Loganville church gives back with volunteer day

LOGANVILLE -- On Sunday, Graystone Church of Loganville is making history in the community. The entire congregation is skipping church to volunteer their hours to those who need a helping hand.

"We're trying to create a sense of serving at church," Stewardship Pastor Elliott Rogers said. "We want to get our people in the community. We don't want to be in the church, we want to be the church by serving others."

In total, the group of approximately 300 people has signed up from a list of 20 jobs, which included opportunities for families with children. Parents with kids who are 5 years old and up have the option to help clean Tribble Mill Park so the families can work as a team.

Other jobs include creating care packages for local police and fire stations, conducting a home makeover for residents in a mobile home and yard clean ups for widows, single moms and the elderly. Some volunteers are traveling to the Southeast Gwinnett Cooperative Ministry to work on landscaping outside while others sort cans inside, including food donated from the church.

"I love serving others, so I love this project," Rogers said. "It's going to be worth it when it comes together because it will create a positive attitude of serving."

Graystone Church won't organize large community service projects like this often because it is difficult to get everything planned. They would like to arrange more volunteer activities on a smaller scale in the future.

"We'd like to get people to do it on their own," Rogers said. "Some people don't even know there is a need (for help) until they have been nudged in the right direction."