We exist to serve others by showing God’s love in practical ways through meeting the needs within our communities and spheres of influence. Simple acts of personal kindness can open hearts to the love of Jesus for both those being served and those serving. Serve Day is our annual outreach event where we intentionally dedicate the day to showing love to our city.

It is an exciting opportunity for us, the local church, to go into our communities and love our neighbors. Come be a part of serving our communities and sharing the love of Jesus through simple, practical acts of kindness.

We want every person who is passionate about helping people to find the right opportunities to effectively use their gifts to build up the body of Christ and extend the Kingdom of God.

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Friday, September 16

Serve Rally & Prayer Night

7:00pm – 9:00pm | 381 Elliot Street (StoryHeights Church)

Starting off Serve Day with a Worship and Prayer Rally

All Ages Welcome! Childcare will be arranged. 

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Before we begin our annual Serve Day outreach, we want to kick things off by coating all our projects in Prayer and celebrating together with Worship. The StoryHeights Band will lead worship, and you’ll have an opportunity to pray for each Serve Day project and for the people we’re serving. Anyone is welcome, even if you’re not able to participate in any of the Serve Day projects!

Late-Night Pizza & Water Bottle Giveaway

11:30pm – 1:00am | Seaport District

Also known as the StoryHeights Favorite “Bar Outreach”!

Must be at least 18 years of age to participate

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This project is a favorite of ours and so much fun! Join us as we walk around the Seaport District and give away free Pizza + Water Bottles to those heading in and out of bars and late-night shows. You’ll get to make someone’s whole night and have awesome conversations all while spreading seeds of hope. There’s a reason this outreach shows up year after year, it’s probably the most fun you’ll have all of serve day!

Saturday, September 17

MBTA Thank You Bag Giveaway

5:00am – 6:30am | Downtown Boston

Showing love to our MBTA drivers, who often go unnoticed!

Ages 10 & Up

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MBTA drivers deal with a LOT, and they have been through the wringer the past few years! To brighten their days, we’ll be catching them as they begin their shifts and handing out pre-assembled thank you bags filled with goodies to make their day. This outreach will take place across a few t-station locations, and groups will go out in 2-3 and deliver the thank you baskets to the drivers.

Mattapan Police Appreciation Breakfast

6:30am – 8:30am | Mattapan

Serve Coffee and Breakfast during a shift change at BPD Precinct 3 in Mattapan

All ages welcome! 

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Our crisis center has had the privilege of working with the Boston Police Department in Mattapan and we want to show our appreciation for all they do. This outreach will take place during the morning shift change, so we will get a chance to serve all 120+ officers working that day. We will set up a breakfast bar and serve coffee and pastries, as well as pass out thank you baskets (with cards written from our own SHKids!).

Blessing Barn Mattapan Deep Clean

7:00am – 9:00am | Mattapan

Serve at Blessing Barn Mattapan by helping us deep clean the store!

Ages 13 and Up!

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Our biggest need at the Blessing Barn right now is a deep clean. Since we opened our doors April of 2021 we haven’t had a deep clean, and it is TIME! Part of the mission of Blessing Barn is to provide Mattapan with a beautiful place to shop, and you can help us achieve this goal by joining a crew of volunteers who will help sweep, mop, dust, and reorganize shelves and products so we can start our fall and Christmas seasons in strength!

Blessing Barn Mattapan Fall Fest

9:30am – 12:00pm and 12:30pm – 3:00pm| Mattapan

Serve at Blessing Barn Mattapan by helping us throw our community a fall festival event!

Must be at least 13 years old to participate

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Come serve at the Blessing Barn while we host a fall fest fun day! There will be balloon animals, face paint, huge sales, and giveaways as we engage with the Mattapan community for a fun fall Saturday. Signups can be for either time slot, and volunteers will be helping to ring customers up, organize the store, talk with customers, host giveaways, face painting, and make balloon animals.

Medical Staff Thank You Baskets

10:00am – 11:00am | Meet at Blessing Barn Mattapan

Assemble and deliver appreciation baskets to Medical staff in the Dorchester/Mattapan Area

All ages welcome!

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Our Crisis Center has been working with many different medical staff and offices in greater Dorchester, and we’d love to assemble and deliver gift baskets to them, just as a way to say thank you for all they’ve done over the past two years. This outreach project will begin by assembling baskets together, then heading out to the nearby health centers to do an in-person delivery. This is a great opportunity to show your gratitude for their hard work, and brighten their day with a simple small gift!

