Volunteers arrived at the Kingdom Life Centre in Park Ridge at 8:45 am, where they were organised into teams and sent out at 9am.
In under two hours, the teams completed 13 tasks which included:
Mowing and house cleaning for a single mum,
Gardening and weeding for a bed-ridden resident,
Cooking dozens of meals for families in need,
Cutting and sewing “Blankets of Love” for parents at the Logan Hospital,
Hedge trimming and mowing for a local grandmother,
Cleaning out a garden shed for a retiree,
Cleaning up a house and garage for an elderly couple.
An enthusiastic team including young families with toddlers also picked up rubbish and pinecones at Park Ridge State School.
The monthly event known as Community Service Sunday, has been operating since February 2021. It is organised by Park Ridge Connect – a community service of Park Ridge Baptist Church – and has become an outlet for volunteers and community groups to serve local residents.
Good News Company brought volunteers to join in the June event. Pastor Kieran Carlos said Community Service Sunday had been a highlight of the month for his church.
“Serving others isn’t only beneficial for those receiving, but for the volunteers who have put their hand up to help,” he said.
“We live in a world that is very centred around ‘helping yourself,’ so when there is an opportunity to help someone else, big or small, it is important to take it to remind ourselves we are called to love others.”
Christine Thomson, member of the management team at Kingdom Life Centre, said she loved helping and got joy out of doing things for people in the community.
“Sometimes people can’t believe that we would just come and do things for no reason at all, other than because we care,” she said.
Once the work is complete, volunteers and those who receive the acts of service return to the Kingdom Life Centre for morning tea together.
Park Ridge Connect director Paul Jackson said the volunteers were moved by the opportunity to meet and do something kind for people they didn’t know.
“When we come back together at 11am for morning tea, there’s a real buzz as volunteers and recipients connect in an atmosphere of gratitude,” he said.
Community Service Sunday volunteers meet on the first Sunday morning of every month at the Kingdom Life Centre.
Project ideas can be submitted any time at by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or texting “PROJECTS” to 0410 583 291.
You can register to help by selecting the type of project you’d like to help with here.