by Erin Odom
HUNTERSVILLE – When Jeff Watson moved to Huntersville in 2005, one of the first things he did was walk into town hall and ask how he could best serve his new community.
Along with his wife, Julie, and a few friends, Watson started collecting trash and ministering to residents of the Huntington Greens neighborhood.
And he’s been doing it ever since.
Saturday, May 14, marked the fifth year Watson has led local citizens in Community Serve Day. His initial team of volunteers turned into Ardent Faith Christian Fellowship, which he now pastors, three years ago. More than 80 volunteers from six other churches – Life Fellowship of Davidson, Lake Forest Church of Huntersville, Christ Community Church of Huntersville, Catawba Presbyterian Church of Huntersville and The Cove Church of Mooresville – joined Saturday’s efforts. Caterpillar Ministries, Angels and Sparrows Soup Kitchen, the Town of Huntersville and Mecklenburg County also donated supplies for the day.
Besides collecting more than 18 tons of trash, volunteers spent the day giving away clothes, distributing food and playing with neighborhood children. In addition to Huntington Greens, volunteers also worked on the east side of town at the Huntersville Farmer’s Market.
“This is a good opportunity to come out and share the love of Christ,” volunteer Michael Weber, of Cornelius, said.
Watson said his goal for the day was to “awaken our town to the love of Jesus.”
“When people ask why we are doing it, it’s because we have received the kindness of God and the goodness of God, and we want to pass those blessings on,” he said.
Watson also sees it as important to hold community serve days as a way to support Huntersville’s public servants – some of whom he still remembers meeting his first day in Huntersville.
“We can really accomplish quite a bit when the town and the faith community work together,” he said. “It’s an opportunity for churches to develop relationships with the community.”
Want to help?
Find more information about Community Serve Day and Ardent Faith Christian Fellowship at its website, www.ardentfaith.org.