Little Rock Church Hits the Streets in Neighborhood Outreach Initiative

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- A few local church members took to the streets to meet their neighbors in West Little Rock.

From door to door. members of Immanuel Baptist Church-- are taking their neighborhood outreach from the pulpit, to the streets.

"We love our city," says Pastor Steven Smith.

While it's far from the first outreach initiative organized by Pastor Smith-- it is the first time he and church members have actually knocked on the doors closest to their own. "The idea of the Christian life is not that you insulate and isolate, but you draw the circle big, you put your arms around the city and you bring them."

Back in July, a 14-year old was murdered less than two miles from the church. Just a few blocks away - two small children killed inside their home. Sunday, they will all be in church worshiping together. But today-- this congregation is getting outside of the sanctuary-- to try and strengthen a sense of community.

"There's been murder there's been a lot of violence and again it's not us and them, it' s us," says Smith.

Members also passed out light bulbs and backpacks. "We wanted to show them what we offer at Immanuel, and we also wanted to invite them to be apart of those things and it's been very well received," says Samuel Bledsoe.

Heading out in hopes of healing the city, doing their part to help curb crime around their church. "This fits in to a long trajectory of things, that's happened in the city and because of the increased nature of violence, we are going to be doing a lot more of," Smith. In return-- perhaps bringing in some new faces, come Sunday.


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