The first time I went to Sunrise Senior Living to sing Christmas Carols with the residents, I was a volunteer working with APEX Youth Ministry and had no idea what to expect. By the time it was over, I was convinced that we needed to do this every year and now that I am the Director of Youth Ministry, we do.
When we think of Restoration’s mission to connect people to God, others and the needs of the world, it is easy to default to the work we do overseas or with our local partnerships with AFAC, Casa Chirilagua and Restoration Immigration Legal Aid (R.I.L.A). It’s easy to get lost in the idea that big acts of service are the ones that are the most impactful. This yearly trip to Sunrise showed me, first hand, that small acts of service can carry just as much of an effect.
As the mantra of our Kids’ ministry exclaims, everyone wants to know that they are loved, known and seen by God. It doesn’t take much to remind them of that. Sometimes it’s a wink, a hand on the shoulder in solidarity, or an entire congregation of your neighboring church coming over and singing exuberantly at the top of their lungs with Santa and elf hats galore.
We invite you to join us again this year after the 5pm service, to take 30 minutes to spread some Christmas cheer to residents who can be easily forgotten. Help us to remind them again this season that they are not.
Where: Sunrise Senior Living
2000 N Glebe Rd, Arlington, VA 22207
When: This Sunday, December 17th (6:30pm – 7:15pm) –
Immediately following the 5pm service.
Hope to see you there,
Director of Youth Ministry