Mega-Church Cancels Services to Serve Community

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Jill Heflin and her crew were at Wheatley Elementary Saturday afternoon stocking the classrooms with school supplies.


It's just one of over 50 projects slated for this weekend.


"We are taking part in a weekend project called 'Servolution'" Heflin said. "Where our entire church is just going out all over the city and just blessing different organizations and just serving our city in different ways."


They won't be taking a break for a sermon in the morning.


"We believe that's why the church exists," Heflin said. "It's to be here for our communities so I think the church is best expressed when we go outside the walls of our church and get in to our community and be who we're supposed to be as Christians."


As one of the fastest growing churches in America and Lubbock, Heflin's assistant Mary Grace Seagraves said they've welcomed a significant following.  


 "We have a congregation of about 3,000 so we wanted to make sure we had projects for every single person," Seagraves said.


Experience Life members are making care packages and building pergolas for the Rape Crisis Center, doing construction at the Children's home, and hosting a luncheon for foster graduates and then taking them on a shopping spree.


Just to name a few things.


They said it's all made possible by a generous congregation.


"We're very passionate about what we take we give away so that's where a lot of the money comes from," Seagraves said. "It's just through our congregation giving tithes and offering."


"It's what we're called to do as Christians," Seagraves said. "To be the church in our city and serve and give everything that we have just as Jesus laid down his life for us, we meant to lay down our lives for others."


Project leaders said they hope to inspire others.


"Serving your community is not just a one time event," Heflin said. "It's not just a 'Servolution' and it's not just for churches. It's for every person living in this community. So I would just encourage every person living here, find somebody to serve. Find a way to bless another one and just see what happens in this city."







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