God has a mission on the First Coast! It is a privilege to be invited into that. One of the cool things about LoveFirst Coast: we help one another see what God is doing so we can join in AND we are about making sure everyone is equipped and prepared to do so. We believe that’s what Jesus did with his disciples so we do the same. As a result, many of us can tell you about the ways we’ve been able to bless and serve friends and neighbors. We call this “organic mission”, or missional living.
And we encourage one another to organize and engage in mission in the places we spend much of our time. Some of these can be shared. For example, the Tabers work through their business, Top Down Shaved Ice, in order to build and sustain relationships in their part of the city. Heather is being a “non-anxious, prayerful presence in her school,” Several of us hand out devotionals and/or lead bible studies in our work places. Sara holds Bible studies with kids on-line. I have a mission of “shining light in Facebook” through live video posts. Our approach is to engage in mission prayerfully, and to encourage one another.
We don’t try to reinvent things that are already going. Many of us serve in missions that are already established and in need of support. We serve anyway we are needed. We encourage serving steadily, building relationships, and staying engaged over searsons. As a result of that focused approach, it seems that God works in us more deeply. Click on any of the links below to learn more about some of the groups we love and serve. (Not all have websites.)
- Young Lives (Jacksonville and St. Augustine)
- North St. Johns County Young Life
- North East Florida Great Banquet
- Buddy Break at Mandarin Presbyterian Church
- Jacksonville Ladies
- Outreach and Unity Events, mainly organized by friends
Additionally, one of our values is to serve and bless other area churches. (This is partly because we’ve experienced pain in churches. Serving with love in similar places keeps us from growing bitter about God’s work in local churches.) Some of us regularly take part in the ministries of