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Student Ministries: High School Mission Weekend

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A couple weekends ago, a group of high schoolers from SGC traveled to northern Arizona to participate in the Joni & Friends Family Retreat, serving and loving on families affected by disabilities.

Our kids' service had a wonderful impact, as evidenced by the joy expressed on the faces and words of the people there: those with disabilities and their caretakers. It was humbling to see people in what seems like a nightmare situation joyfully praising God. It was crazy to hear their gratefulness to for our teens' minimal sacrifice when they sacrifice so much every second of every day as caretakers (some of whom were disabled themselves).

The people running the camp were also blown away at the sacrificial service of our kids. Girls were scrubbing the feet of moms who never have pedicures and they were doing it with a smile and engaging the women in conversation.

The boys volunteered to be moving paintball targets for the dads to have some fun.

Our youth were always looking for the next thing to help with, or with down time they legitimately wanted to engage with and love the people there at the camp.

And while our youth served their hearts out, they did not walk away unaffected. Not even 30min had passed from the time we left to head home that many of them were asking if we can go back next year.  One of our girls even says that she became a Christian that weekend!

It was an incredible weekend of sharing the love of Christ with those who are often marginalized, overlooked, judged and ignored in our culture and society. The families were loved and our youth were impacted as well.

If you would like more information about the disability ministry here at SGC, please contact the church office and we would love to tell you more!

 

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Community Involvement - Supporting Those With Mental Health & Substance Abuse Struggles

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On Saturday, February 27th, our church had the privilege of using our building to host a community event for the town of Gilbert on the topic of Behavioral Health and Substance Abuse with many important community leaders participating.

Deborah Geesling and Liz Beck, members of our church, were closely involved in the putting on of this event and sent us the following info/recap:

The Behavioral Health Substance Use topic was identified in a 2015 Gilbert Community Needs Assessment as a top priority for faith group, education, government and community leaders to discuss and try and make improvements. Last November, a Gilbert BHSU Task Force was organized. Based on their efforts of the last few months, the Task Force shared findings and recommendations with our community.

This educational clinic sought to help these Resources better assist those with mental health and substance use challenges. Participants heard from trained professionals from the Gilbert Police Department, Gilbert Fire Department, Gilbert Public Schools, and various professionals from the public and private sector to help them know how better to respond to acute needs and also how to connect families with a broad array of community organizations and resources that can provide long-term support.


Deborah Geesling says, "It was an honor to host this event and we are grateful for Mayor John Lewis's leadership in reaching out to Faith leaders since they are often the first contact when families are in crisis.  Liz Beck and myself were able to share in the workshop breakout sessions how we walked through our personal struggles with our church related to these topics. Through each of our trials, God has birthed two exciting new Organizations:  Redeemed 2 Repeat, that seeks to walk alongside, equip and care for those who struggle with addiction.  Also, the newly formed P82 Project Restoration, Inc. with the intent of opening a home for men with severe & persistent mental illness.  Our goal in this forum was to inspire hope and confidence for our community in reaching out to our neighbors who also struggle with these issues."

The event closed with Jon McHatton, from Congressman Matt Salmon's office, asking for a commitment from Faith leaders to continue working together and to develop Crisis Care Teams in our local churches.  At least ten different Faith group leaders agreed to participate.  As the Mayor says, 'It was a great day in Gilbert.'"

Sovereign Grace Church was honored to play a small role in this event and to continue to support Deborah and Liz in there efforts to reach people in our community with these specific struggles and challenges.

If you would like more information on how YOU can get involved with either of these organizations, you are welcome to contact Liz or Deborah directly!

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