Recognizing the importance of reaching beyond denominational divisions, Broomfield United Methodist Church has orchestrated a “Serve Weekend” Sept. 24-25 in conjunction with Presbyterian Church of Broomfield, United Church of Broomfield and Holy Comforter Episcopal Church.
“It’s to give back to the community that gives back so much to us already,” said Broomfield UMC Director of Connectional Ministries Nathan Heimer.
Since coming on board with Broomfield UMC in recent months, Heimer has helped spearhead an effort to unite churches located in close proximity to lend a helping hand.
“Our motto here at Broomfield UMC is love like Jesus with no strings attached,” he said. “We’re focused on the things that unify us, not the things that divide us.”
The weekend is divided between service projects on Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon, followed by a community party at Broomfield UMC on Sunday at 11:15 a.m.
The church groups are seeking upwards of 200 volunteers to tackle the list of nearly 20 projects. Sign up is available by contacting any of the involved churches.
“We have projects from the city of Broomfield, individual homes and organizations that we love,” he said.
The service opportunties include cleaning, organizaing donations, cooking, landscaping and more.
The largest number of volunteers are needed to pick up trash and debris at the 300-acre Broomfield County Commons Park.
Once Heimer got other church leaders on board the religious leaders met weekly the last two months to source projects and sponsorships.
“It's definitely a team effort,” he said. “It's a group project that actually worked.”
Serve Weekend begins with a fellowship meeting at 8 a.m. at Broomfield UMC, where following prayer assignments and driving directions will be distributed.
“We just want our people to get to know each other,” he said.
The gathering on Sunday, also held at Broomfield UMC, will provide additional bonding time with food, drinks, music and a circus performing group on tap.
“It’s just going to be a fun party,” he said.