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Volunteers are encouraged to park at one of the following three locations. You can walk from your cars or be shuttled over to the school. The parking lot at the school will be reserved for Bless Fest recipients who drive.
There will be shuttles and vans picking up from these locations beginning at 7:50am. The vans will have Volunteer Parking Passes for you to put on your dashboard, along with Volunteer Info Cards for you to fill out on your short ride to the school.
The Southside Bless Fest is almost upon us! Saturday, June 23, 2018 is going to be a special day as we show the residents of South Nashville the love of Jesus! The Bless Fest will take place from 10am to 1pm, rain or shine.
I am asking God to provide 100 or more volunteers from STBC to join the other area volunteers from the participating churches, ministries, and agencies. Upwards of 700 to 1,000 families will be blessed that day with food to eat there, food to take home, clothing, haircuts, manicures, a mobile dental clinic, music, bouncy houses, and games! The largest wave of volunteers will need to show up at 8am. More than likely, dozens of people from the community will already be lined up before the trucks even arrive!
Once the Bless Fest begins at 10am, some of you will be asked to help the recipients “shop” for their food items in the grocery carts. You will simply ask them, “How many people are in your family?” This information will allow them to load food into their carts in proportion to their need. You will then assist them in taking the food back to one of the shuttles, their cars, or to the doorstep of where they live (Do not go inside of people’s homes!). Before leaving them, your final question will be, “How can I pray for you?” You will then pray for them right there.
The second wave of volunteers can show up at 11am and stay through 2pm for clean-up.
Here is the basic schedule for the day:
7:30 am – Trucks arrive at Carter Lawrence Magnet School carrying food and supplies.
8:00 am – Volunteers arrive
10am – The Southside Bless Fest officially begins!
11am – Second wave of volunteers arrive
1pm – Bless Fest ends; clean up begins
It’s been said that the greatest ability is availability. Let me add to this equation — “flexibility.” If you can be available and flexible, great things are going to happen! Also, if you are enrolled in ATI (Apollos Training Institute), the Bless Fest can serve as a credit for your outreach practicum requirements!
Finally, bring your children to serve with you!
Blessed to be a Blessing,