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The Great Day of Service

The Great Day of Service is PRUMC’s annual community volunteer day.  At this favorite outreach event all ages put their faith in action as they serve those in need across Atlanta.  Each year during Lent nearly 1,000 church members and friends take this Saturday to make helping others a priority.  It is truly a great day of sharing our time and talents with the charitable agencies Peachtree Road supports.

Do all the good you can, By all the means you can, In all the ways you can, In all the places you can, At all the times you can, To all the people you can…  As long as you ever can.

Great Day Projects

1.    Covenant House Georgia
Volunteers will assemble Easter baskets to be distributed to children the following weekend.  Join this project to get a jump start on the fun in putting together an Easter basket!
Captain:   Bonnie Copeland  |  Ages 8+


2.    Fellowship of Christian Athletes – Urban Baseball
Volunteers will join youth in baseball games at Carver YMCA with one game in the morning and one game in the afternoon.  During the games, volunteers will staff the concession stand.  Great for baseball fans of all ages!
Captains:   Karen & Isaac Trotter  |  Ages 6+


3.    Jerusalem House – Family Program I
Volunteers will take children and their families bowling.  This is a great project to do as a family with opportunities to visit and minister with families from Jerusalem House.
Captain:   Gary Schneeberg  |  Ages 8+


4.    SafeHouse Outreach – YOUTH PROJECT
If you love Spring festivals, this project is for you!  Volunteers will set-up and staff a Spring festival for families of SafeHouse and the homeless in the community.
Captains:   Elisabeth Pannell & Sloan Dobrin  |  Ages 6+


5.    Trinity Community Ministries/Big Bethel
Calling all softball fans!  Volunteers will play residents in an annual softball game, followed by cooking hamburgers and hotdogs for residents and volunteers.  It’s a homerun for everyone involved!
Captains:  Earl Young & John Shingler  |  Ages 5+


6.    Wilderness Works
If you enjoy field trips and being outgoing to strangers, this is the right project for you!  PRUMC volunteers will take 20 homeless children on a field trip or enrichment experience in Atlanta.  Location TBD.
Captain:  Randall Mullen  |  Ages 8+


7.    Agape Teen Mentor Seminar
This new project is an opportunity to share career mentoring and knowledge with teens from the Agape Program.  Participants will work through case-study exercises together and have the opportunity to learn more about school and career opportunities.  Volunteers will help with staffing as well as sharing their personal stories.
Captains:  Graham McWhorter & Michael Chiock  |  Ages 18+


8.    Hollis Innovation Academy- I
If you like the Musical “The Wiz” or just musical theatre in general, why not give this project a go?  Volunteers will work on creating the sets and costumes for the school’s spring musical.  This project will involve painting, costume creation (cutting, sewing, gluing), set carpentry and creative design!
Captain:  Catherine Jones  |  Ages 16+


9.    Hollis Innovation Academy- II
Use your green thumb to help brighten the school’s garden atrium! Volunteers will replant flower boxes and also do some light painting in the outside atrium.
Captain:   Mary Beth Cornell  |  Ages 16+


10.     Habitat for Humanity
Volunteers will join building efforts on the 47th house in the church’s history with Habitat for Humanity.  This project will run from 7:30 until 3:30 and will not meet at the church.  If this is the only Saturday you can participate in this project, we’d love to have you sign up!
Captain:   Robert Nix  |  Ages 16+


11.    Hopeworks I
Come share love on Great Day to one of the lovely widows in Hopeworks. Volunteers will do yard work and help with work inside the home, including cleaning windows and light housework.  You also will have an opportunity to meet with the homeowner and share some hospitality.
Captain:   Julie Sellers  |  Ages 8+


12.    Jerusalem House
Calling volunteers looking for an outdoor project!  This project involves providing some TLC for the Jerusalem House property.  Activities include raking leaves, trimming bushes and hedges, planting flowers and providing organization to an outdoor storage unit.
Captain:   Kevin Culpepper  |  Ages 8+


13.    Jerusalem House – Family Program II
Calling volunteers looking for an outdoor project!  This project involves providing some TLC for the Jerusalem House – Family Program property.  Activities include raking leaves, trimming bushes and hedges, planting flowers and providing organization to an outdoor storage unit.
Captain:   Laura Taylor  |  Ages 8+


14.     Urban Recipe
Want to volunteer with a partner but you can’t agree on an indoor or outdoor project?  Sign-up here and you CAN work together!  This project involves both indoor and outdoor activities.  Volunteers will work on 2 project scopes; one group will work outside in the garden and the other group will work inside painting the co-op gathering space and organizing the kitchen pantry.
Captain:   Ami Neilan  |  Ages 8+


