STEPPIN OUT PROCEDURES In preparation for the day of service: 1.You will receive a summary sheet from Calvary with your site, site contact, and team information. 2.Contact your site two weeks in advance to verify final details, tasks, times and tools needed.
3.Determine the logistics of when & where your team will meet. 4.Call your team and give them your site details. 5.Pray for your team, that they would grow spiritually as they serve in their ministry role.
THE DAY OF STEPPIN OUT Remember: Steppin Out will NOT be canceled due to weather! We often work in rain or snow, so you will want to dress accordingly. 1.Launching Service is at 9am at both campuses. Not everyone will be able to participate depending on site schedule. 2.Gracefully exit at the time your are scheduled to be done in order to be respectful of team members time. 3.If the work is not complete and your team is able to return at a later date, please schedule with your contact person.
RELATIONSHIPS 1.Pray for your site contact & your team beforehand, that the entire project will reflect Christ that day. 2.When you arrive on the site, take time to have everyone introduce themselves. Even if most of the team is comprised of small group or family members, have an opening question for each one to answer. Example: What do you do during the week? 3.If you feel comfortable doing so, pray for the team before you start work.
BEFORE LEAVING YOUR SITE 1.Remind the team of the evening Celebration Service at 6pm at Roseville, and encourage everyone to attend. 2.Send stories & photos of the day to: email@example.com as soon as possible. firstname.lastname@example.org 3.Let your site contact know when you leave the site. 4.Thank everyone for volunteering.
BE AWARE OF SAFETY & LIABILITY ISSUES 1.If you cannot do a job safely please do not do it. 2.Use of power tools is encouraged only if you are confident in how to use the tool. 3.Use safety glasses if needed. 4.Use the buddy system. Never enter a house alone. 5.If you break something, let your site contact know. 6.Be as friendly and flexible as possible. 7.We are not able to accept donations. This is a day we give back to the community. 8.If you feel comfortable doing so, invite the site contact to the evening Celebration Service.
AFTER STEPPIN OUT DAY 1.You will receive a Steppin Out Site Leader Evaluation form prior to the event. 2.Please fill out this form including what went well, what was challenging for you, or what went wrong. 3.Your feedback is valuable to us in order to improve our planning and service to our community going forward. 4.Thank You!
BIBLICAL BASIS FOR STEPPIN OUT What does it mean to BE the Church? How does God view an event like Steppin Out? Lets look at Isaiah 58 together. Isaiah 58 talks about what pleases God – its called the Sabbath Fast. Isaiah 58 contains only 14 verses; but tells Gods people how to please Him on the Sabbath, and what they can expect as a result.
ISAIAH 58:1-2 1 Shout! A full-throated shout! Hold nothing back-a trumpet-blast shout! Tell my people what's wrong with their lives, face my family Jacob with their sins! 2 They're busy, busy, busy at worship, and love studying all about me. To all appearances they're a nation of right-living people-law-abiding, God-honoring. They ask me, 'What's the right thing to do?' and love having me on their side.
What are these verses saying? Gods people are worshiping together, studying Gods Word, and are busy going through the motions of practicing disciplines that foster a vital relationship with God. To all appearances Gods people have a right vertical relationship with God. Gods people sense something is missing, so they ask, Whats the right thing to do?
ISAIAH 58:6-8 6 This is the kind of fast day I'm after: to break the chains of injustice, get rid of exploitation in the workplace, free the oppressed, cancel debts. 7 What I'm interested in seeing you do is: sharing your food with the hungry, inviting the homeless poor into your homes, putting clothes on the shivering ill-clad, being available to your own families. 8 Do this and the lights will turn on, and your lives will turn around at once. Your righteousness will pave your way. The God of glory will secure your passage.
What are these verses saying? God is interested in His people fostering horizontal relationships, first within their own families, and then within the neighboring community through acts of compassion. Gods people demonstrate love to their neighbors on the Sabbath by meeting basic human needs of food, shelter, and clothing to those who lack the necessities of life.
ISAIAH 58:10-12 10 If you are generous with the hungry and start giving yourselves to the down-and-out, your lives will begin to glow in the darkness, your shadowed lives will be bathed in sunlight. 11 I will always show you where to go. I'll give you a full life in the emptiest of places-firm muscles, strong bones. You'll be like a well-watered garden, a gurgling spring that never runs dry. 12 You'll use the old rubble of past lives to build anew, rebuild the foundations from out of your past. You'll be known as those who can fix anything, restore old ruins, rebuild and renovate, make the community livable again.
What are these verses saying? If, in addition to the disciplines that foster our relationship vertically, we as a church body demonstrate compassion horizontally to those in our community who are less fortunate, God promises to make our lives flourish. If we love our neighbors as a church, God brings renewal to our surrounding community.
ISAIAH 58:13-14 13 If you watch your step on the Sabbath and don't use My holy day for personal advantage, If you treat the Sabbath as a day of joy, God's Holy day as a celebration, if you honor it by refusing 'business as usual,' making money, running here and there – 14 Then you'll be free to enjoy God! Oh, I'll make you ride high and soar above it all. I'll make you feast on the inheritance of your ancestor Jacob. Yes! God says so!
What are these verses saying? God wants us to worship and study His Word and pray; but these disciplines are not enough for spiritual growth. We are to fulfill the two great commands in order to grow spiritually: 1. Love God and 2. Love our neighbors just as we do ourselves. In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father in heaven. Matthew 5:16 ESV