Every Sunday evening, local churches support the mission work known as Cathedral in the Night in Northampton, Mass. This mission program provides a church service, a hot meal, care packages, clothing, and blankets for the needy residents of Northampton.
On a recent October Sunday, a group of 17 adult and youth volunteers from Suffield’s First Church of Christ, Congregational traveled to Northampton to participate in the mission work.
They served a meal of hot dishes, sandwiches and desserts, which had been prepared by many members of the congregation back in Suffield. In addition, they distributed dozens of fleece blankets which had been prepared by the children of First Church as a part of their Hands-On-Faith Christian education program.
Among the many local outreach activities at First Church, volunteers go to Cathedral in the Night two or three weeks per year.
Volunteers often comment about their personal growth from participation in this mission program; being able to reach out and directly impact a nearby community of need can be a life-changing experience.
This is a wonderful endeavor by members of the First Church of Christ.