Won’t You Be Our Neighbor? Ark and Dove’s Community Engagement Team
“Who is my neighbor?” Ark and Dove is involved in many great Mission opportunities in our broader community and around the world, but we know very little about our neighborhoods closest to the church. Seeing what good we can do to help our neighbors is the goal of our new Community Engagement team. We hope to focus on the neighborhoods within about ½ mile from our church, to get to know them, know their stories and grow partnerships. Many of us grew up with Mister Rogers asking us, “Won’t you be my neighbor?” That is the question the lawyer asked Jesus which precedes the parable of the Good Samaritan.
Let’s start by saying hello. Our first activity will be a door knocking event on Saturday, September 24th from 10AM to 12PM. We hope to knock on as many doors as possible and spend 5-10 minutes meeting people and asking a few questions about how we can work WITH our neighbors to make improvements in the community.
What’s Next? We will organize what we learn from the door knocking and then invite our neighbors back for more listening sessions where we will share the results, confirm what we heard are the most pressing concerns/ideas and then start planning actions to bring about change.