Supply Delivery for Individuals Living Without Shelter

11:00am – 12:30pm | Meet at Blessing Barn Mattapan

Deliver supply bags for those living along “Methadone Mile” in Boston.

Must be at least 18 years old to participate

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On the outskirts of Boston, in the area known as “Methadone Mile” to some and “Recovery Road” to others, there are many individuals living in encampments in the area surrounding several Methadone Clinics. The goal of this outreach project is to bring temporary relief and sow seeds of hope to those living in this area. We will meet at a local fast food area, deliver supply baskets and offer prayer to the individuals living in this area.

Adopt-a-Block Mattapan

10:00am – 12:00pm | Meet at Blessing Barn Mattapan

Join us as we clean up trash, and assist local businesses in Mattapan with free window washing!

All ages welcome! (Use your discretion with children, as this is a high-traffic area with many cars)

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The heart of an Adopt-a-Block outreach is to create an atmosphere of change in our community by serving the individuals and families who live in a community with whatever they may need. While our Crisis Center sits in the heart of Mattapan, we often don’t get an opportunity to physically assist our neighbors in Mattapan Square. For this outreach, we’ll focus on picking up trash in Mattapan Square and offering free window washing to all the local businesses in Mattapan Square.

Mattapan Elementary School Projects

11:00am – 2:00pm | Mattapan Square

Serve the two local elementary schools in Mattapan by helping the staff with organization projects!

All ages welcome!

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Through our Crisis Center, we have wonderful partnerships with KIPP Academy and Ellison Parks Early Ed School. Both Schools need help organizing spaces like libraries and gym closets, so the staff can efficiently teach and focus on their students. Project details are TBD, but you can expect to spend your time moving supplies around and creating organization systems for each school.

Water Bottle Giveaway

12:00pm – 2:00pm | Newton

Handing out free water and masks at Newton Center T Station and Boston College T Station

All ages welcome! (Use your best judgment bringing children as we’ll be mainly by a train station and busy streets.)

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Random acts of kindness were basically invented by Jesus, right? For this outreach, we’ll be giving away water bottles and other goodies as a “just because” to folks getting on/off the T at Newton Center station on the D line, and at Boston College Station on the B line. Our goal for this project is to reach families and college students who will be traveling mid-day.

Crisis Center Supply Bag Assembly

2:00pm – 4:00pm | Meet at Blessing Barn Mattapan

Help us create quick supply bags to hand out at our Crisis Center, and organize our supply shelves.

All ages welcome!

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Our Crisis Center serves a range of individuals experiencing different types of crises. As the fall approaches, we want to be ready with warm weather gear packed and organized so we can increase our efficiency and take even more appointments going forward. Helping to assemble these supply bags, and create an organization system for our crisis center supplies can help us double the number of appointments we can take in a day, to help serve an estimated increase of 350 individuals in the next four months!

Newton Senior Center Packing Party

1:00pm – 3:00pm | Newton

Nursing homes are open and we’re going to love on them as hard as we can!

All ages welcome!

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The Newton Senior Center always raves about the packages we send them, so we’re back for another year to bless an often forgotten people group in our community! We’ll be gathering to create craft projects for the seniors to complete using a big assembly line. At the end of this packing party, we’ll have created over 50 bags with goodies and crafts for all the Newton Senior Center clients to use at their upcoming Halloween Parties.

Price Center Home for People with Intellectual and Developmental Differences

2:00pm – 5:00pm | Newton

Help us show the staff some appreciation, and spend time blessing our neighbors by serving one of the Price Center’s residential homes.

All ages welcome!

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The Price Center currently operates six homes in Newton and Brookline that offer a variety of support services for persons with developmental differences. They’ve asked us to support their cause by focusing on appreciating their staff who consistently go above and beyond every day. We’ll bring appreciation baskets, hang out with residents, and help with home projects that the staff need so they can get a day off.

Volunteer Thank You Party

5:00pm | Newton

Join us as we celebrate the day and say a huge thank you to all our volunteers!

All ages welcome! There will be fun games for the kids!

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We couldn’t do the amazing outreaches we’re doing on Serve Day without you! After all the fun join us back at the StoryHeights Building for some pizza, ice cream floats, and fellowship as we celebrate all that God has done during serve day together. There will be fun games for the kids as well!

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