Acting on the Gospels to help those in need
For the past seven years, members of Body of Christ Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) have helped their neighbors through inspiration from a passage in the Bible and the example of Jesus.
The church’s annual free clothes giveaway and health screening, which takes place Sept. 14, reflects verses from Matthew 25: “For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.”
Pastor Michael Cotton said the church seeks to fulfill the spiritual needs of people in the community. But the clothes giveaway and health screening meet the practical needs of people as well. The event takes place from 10 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Sept. 14 at the church at 425 Nathan Hunt Drive in High Point.
“Everyone has clothes to give away or pass down,” Cotton told The High Point Enterprise. “When we had the first call for it years ago, we had a tremendous turnout in terms of the amount of clothes we were able to get from members. It just kept going and going.”
The giveaway will include shoes, pants, shirts, dresses, suits and children’s clothing. The health screening will include testing for diabetes and cholesterol and readings for blood pressure, as well as information about signing up for insurance through the Affordable Care Act. The signup period for the act, known commonly as Obamacare, begins Oct. 1.
The 50-55 members of Body of Christ Christian Church volunteer in different ways to allow the congregation to stage the annual event, which is one the church’s largest outreach efforts, Cotton said.
“We’re not only supposed to meet the spiritual needs of people, but also the practical needs,” he said.
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Body of Christ Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) will hold a clothes giveaway and health screening from 10 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Sept. 14 at the church at 425 Nathan Hunt Drive in High Point. For more information or to contribute, call the church at 885-3782.