Tuesday, February 22, 2011

FLC Gateway Service project: A lesson in light

Over the past few weeks, a number of youth and adults from FLC, folks from the Gateway Center and members of our greater community have volunteered their time and creative energy to design and paint the new Laser Tag Game Center.

The addition of the Laser Tag to the Gateway Center came when the supplies from a local business were purchased and donated to the community center. Over the past few weeks, over twenty people worked together to make the feat of decorating thirteen game room wall panels, the suiting-up room, and two sides-floor-to-ceiling-mural- of a 40 foot hallway.
The right hallway design consists of a city sky line that includes bridges, buildings and street lights.

The left hallway design consists of subway cars with windows full of passengers. The paints used in the hallway and suit up room was a mix of spray paint and acrylics. The paint in the game room, needed to be sensitive to black light, so only fluorescent spray paint was used. If you look carefully at each painting in the game and suiting up rooms; that each speck of paint works to convey a written or visual message that comes directly from scriptures in the Bible.

The Gateway Center
, located on 31 Water Street in Jamestown, NY, is a community center focused on reaching out to the needs of community and provide a safe space founded in Christian values and mission. (This piece is taken from Micah 6:8)

While the center has the new laser tag game room, it also is home to:
Alcoholic Anonymous Chapter Meetings, Angel Food Ministries. Community Helping Hands,The Depot Thrift Store & Furniture Showroom, E2CC BOCES Adult Education, Family/Youth Center & Alpha Cafe, Soaring Up Skate and BMX Park, His Way Archers, Love INC (In the Name of Christ), Mental Health Association / H.O.M.E. (Housing Options Made Easy), Saint Susan’s Soup Kitchen,
UCAN (United Christian Advocacy Network), and Western NY Food Bank Distribution Center. The laser tag game room will open to the public March 2011. Prices and times are yet to be announced.

While helping with this project, FLC youth and families had the opportunity to serve the community with their gifts and see how partnering in ministry helps to serve the holistic needs of our neighbors in the Jamestown area. As Christians, we are called to be, "... the light of the world--like a city on a hilltop that cannot be hidden."(Matthew 5:14). By helping with this project, we had the chance to shine our light and become partners with a local ministry that shines the light of Christ everyday. Thank you to everyone who helped with this service project, the Gateway Center for inviting us to share in this mission and God for giving us the chance to use our gifts by painting. This project truly was a lesson in light!

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