To Covington with Love is the local missions strategy of FBC Covington. It is a multi-faceted approach to reach outside the walls of the church and share the love of Jesus! The initiative is growing day-by-day as new needs are made known - this effort is quickly becoming the outreach arm of our church!
Current opportunities include:
The goal: To create a ministry base to love, encourage and support the Administration, Staff, and Faculty, while praying for the children and families that attend this school.
Stocking the school’s supply closet. Volunteers will take inventory weekly, and update the congregation as to current needs.
Packing bags of food to send home with students on Fridays, providing food for them over the weekend. Volunteers meet in the Fellowship Hall each Thursday at noon to pack 300 bags in less than 1 hour. You are welcome to come early for a time of prayer and fellowship.
Supporting special events at the school. So far, this has included teacher appreciation as well as a literacy night event.
- Volunteering during school hours to relieve teachers during things like planning hour or lunch duty, for example.
- Collecting items for Covington Elementary School based upon a list of needed items that they provided to us.
The current high priority needs include:
- Packs of underwear & T-shirts (sizes 2T- Adult Small)
- School Uniforms
- Sanitary napkins
- Walmart Giftcards
Items can be dropped off in the collection bins near church entrances. You may also like to bless the teachers and administrators gift cards to local restaurants and coffee shops. We hope to expand to other schools as God opens the doors, and encourage other churches to reach a school near them.
Neighborhood Food Outreach
The goal: To supplement the work of the New Orleans Mission Food Pantry in local neighborhoods & share the gospel.
The task: Monthly food box distribution & outreach in the communities where Covington Elementary students live.
Community Neighbors with Needs
The goal: To provide for our neighbors in times of distress as a reflection of God’s heart for the lost.
The task: Receiving calls for support from members of the community, and organizing a team to take care of them. So far this has included things like power washing, donating furniture, and coordinating professional services (plumber, handymen, etc).
The goal: Openly demonstrating the love of Christ to hospital staff and hurting families.
The task: Filling baskets with treats in the various waiting rooms at St. Tammany Parish Hospital.
The goal: Showing the love of Christ & providing resources to those visiting incarcerated friends or family members.
The task: Filling a basket with treats and informational help in the waiting area of the jail.
Police and Fire Stations
The goal: Demonstrating the love of Christ through making members of the law enforcement and first responder community feel seen and valued.
The task: Sending prayer cards and dropping off goodies to various police, fire, and emergency medical stations.
The goal: To share the hope of the gospel and build relationships with local business owners.
The task: Sending teams to pray for the business owners and employees.
New Orleans Mission Discipleship Centers
The goal: To encourage the work of the ministry at the New Orleans Mission’s Discipleship Centers.
The task: Coming alongside Giving Hope Retreat & Lyn Haven to love and encourage participants toward becoming healthy and productive citizens of the Kingdom of God.
The goal: Demonstrating the servant-nature of Jesus.
The task: Helping to refurbish Hubie Gallagher Park in coordination with Mayor Mike Cooper & the City Council.
Jesus's model of evangelism combines compassionate servanthood with a strong verbal witness. This is why Jesus is most commonly recorded in the Gospels proclaiming the good news of salvation and forgiveness, and then moving into the crowds to touch and to heal (see Matt. 4:23-25).
Here are some truths from God’s Holy Word that encourage us to do this ministry:
- God’s love is steadfast and unchanging
- God’s love comforts us
- God’s love is revealed to us through Jesus Christ
- God’s love is poured into us through the Holy Spirit
- God’s love compels us to love one another
“Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God, and whoever loves has been born of God and knows God. Anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is love.” 1 John 4:7-8
YOUR gifts, talents, and passions are needed as we seek to reach more people through To Covington With Love!