Johnson Ferry Baptist Church is participating with Mount Bethel United Methodist Church in Marietta for a food drive, in addition to other outreach efforts with other congregations. JFBC/Special
MARIETTA — As churches grapple with how to be God’s light amid the darkness of the COVID-19 pandemic, many Georgia Baptist churches are finding tangible ways to minister to their communities.
Johnson Ferry Baptist Church in Marietta has partnered with Mt. Bethel United Methodist Church in Marietta, Mosaic Marietta, and MUST Ministries to gather and distribute food to individuals and families who may be struggling with food shortages during the crisis.
“We are participating in a food drive with Mount Bethel United Methodist Church in order to provide for children and others in our community who need food and staple items during this time of uncertainty. Moments like these provide wonderful opportunities to serve and demonstrate the hope of Jesus through tangible expressions of love,” said Clay Smith, senior pastor at Johnson Ferry.
Since March 18, the church has provided a drive-through drop-off point for people wanting to donate food items. At certain times, church staff members have greeted and prayed with – through the car’s passenger window – individuals donating to the food drive.
“We are adhering to CDC guidelines for collecting food, as donors only have to drive through to drop off items. Our staff is wearing gloves, washing hands, and practicing social distancing measures to ensure they are serving in a health-conscious way. C
“COVID-19 is making an impact on all of our lives. But the church is essential to ministry in our community, and we want to serve in whatever way we can to make a lasting difference,” Smith said.