The first of the 2013 Chewy Tuesdays deliveries will take place on Tuesday, 4 June 2013 about noon. This is the third year for this ministry. As in previous years, participation is expected to grow throughout the summer.
Last August many adults and children said goodbye to the summer program Chewy Tuesdays. What started in 2011 as a program to address hunger among community children quickly evolved into one in which the healthy meal was secondary to going into the community with God’s love.
Last year’s mission was to tell every child that received a meal that, “God loved him” or “God loved her” every time a meal was delivered. Occasionally, some children were not present. Occasionally, a parent resisted. Occasionally, parents were vying to be the knucklehead of the month and were rude to those bringing lunch and a message of life.
Mostly, both adults and children received the meal and the message with anticipation. Many would run to those delivering. They knew what was coming and could hardly wait. Altogether, about 250 meals were delivered during the summer of 2012.
Last year’s ministry started slowly with early single digit deliveries, but numbers jumped quickly during the Pop Tarts and Peanut Butter give away as most families who came for the kid-friendly foods also registered to receive the Tuesday deliveries while they were getting their Pop Tarts.
A brief after action program review affirmed t two things that will surely stay the same for the life of this program.
First, going into the community is a keeper. There is just something about being “sent” that brings out the missionary in people, even if the trip is just a few blocks long.
Second, there may never be another ministry in the future of this church that does not involve telling the children that “God loves them.” There will be no vote or paperwork requiring this. Ministry members have simply become “God loves you addicts.” It is as if they were commissioned to spread good news for the rest of their lives.
Chewy Tuesdays is a ministry of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church in Burns Flat, but it reaches beyond the walls of the church. Donations and workers came from and are expected to come from other churches and even other towns and organizations again this year. Look for great things from this ministry in the year to come.
Wait! What! I didn’t hear about this until today. Have I missed out?
No, you have not missed out. Just stop by the Cumberland Presbyterian Church and sign up for the rest of the summer.
What if my child has food allergies?
There is a place to list allergies on the sign up form. We will do our best to provide a substitute food where you note an allergy.
Is there a charge?
No charge. This literally is a free lunch.
Can you just leave the lunches on the doorstep?
We could, but the best part about this ministry for the workers is telling the children that God loves them. We want the kids to hear this message over and over again. For that reason, we ask that we deliver the meals directly to the children each week.
Do I have to come to church if we sign our kids up for these meals?
Actually, the church comes to you. You see, the people who follow Jesus are the church and some of them will be delivering the meal. If you want to come and worship with us on a Sunday morning that needs to be something that you decide to do because you want to give thanks to God and praise his name. We don’t bargain to get people to the church building. The meal comes to the children because our command is to love one another. No conditions attached.
What if we won’t be home every Tuesday?
There is a place on the form to note dates that you know you will not be there. For those unexpected departures, just call the church phone (580) 562-4706 before 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday and we won’t prepare a meal for your kids that day.