15.     BeLoved Atlanta
Do you enjoy landscaping?  This project is for you!  Volunteers will provide landscaping for 2 BeLoved homes (on the same street).
Captain:   Jennifer Evans  |  Ages 12+


16.     Agape I – Home Repairs
Volunteers will help make home repairs on an older adult’s residence.
Captain:   Dyer Kennedy  |  Ages 14+


17.    Agape II – Home Repairs
Volunteers will help make home repairs on an older adult’s residence.
Captains:   Juliane Walker & Bob Nelson  |  Ages 13+


18.    Agape III – Home Repairs
Volunteers will help make home repairs on an older adult’s residence.
Captains:   David Ratliff & Susie Hubbard  |  Ages 16+


19.    Agape IV – Home Repairs
Volunteers will help make home repairs on an older adult’s residence.
Captains:   Dan Rogers & Tommy Powell  |  Ages 13+


20.    Agape V – Home Repairs
Volunteers will help make home repairs on an older adult’s residence.
Captain:  Tommy Brunson  |  Ages 13+


22.    Atlanta Police Athletic League
If you love design work and strive to have the “Joanna Gaines” approach to space planning, join this project!  Volunteers will work on sprucing up the league’s teen activity space and installing new interior décor.
Captains:   Jenny Warner & Pebbles Nix  |  Ages 10+


23.     Feed My Lambs
This project is for volunteers wanting to provide some TLC to spaces that are well-loved by children each day! Volunteers will install new shelving in classrooms, clean toys and cots and also reorganize the children’s library.
Captains:  Collier & Chris Collier  |  Ages  11+


24.     Solomon’s Temple
This exciting new project will create a bedroom extreme makeover for 5 families living at Solomon’s Temple.
Captain:  Amanda Tucker  |  Ages  8+


25.    Campbellton UMC
Share your landscaping talents with another church! Volunteers will be doing needed yard work for this pre civil war United Methodist church.
Captain:  Deidra Harrell  |  Ages 10+


26.    New Hope AME Church
This project is a great opportunity to provide TLC to a well-known historical site in Atlanta.  Work on the church grounds and historic cemetery.
Captains:  Mike Ivey & Jack Cay  |  Ages 10+


27.    St. Paul’s UMC
Volunteers will work on outdoor and indoor needs for this historic Grant Park church.
Captain:  Art Brady  |  Ages 12+


28.     Action Ministries/Smart Lunch
A great family project and opportunity to volunteer in providing for some of Atlanta’s youngest food insecure children.  Volunteers will pack food boxes and weekend snack bags for elementary school children.
Captain:   Shawn Perkins  |  Ages 8+


29.     Action Ministries/Women’s Community Kitchen
Do you LOVE organizing?  This is your project!  Volunteers will clean and organize the Women’s Kitchen pantry and kitchen space.  This project also includes installing additional shelving.
Captains:  Sarah & Mike Hoeflin  |  Ages 5+


30.     FULL/CLOSED!  Ashbury Harris Epworth Towers/Wesley Woods Senior Living
It’s a MAKEOVER!!!  If organizing and designing spaces are some of your favorite activities, this project is for you!  Volunteers will completely reorganize the Towers’s library, including shelving books and creating a catalogue storage system.
Captain:  Keri Caldwell  |  Ages 10+


31.    Grady Baby Blankets
Share your love of sewing with babies in need of warmth.  Volunteers will make baby blankets for Grady Memorial Hospital and guests of Christmas Kindness
Captain:   Louise Drane


32.    Family Projects
Do you want to participate with your family in GDS but only have an hour or so to give?  Sign-up for Family Projects!  Families will work together on six different projects: food sorting for Buckhead Christian Ministry, making snack bags for the Redemption Community UMC, making birthday kits for Action Ministries, making boxes for Homeless at Heart Project and painting rocks for the Kindness Project.
Captains: Sunni Ammons, Jen Hardy, Lindsay Wimberly  l  For families with children ages 5-10 yrs.


