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Local churchgoers use a sermon to reach the community

Published: May. 29, 2016 at 4:56 PM EDT
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Cokesbury United Methodist closed its doors to over 4,000 churchgoers Sunday.

Some members decided to do the work of God beyond the sanctuary.

"The impact we're trying to have is an impact on other people's lives," said Larry Langford, member of the church.

The congregation traded worship for Cokesbury's community service project called "Impact." While some picked up trash, made prayer cards and fellowshiped, Langford and other worshipers represented Cokesbury at McDonald's.

"Doing something small can make a smile on some people's faces," said Langford.

The church staff widened the smiles of McDonald's customers after buying them a meal.

"The people so far have been real appreciative of having their breakfast paid for or their meals paid for," said Langford.

"Impact" is actually Cokesbury's month-long sermons series. It's used as a way for members to strengthen their relationship with God.

"The idea is that we are discussing how Jesus taught his disciples and us to love our neighbor by serving them," said Mark Wilson, Director of Communications for Cokesbury.

According to Wilson, church staff use "Impact" as a way to bring the pastor's sermon to life.

"It will create a title wave of change that will impact the city, the county, the region and even change the world," said Wilson.

Church members said they are not looking for recognition but for other people to pay it forward.

"I think it will have some positive feelings and impact on people to see that there are some good out there," said Langford.

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