Locally, Nationally, And Globally
Relevant Church loves it's community. Because of that, we believe it is our privilege to reach out and serve them whenever possible. Jesus taught us to not only care for those in our immediate community, but to love people nationally and globally. We offer many different avenues for you to jump in and start making a difference to your neighbor. Check out a few of them below.
SECOND SATURDAY PROJECTS
Relevant serves its community, it’s part of our DNA. One of our favorite service opportunities happens on the second Saturday of every month. We creatively call it, “Second Saturday.” A Second Saturday project could include light home repair such as painting, maintenance, or landscaping. On occasion, we even work to identify ways to serve local businesses in Ybor City.
By having a regular, on-going service projects, we are able to mobilize volunteers throughout the year to meet needs in our community. Click here to sign up for our next project, or to receive more information.
Ms Ruby’s House - Ms. Ruby, affectionately known as “Mama Joy”, is 67 and cares for 11 great nieces and great nephews whose ages range from infant to 13. With the help of countless donations, over 140 volunteers, and many committed sponsors God allowed us to completely gut and rehab Ms. Ruby's house, which was built in 1918. It was a joy to help someone who helps so many. This renovation represented the 7th year in a row that Relevant had completed a similar project around Mother’s Day for a well deserving mother or grandmother in our community.
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Samaritan’s Feet - God provided two opportunities in 2015 to partner with Samaritan's Feet (www.samaritansfeet.org) and the Davin Joseph Foundation (www.davinsdreamteam.org) to help distribute shoes. The first was held at Central Tampa Baptist in conjunction with the NCAA Women’s Final Four and over 800 pair of shoes were distributed to local families in need. The second opportunity came in August as we served students at the Department of Children and Services and Springhill Park Community Center in Sulphur Springs. As a result, an additional 750 shoes were distributed. A unique component of this distribution was the opportunity recipients had to have their feet washed by volunteers as an act of servant leadership modeled by Jesus.
Robles Park - In 2015 we began partnering with Van Dyke United Methodist Church on the 2nd Saturday of every month to offer crafts, games, and Bible stories to children in the Robles Park community. Many students in this area also attend Broward Elementary so God has used this to help build a stronger bridge of support and encouragement in this community.
Tutoring and Mentoring in Local Schools - Relevant partners with two local elementary schools, Booker T Washington and Broward. We have numerous opportunities to demonstrate God’s love to the community in a tangible way. Each Fall we ensure that the students get a great start by providing stuffed backpacks and uniform shirts to every single student. Each teacher is also given a care package, or as we like to call it, a survival kit. We also provide volunteer led tutoring and mentoring weekly to help the most at risk children. Many Relevant businessmen and women also participate in the Great American Teach In.
Our partnership with BT Washington and Broward goes beyond the school property and into the community in many ways. For instance, our annual Ornaments of Hope Project. Through this project we adopt several school families for Christmas, providing gifts under trees and food for holiday tables that might otherwise be empty. During the Spring we identify families fro the school with the biggest home maintenance needs. An army of volunteers helps with home repair, painting, and yard cleaning during this project. We also partner with the schools annually for on-site clean up days and carnival days. The students even find there way to our facility every holiday season for their Christmas program.
This powerful partnership is allowing our church to impact not only schools but an entire communities. We know that this is only the beginning.
CHRISTMAS IS NEAR
Every December 23rd, Relevant Church brings their huge Christmas is Near holiday festival to downtown Tampa at Curtis Hixon Park. Starting in 2012, we had a vision of giving the gift of a Christmas festival to the city of Tampa. When over 3500 people attended, we knew we were on to something. Every year since, the event has grown bigger and better. At Christmas Is Near you can expect ice skating, train rides, photo booths, a “build your own stocking” station, face painting and giveaways. Also, when you get hungry, the area’s best food trucks are stationed around the park. We follow that with an unconventional Christmas Eve service that concludes with a candle light sing along.
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NATIONAL AND GLOBAL MISSIONS
Relevant extends it's LC3 mission both nationally and internationally through our mission trips to Eutaw, Alabama, and The Dominican Republic. Building on the foundation set in 2015, Relevant will continue to partner with SCORE, International sending teams to both locations.
In Alabama, we will participate in the first annual Greene County Summer Festival, an outreach program serving the community of Eutaw, and ministering the Good News of Jesus Christ. With sports camps, vocation clinics, and Vacation Bible School, the team from Relevant will be serving to make the festival an enjoyable and enriching experience for all who attend.
In The Dominican Republic, we plan to leverage Relevant's years of home rehab experience to provide a makeover of sorts to La Esperenza nursing home. This includes new mattresses and bedding, as well as a thorough cleaning of the living facility. Also, we will build beds and supply mattresses for the visiting family members of the children at Emmanual House school, one of the few schools in the country that provides educational resources for special needs children. Additionally, we will continue to minister to those living in the sugar cane villages surrounding the city of Juan Dolio, spreading the good news and reminding themof God's unending love.
We are located on 16th Street in-between 7th Ave and the Centro Ybor Parking Garage. We encourage parking in the lots on 16th St and 5th Ave for free until 2pm or in the Garage and we will give you a parking validation good for two hours on your way out of the service. Our parking team will help you get in and out as quickly and easily as possible.
- 1704 N. 16th St. Tampa, FL 33605
- (813) 242 4800
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