riders, giving coins to people in laundry mats, giving balloons to kids at the shopping mall, etc.


Children's Ministry


** Children's Church: assisting with the program at Metro for our children, who will be creating and delivering greeting cards ("thinking of you", "get well soon", etc.) to residents of Chillum Oaks.


Prayer Ministry


** Jericho Walk: walking around the neighborhood in the vicinity of our church, praying for the needs of each individual and family


** Season of Prayer: a prayer meeting-type of service held in the sanctuary to cover the community and our church's work with prayer


Prison Ministry


** Hope House DC: interacting with children of incarcerated men/women


I’m interested in one or more of these service projects! How can I get involved?

There is an online sign-up sheet where you can pick a project to be apart of. Please note that you can only pick ONE! There will be many other opportunities throughout the year for you to try other projects. We will also have a sign-up station in the church foyer on March 22 & March 29 for you to sign-up in person. But don’t wait too late! Some projects have limited capacity.

How will I get to the location of my service project?

Most of these service projects will require transportation – so we recommend carpools. You will be contacted by a team lead for the project you signed up for and they will help coordinate carpools among the group.


Where do we go and what do we do after our service project is finished?

At the end of each service project all participants in that location (whether in the park, in a homeless shelter, or wherever your group is serving) will gather for a short worship segment. There will be songs, testimonies, bible reading, prayer, etc. At the conclusion of this time of worship, your group is free to go home and enjoy the rest of your Sabbath!

I have lots of questions! Whom should I contact?

Call or email Vonric ( This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ; 301-828-7741) or Latéy Bradford ( This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ; 937-554-9725)

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