33.    Hopeworks II
*Reserved for older adults and those with special needs.*
Volunteers will assemble Easter fruit baskets for widows.
Captain:  Pablo Mejias


34.    Hygiene Kits and Lunch Bags for Homeless
*Reserved for older adults and those with special needs.*
Volunteers will assemble hygiene kits and lunch bags for the Homeless Ministry at PRUMC.
Captain:  Workman Meeks


35.    “Praying for Peanut Butter”
*Reserved for older adults and those with special needs.*
Volunteers will help make sandwiches for the homeless.
Captain:  Brandon Blewett


36.    GDS Check in


37.    GDS Picnic Workers
Captain:  Dick Dietz


38.    GDS Set-up on Friday

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Frequently Asked Questions

What time does The Great Day of Service start?
8:00 am Breakfast in Harp Center
8:30 am  Holy Communion with Ron Greer,
9:00 am  Leave PRUMC to serve on Projects

What time does my project end?
Each project length is different.  They end anywhere from 10:30 am – 3:00 pm.  Your project captain will confirm the length.

Do I need to bring anything to my project?
Your Project Captain will contact you with information a week before the Great Day.  Usually we provide all the necessary equipment.

Do I need to bring lunch or water?
Water is provided by the church and lunch will be provide your Project Captain if your project continues during lunchtime.

How do I know where my project is?
You will receive an email the week of the GDS with complete details and directions to your project.

Do I need to come to the church first?  Or can I go straight to my project?
You can meet either at the church, or at your project.  We recommend coming to the church so that you may experience communion with the large group.

What should I wear?
Wear casual clothes that can get dirty.

What if it rains?
If it rains, and you are on an outdoor project, you will receive instructions to your rain plan (indoor) project.

How do I get more information on who we are helping?
To learn more about the agencies we are helping, ask your project captain for information or link to their website from www.prumc.org.

How often is the Great Day?  Are there more throughout the year?
The Great Day of Service occurs once annually during Lent.

Can I count this toward school service hours?
To count The Great Day toward school service hours please email Beth Spencer at beths@prumc.org.

How do I register?
Register online or on a paper form located throughout the church.

What are the age breakdowns?  Is there a nursery for children too young for projects?
The registration form indicates approrpriate ages for each project.  Nursery is available at the church for 4 months to 4 years.  We have planned outreach activities for ages 4 to 7 at the church. Some off-campus projects take children as young as 4 years old.

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History of the Great Day

Beth Spencer has been at the helm of GDS through her 20 years as director of Lay Volunteer Services and now Local Outreach for Peachtree Road. We talk with Beth about the heart, history and experience of GDS.

Q:    So how did GDS get started?
A:     GDS was the idea of Rev. Vickie Smith, then a PRUMC member and volunteer and now an ordained minister herself.  Her brother’s church in Alabama had tried a similar idea.  At the same time, the Disciple bible study was taking off and the members were acting on what they were learning – to go out into the world and do good.  PRUMC was a very financially generous church then, but not as generous with our time as we are today.  The combination of these factors led us to create the Great Day of Service, in the spirit of Lent, when members and friends would sacrifice what they would normally be doing that day and take on a day of service that could change their lives and the lives of others.  Rev. Smith pitched the idea to Rev. Don Harp and told him that she thought we could have 100 volunteers; he said we will have 500, and he was right!

Q:    How has it evolved over the years?
A:    It went from 500 volunteers the first year to almost 2,000 about 15 years ago.  We have settled on closer to 1,100 volunteers today due to the abundance of outreach opportunities that happen now on a weekly basis.

Q:    Is this a United Methodist program or unique to PRUMC?
A:    The Great Day is unique to PRUMC, but we have had the honor to help many churches throughout the country start their own.  The UMC Annual Conference now includes a day of service each year as well.

Q:    Tell us what the Great Day of Service means to you.
A:    It is the backbone of the Local Outreach Ministry at PRUMC. Many charitable agencies have become permanent PRUMC partner agencies after participating in GDS, and members have found great friendships working together on projects.  We have even had people meet and then get married after working on a project together!  It is one of the few times that we as a congregation come together in a relaxed setting to worship and then go out to serve others.  All ages come together and that’s a good thing!

Q:    How many agencies do we serve each year?
A:    We have had as few as 15 and as many as 90 depending on the number of projects each participating agency has for us to tackle.  This year we will have 36 projects serving 40 agencies.

Q:    What ages are the GDS volunteers?
A:    Newborn to 100 – there is truly a project for all ages and stages!  We even have volunteers who have been with us since the beginning.

Q:    What is your favorite part of GDS?
A:    I have two favorite parts: The communion service with the fabulous Ron Greer homily that kicks off the event, and then sharing stories when folks come back to the church after projects are complete.  All the hard work has paid off when the volunteers have had a good experience and want to come back and volunteer again.

Q:    Complete this sentence: GDS would not happen without…
A:    The wonderful volunteers of Peachtree Road!

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The Heart of our Ministry

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