Back in September, we announced the #ForGwinnett campaign that’s all about creating mores spaces to reach more faces. Basically, we are out of space for our Transit and InsideOut students. If we want to reach more faces in Gwinnett County, we need to create more spaces so that our students have a place where they can grow in their relationship with Jesus and invite their friends to meet him.
It has been incredible to see the remarkable generosity of the entire church since the launch of the campaign. One of the coolest things has been watching our kids and students take ownership of the new building.
A few weeks ago, Jeff shared about a Transit small group that had a bake sale and raised hundreds of dollars. One of our students even organized and hosted a sports tournament, donating all the proceeds to the new building.
Now, our UpStreet kids are getting involved with something called UPSTREET BRICKS. Here’s how it works! Anytime they give or invite a friend they get to put a lego in UpStreet’s outline of Gwinnett County.
When kids give any amount of money, they are helping create a place for people to meet Jesus. And, when kids invite their friends, they are giving those friends a chance to have their lives changed by Jesus.
Our UpStreet kids have taken this and run with it.
For the past four weeks, there have been lines of kids waiting to put money in the Give Tree and standing with the friends they invited, waiting to pick their favorite color Legos® and put them in the county.
We’ve heard stories of kids going all over the house collecting coins, earning money from chores, and emptying piggy banks of leftover Christmas and birthday money. There have also been so many cool stories of kids inviting their friends for the first time. One of our fifth grade boys even brought three of his friends to UpStreet! These guys all had an awesome time and at the end of the hour, they couldn’t wait to each pick a lego, climb up, and drop it in Gwinnett County.
We believe the local church is the hope of the world, and the next generation is the hope of the local church.
We can’t wait to watch God do immeasurably more in the next generation as they build the Church one brick at a time. That’s a #NextGenWin.