The New Jersey-based megachurch Liquid Church will coordinate approximately 4,000 volunteers for its first-ever "Love Week" observance starting Sunday.
Scheduled to run through Nov. 5 Love Week will involve hundreds of community projects across the Garden State, totaling an estimated 10,000 hours of volunteer work.
Brooke LeMunyon, spokesperson for Liquid Church, told The Christian Post that the inaugural Love Week is the culmination of a seasonal churchwide reflection called "Love Comes to Town."
"For 40 days this fall our entire church has been learning to practice love in our relationships with God, our families, and neighbors — even the hard to love ones," explained LeMunyon.
"The series culminates in our first Love Week outreach, when we'll take the love of Jesus into our streets and alleys to serve homeless veterans, kids with special needs, the elderly, and those hungry for Christ's love and compassion."
Some of the Love Week events include a 3-on-3 high school basketball tournament to collect pairs of shoes, a 5K run meant to raise funds to combat childhood cancer, a renovation project for a temporary housing complex, and an event centered on assembling hygiene kits for the needy.
Approximately 4,000 volunteers will oversee these and other projects, a number that LeMunyon said came through the generosity of Liquid's congregation as well as extensive outreach efforts to the broader community.
"We've even been encouraging our folks to tell your hairdresser, mechanic, and barista about the outreach so we can serve our community with our community," said LeMunyon.
"We've also emphasized that Love Week is an opportunity to reach out to friends who may have been hesitant to join them at church ... but the idea of serving the hungry or those with special needs will really speak to them."
Founded in 2007 by Lead Pastor Tim Lucas, Liquid Church has six campuses and approximately 3,500 regular attendees.
"We believe a new generation deserves a new kind of church — one where truth is relevant, grace wins and church is fun," noted the Church's Facebook page. "No matter what you've done or where you've been, come as you are, and leave different."
Regarding the impact of Love Week, LeMunyon told CP that she hoped the observance will be "a time that we lock arms to serve together."
"At Liquid Church, we know when we put our gifts and passions together, that's when our impact is truly exponential," said LeMunyon.
"We want participants in Love Week to be stretched, inspired, and put faith into action as we live love out loud and shine the love of Christ to our communities across New Jersey."