What will we be doing?
For the construction teams, we may be doing anything from foundations to roofing to flooring and finish carpentry. Requests for help are always coming in, so we remain flexible in assigning tasks and rearranging priorities.
Can non-Presbyterian Churches come?
YES! The majority of teams have come from Presbyterian churches, but welcome everyone in Christ’s body to put feet on the Gospel. This is a project where we can celebrate the unity of the Church.
Do we need to bring tools?
We have a tool truck and a good supply of tools for one job site. For larger teams that will be working several sights, you should plan on bringing tools. Each person should bring a tool belt with hammer, pencil, tape measure, utility knife, etc.
Do we need insurance?
Yes, everyone needs to have their own health insurance and you will need to have proof.
You should appoint a person or persons to lead in short devotions each morning before you leave for work. Some groups have had amazing experiences of sharing and/or prayer with the homeowners. Remember—by serving others, you are being Christ’s body. This is no small responsibility. We often have a “prayer chair” at each job site where each person will take a 10-15 minute shift praying for the homeowners, the team, and the work.
How do you select which homes to repair?
Many of those we help are referred to us by social workers, personal contacts and other ministries. City and county officials also point us to needs in the community.
Where are these homes?
Most of the homes we work on are in Dalton and the surrounding area.
Can we do things besides construction?
Construction is only on part of our ministry. Many teams will work half-days and host a VBS program at local parks in the afternoons. We also have a medical ministry that performs house calls and is open to medical professionals. We have also helped other ministries in town such as food banks, clothing stores, crisis pregnancy centers, and the prison ministry.
Are seniors welcomed?
Some of the most skilled and energetic workers we’ve seen are seniors. But some older folks who may not be able to endure the heavy labor come and work in the kitchen, or help clean the team’s housing site during the day while they are working.
How do we set the date?
Grace Presbyterian maintains the calendar. We have limitations on space, and need at least a month’s notice, so please contact us as soon as possible. It is important also for us to plan the work and have the appropriate supplies available and ready.
Do the homeowners help?
Most of the homeowners are elderly and/or disabled and cannot help. Many times their families are there and willing to help and just need encouragement and guidance.
What good is building homes if no one comes to Christ?
The Church is Christ’s body, and we have a mandate to offer compassion and healing to our neighbors. We are called to serve and leave the results to our sovereign God. Since the church is a permanent establishment in the community, your week of service is just the beginning of a relationship with these families. We will continue to follow up and minister to these people.