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LC3 is how we do church here at Relevant. It's more than a mantra, it's a way of ministry. The foundation of everything we do is understanding that we should love Christ because He first loved us. We understand that He created us with specific talents and dreams and that we all fit into the culture and the church in our own unique way. From there, we know it is our privilege to find a role and serve in the church. But maybe the best news of all is that it doesn't stop there. We want to take what God has given us and give it back to our community in every way possible. That's why Loving Community is such an important piece of what we do at Relevant. We'd love to show you more about this way of doing ministry. Sign up for a Discover Relevant class - it meets the first Sunday of every month. Then, the next three Sundays we dive deeper in to what it means to love Christ, Church, and Community.
Love Christ is the first and most important part of LC3. When we understand who Jesus is, and how He loves us and created us to love Him, our purpose as Christ-followers begins to take shape. In this LC3 class you will learn more about what faith in Jesus means for your life, and how you can grow in your faith every day.
Jesus loves the local church, so we think we should too! Once you have taken the first steps on your journey with Christ, we want you to learn more about how you are wired and how you can use your talents to love the church. Relevant exists because of the efforts of tons of volunteers giving back to their church family. In this LC3 class you will learn more about how you fit into the local church, how Relevant exists as a diverse community, and how your personality and talents can make a difference in the lives of others.
Relevant Church loves its community. Because of that, we believe it is our privilege to reach out and serve wherever God opens doors. Jesus teaches us to not only care for those in our local community, but to love and serve people both nationally and globally. We believe God calls each of us to live life “on mission” and we offer many different opportunities for you to jump in and start making a difference. Check out a few of them below!
SECOND SATURDAY PROJECTS
Relevant serves its community - it’s part of our DNA. One of our favorite service opportunities happens on the second Saturday of every month. We creatively call it, “Second Saturday.” Two places we serve consistently each month is at Robles Park Village and a local Nursing Home. At Robes Park volunteers play games, share a Bible story, and provide lunch to kids in this community. At the same time, a separate group of volunteers visit local residents in the nursing home, many of whom rarely have any guests. In addition, throughout the year, other projects are offered and sometimes include light home repair, painting, maintenance, landscaping, and even building bunk beds for local children in need.
By having a regular, on-going service projects, we are able to mobilize volunteers throughout the year to meet needs in our community. Click here to sign up for our next project, or to receive more information.
Tutoring and Mentoring in Local Schools – Relevant partners with two local elementary schools, Booker T Washington and Broward. We have numerous opportunities to demonstrate God’s love to the community in a tangible way. Each Fall we ensure that the students get a great start by providing stuffed backpacks and uniform shirts to every single student. Each teacher is also given a care package, or as we like to call it, a survival kit. We also provide volunteer led tutoring and mentoring weekly to help the most at risk children. In addition, we serve as an extension of the PTA by providing resources and volunteers to support special events throughout the school year.
Our partnership with BT Washington and Broward extends beyond classroom helping with on-site cleanup assisting families with needs that arise throughout the year, and even delivering bunk beds for students without. In 2018, Relevant was able to provide a Christmas shopping spree for 40 families who may have not been able to afford otherwise. We even have the pleasure of hosting the BTW annual Christmas program at our facility. It is through these partnerships that God has allowed us to not only impact many students, but the larger community as well.
NATIONAL AND GLOBAL MISSIONS
Relevant extends it’s LC3 mission both nationally and internationally through our mission trips to Eutaw, Alabama, and the Dominican Republic. Building on the foundation set in 2015, Relevant continues to partner with SCORE, International sending teams to both locations.
In Alabama, each summer we serve in the Greene County Summer Festival. This week-long outreach program benefits the Eutaw community and provides great opportunities to share the hope we have in Jesus Christ. With sports camps, vocation clinics, and Vacation Bible School, the volunteers from Relevant partner with many others to make a difference in this underserved area of Alabama.
In the Dominican Republic, God allows us to leverage years of local home rehab experience to provide help in many ways. We have provided new mattresses and bedding at a local nursing home (La Esperenza) and spent time encouraging and praying with those many have forgotten. We have built 3 homes for local missionaries and over 200 bunk beds for the children at Emmanual House school. This unique school is one of the few in the country that provides educational resources for special needs children. Finally, God also provides us with opportunities to minister to those living in the sugar cane villages surrounding the city of Juan Dolio, sharing the hope of Christ and reminding them of God’s unconditional love.