Rather than just trying to get people to church, the idea here is to take “church” to the people in the neighborhoods . Many people around Redding feel daunted by the "big church on the hill" and get lost in the crowd. While we ultimately would aim to get them plugged in to the traditional Sunday services and Bethel program, initially, that is not our main priority.
The focus is for those living in our housing is to build relationship and family, doing life together, in love, with each other and those that live around them. How living intentionally "looks" may be different for every person and situation. It may look like having a BBQ with your neighbors where everyone brings along some meat, or offering to baby sit, or giving someone a lift to church. It may also look like inviting them into your home for a meal and a bible study or worship. Something very simple like remembering a neighbors birthday can mean the world to them, especially if a cake is in the picture too!
We target neighborhoods that are more needy and on the rougher side. Many of the neighborhoods where we are situated have drug addicts, alcoholics, mentally or physically disabled individuals living on government funding. Crime is seen more in many of these neighbors. For some, living in some of these places might not be for them. Especially if they feel unsafe and vulnerable.