A Neighborhood Center. It’s just a concept really.
It’s the concept of people loving people in the midst of life. It’s the concept of being neighborly and living out the call to follow Jesus Christ.
Sometimes it’s not easy to pin down what that lofty concept might mean in real life. But, we try.
At the neighborhood centers it means valuing relationships, and it means seeing the everyday routine as an opportunity for the divine.
Here are some details of what we do at the centers along with some pictures. Maybe this will help clarify this concept. Most of all, hopefully you’ll see that what we do isn’t nearly as important as the intention behind the activity.
We play a lot.
What that really means is that we laugh, encourage, learn how to resolve conflict, and be a good sport.
We color pictures.
What that really means is we encourage creativity, spend time together, and value the input of even the youngest child.
We read lots of books.
What that really means is we encourage literacy, hold kids on our laps, give hugs, and bond over books.
What that really means is we care about each others’ lives, because God cares about them.
We eat together.
What that really means is we share, we try new foods, and we lay down the tendency to keep what appears to be ours.
The miracles tend to be in the mundane, and the divine in the details.
We’re learning that’s what it means to have a neighborhood center and to love our neighbors.
And, that is the heartbeat behind a neighborhood center.