Church Under the Bridge Continues To Grow 11/2/13
CBS 7 News
November 2, 2013
Midland, TX-A Midland church geared towards helping the homeless and the underserved continues to grow.
Last weekend Church Under the Bridge paid a visit to their sister church in Austin to make sure they were heading in the right direction with their church here in the Basin.
Church founder Evan Rogers says they’re continuing to see new faces at each service and more people in the community want to lend a hand.
The picture to the right depicting the empty basketball court, located on the corner of Baird and Washington, is turned into a church every Saturday morning.
Rogers says as a congregation they're on the right track.
"When you go to Austin, or Dallas, or somewhere like that, you’re so overwhelmed by the people who live on the streets that sometimes you can’t get to know all of them, but here we’re in a good position to actually build relationships, and get to know them and become friends with them. So that’s one thing that we gained from that [the trip], we’re actually on the right track,” said Rogers.
This one of a kind church is opened for anyone to attend, but does target those living on the streets and who live in extreme poverty.
"That’s only because they may not feel comfortable going to a corporate church, where they may not feel as comfortable, because they don’t have clothes that they think they need or they may feel like they’re frowned upon," said Rogers.
Vickie McCew is just one of the many members of the church who are homeless, she's been attending since day one.
"People right here, they treat you like family and other churches, they treat you like family too, but this church is just like my home, my family, they’re always there for me," said McCew.
Rogers said the community has really started to help out. Mid-Cities Community Church has volunteers out every service handing out clothes to those in need.
"Families take turns bringing donations for the donation table and so during the week we kind of keep a running list of things that people have requested, items that they need like enw pants, new shoes, new jackets, toiletrie, things of that nature," said Kimberly Christopher, a volunteer with Mid-Cities Church.
Each service volunteers with Church Under the Bridge, serve breakfast, hold praise and worship, which follows with the word and then end the day by serving lunch. A sacked lunch is also given to those who would like to take one for the road. Rogers said often time a lot of these people who are homeless or who live in extreme poverty go without eating.
Anyone who wishes to volunteer can visit the church’s website at: http://www.churchunderthebridgemidland.org/Home_Page.php