Engaging The Nations
Across our Brentwood family of churches, we set out on mission to engage our community and the nations through a time of outreach and service at Engage Middle Tennessee.
The Brentwood, Harpeth Heights, Nolensville, and Woodbine campuses came together for a time of prayer, intentional conversation, and service through kids’ activities, music, fun booths, and celebration.
Our Avenue South campus helped our community through meeting yard work and landscaping needs at Monroe Harding, assisting with meal preparation and organization at Project Connect and the Carter Lawrence Food Pantry, and helping out Freedom’s Promise with some facility needs and letter writing.
The Lockeland Springs campus spent the morning serving at Warner Arts Magnet Elementary School while our West Franklin campus served at New Hope Academy. They both assisted in general cleaning, prayer walking, and distributing treat bags for the teachers and staff at the school.
Our Station Hill campus served by hosting block parties and cleanup at Evans Park and Port Royal Park. They also served by assisting with the Mobile Food Pantry at Spring Hill High School, visiting the local senior centers, serving through childcare at the church, and even hosting a crawfish boil for Every Girl Counts.
Overall, it was a fruitful time of engaging with our community here in Middle Tennessee and learning how to better love and serve our neighbors through the gospel of Jesus Christ.
Here’s one story from our afternoon spent serving and celebrating the love of Jesus at Plaza Mariachi:
Arts, Crafts, & Jesus
From the moment we started at the hand–painting table, children and their families eagerly swarmed around us, and it was so much fun! For me, in the first few minutes, I was reminded how different it was to have gospel conversations with really young children, and I struggled a bit to find my stride, but as those little hands and hearts kept coming my way, it felt so natural, and I knew that God’s Word was making a difference.
The sweetest part of my day was when a family came back to our table—their kids already had their hands painted, but they returned with a younger cousin who wasn’t with them the first time. As I started sharing the story of creation and the fall, I noticed that the older girl stayed right by the side of her cousin, talking to her in Spanish, but I didn’t realize what was happening right away…
Discipleship Starts Young
She just kept talking. I really thought they were talking about something else. But then, when I connected with her afterward, she explained to me that her cousin didn’t understand English, and she just wanted to make sure she heard the story.
So, then we continued, and I slowed down. After each part of the gospel and after each color I painted, she would gently explain my words in Spanish to her little cousin. There was so much joy on their faces.
In that moment, I realized that she was not only learning the gospel, but she was learning to disciple her younger cousin.
The work Brentwood Baptist Church is doing is far greater and farther reaching than we can even imagine, and this was just one small example of that.
“Truly I tell you, the one who believes in Me will also do the works that I do. And he will do even greater works than these.” –John 14:12