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Meek Church meeting needs with clothes closetcomment (0)

February 18, 2010

For Clara “Cookie” Woodruff, member of Meek Baptist Church, Arley, starting a clothes closet ministry was simply an act of obedience to God’s call to meet physical and spiritual needs.

“We just want to do what God wants us to do. We want to be servants to the community,” she said.

It all began in August of 2009 when the Winston Baptist Association church decided to give away clothes before the start of school. With a positive response from the community and a large amount of clothes leftover, Woodruff, the clothes closet director, saw an opportunity for the church to meet the clothing needs of its community year-round. Opening its doors for the first time Jan. 14, the Meek Baptist clothes closet offers clothing for infants to adults, both males and females, as well as shoes and clothing accessories. Those who come to the clothes closet will be asked to fill out a form that includes spiritual questions, and a church member will go over the form with them.

“Our main goal for this whole thing is to see souls won for Christ,” Pastor Richard D. Welch said. “Meeting the needs of the community opens the door to share Jesus. People will come to a clothes closet that would never come to church.

“I hope that a year from now we are talking about how many hundreds of people have come to know Jesus Christ through this clothes closet,” he added.

The clothes closet will be open every second Thursday of the month from 6:30–8:30 p.m. and as needs come available.

“I know that [the clothes closet] is bringing the church family a little more together,” Woodruff said. “I’m hoping it will start a mission-mindedness in the church, too.”

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