On June 22, 2013, as part of City Life Centre's mission to "bring life to the city of Chilliwack through love, kindness, service, self-sacrifice and compassion," we completed PROJECT CONNECT BLITZ, a one day event where we served the city of Chilliwack through several simultaneous projects both on and off our campus:
- We gave over 30 free oil changes, washed countless vehicles and served a hot dog lunch at our church location
- Various teams transformed people's home inside and out with cleaning and landscaping - washing walls, window cleaning, shampooing carpets, weeding, hedge trimming, pruning, etc
- Several teams revamped a couple of downtown office locations with weeding, pruning, power washing, windows, carpet cleaning, painting and shelf building
- Our kitchen team made freezer meals for Connect parenting group in the fall
PROJECT CONNECT BLITZ was an amazing opportunity for people from our church show up to roll up their sleeves, work hard, have fun and connect with people. We're excited to continue to look for ways to be involved in our community and demonstrate our love for the people of Chilliwack. Watch the video below for highlights from PROJECT CONNECT BLITZ:
In 2012, City Life Church and City Life Centre launched Project Connect with an objective to complete 50 unique acts of service that met a practical need for a person, family or group who were in our city but not connected to our church. Our larger goal was to teach ourselves to see and respond to the needs that were presented to us daily through our friends, family members, neighbours and co-workers. Through kindness, compassion and generosity, we would show the love of Jesus to others in our world in a simple and practical way.
Project Connect sparked a kindness revolution in our church family. People began to see, respond and create amazing opportunities to serve others in moments of their need. Some led to tearful conversations, prayerful moments and new friendships. Others were done quietly and anonymously. All were done to show the extravagant love of Jesus to those who do not know or serve Him. Although we did not meet our stated goal of 50 individual acts, the greater purpose of this unique endeavour was achieved. It changed us. It helped us see our world differently. It made us see that showing the love of Jesus to others isn't as difficult as we once thought. It inspired us to allow selfless service to be the bridge over which the message of the gospel crossed into peoples' lives and realities.
Project Connect is now officially completed, but the spirit and vision it birthed remains alive and growing in our hearts. Below are the documented accounts of our stories. We hope they inspire you to create some of your own.