What is GSR?
Give|Serve|Restore is an annual project that gathers churches of Southern Chester County to collaborate for the common good of the community during the season of Lent.
Why Do Give|Serve|Restore?
We believe that God has a plan for restoration in our world and that we can take part in the restoration process in our neighborhoods and communities by "showing up" through tangible acts of love and service. And we believe that can we go further together than alone. GSR is a platform for creating new connections - among churches as well as between church members and the needs in their communities. It is also an opportunity to have a large impact on local needs through the united efforts of many.
Check out the video below to learn more:
Who is involved?
In 2018 we had 25 churches participate across Southern Chester County! We're so excited to see the network of churches continue to grow - the more churches that unite for GSR, the bigger the impact we’re able to have!
The GSR 1-2-3 Challenge
#1 - SERVICE PROJECT
In 2018, churches served together in 9 coordinated service projects at local schools and educational programs across Southern Chester County. Church members coordinated dozens more projects of their own initiative, including:
- Diaper drive for Young Moms
- "Easter caroling" for homebound church members
- Serving the sick, elderly, and socially isolated through yard work, snow removal, and meal prep
- Taking cookies and homemade thank-you cards to the local police
#2 - NOTE OF ENCOURAGEMENT
This season, we were excited to introduce a new element to the GSR project! The mission of this element was to bless those who serve the children of our community in local schools. We collected the names of faculty and staff from area school districts and distributed a portion of them to each congregation along with envelopes and note cards. We were then able to gift each of the men and women on that list with a personal note of gratitude and encouragement.
#3 - financial donation
In 2018, our financial collection went to a program called Getting Ahead, a 16-week workshop empowering those in poverty to build resources for themselves and their communities.
Getting Ahead is part of a local effort called the Southern Chester County Opportunity Network a community-wide approach to alleviating poverty that focuses on collaboration and long-term change on a personal and community level. To find out more, watch our video on Getting Ahead and how it fits into the mission of GSR!