ShareFest 2016 is April 23-24!
What is ShareFest?
ShareFest is an idea that began in Central Arkansas in 1999. A group of Arkansas pastors decided to take the church into the community and show the love of Jesus in tangible ways. In the fall of 2007, a group of Grand Valley pastors and church leaders met to discuss if ShareFest could be a reality here. Could people from different churches and denominations come together for one weekend and serve the community in the name of Jesus?
The answer was yes! The first Grand Valley ShareFest was held in April, 2008, with twenty churches and over three thousand people serving on over six hundred projects. People of all ages worked on projects including cleaning yards, sewing lap quilts for care center residents, walking through neighborhoods picking up trash, painting mobile homes, and making care packages for college students. The Church came together, and it was a sight to behold.
How does it happen?
Participating churches and their volunteers decide which day(s) they are going to serve, Saturday or Sunday, during ShareFest Weekend. Volunteers get together in groups, adopt a project, and choose a team leader who, with someone else, visits the project site to evaluate the project and to have the homeowner sign all waivers and releases. The group leader then works with the volunteers to set the time they will meet, determine tools and supplies needed, and prepare any other logistics for the project.