Living Waters UMC cancels church to put faith in action

Living Waters Church

While cancelling church on Sunday might seem like a radical move that is exactly what the leaders of Living Waters Church did on Sunday, March 21.

Spurred by a new, national community service campaign, Living Waters Church is participating in Faith in Action (FIA), a groundbreaking four-week campaign that invites Christians to mobilize and “Be the Church,” by practicing their faith in a way that uniquely serves their immediate community. Faith in Action is sponsored by three leading Christian organizations, World Vision, Outreach and Zondervan.

On March 21, 150 members of Living Waters Church participated in service projects like spring cleaning at the West Lampeter Park, visiting the elderly at Conestoga View, serving meals at Water Street Rescue Mission, Lydia Center, and Arch Street Center.

Members helped prepare athletic fields at Lampeter Strasburg School.  Emergency health kits were assembled for victims of natural disasters such as the earthquake in Haiti.

“Faith in Action is helping us transform our congregation into a church that is motivated to help our community and strive to grow in Jesus’ image,” said Pastor Jody Sambrick of Living Waters Church. “A church that puts its faith into action focuses not on itself, but living out Christ’s teaching and his divine example of compassion.”

Members prepared for this day of service for more than a month. The entire campaign included a month of daily devotions, 3 preparatory worship services, 4 weeks of small groups, that all culminated on March 21, when morning worship was cancelled.  It was replaced by a day of community service.  That evening, after all the work was done, the church gathered to celebrate and share their experiences.

Living Waters Church is a new United Methodist Church that was birthed in 2001 by a husband and wife team, Pastor Jody and Laura Sambrick and 15 adults.   Their vision is to help people connect with God who may not feel comfortable in a traditional church setting.  About 80% of their 300 active members did not attend church regularly before Living Waters Church.  The church has a “come as you are” atmosphere.  Dress is casual.  Messages are practical.  The music is upbeat and lead by a band.  Living Waters meets Sundays, 9 & 10:45 AM at the Lancaster Christian School, 651 Lampeter Rd., Lancaster.  Nursery and children’s program is available at both services.

For more information visit their website at www.LivingWatersUMC.comor call (717) 464-1062.

Read more about Living Water’s Faith in Action Day