To serve communities in Christ’s name. “The Son of Man came not to be served, but to serve.” (Gospel according to Matthew, 20:28)
Adventist Community Services (ACS) is the outreach ministry of the Seventh-day Adventist Church. Established in 1879 in the United States of America, ACS operate in Ireland in Dublin and Cork, powered by the local Adventist congregations.
ACS efforts aim to demonstrate the love of God to people who are in need. Christ gave a genuine example, mingling with people who were marginalized, disadvantaged, and disenfranchised from society. These include the poor, the sick, the unclean, the prostitutes, and tax collectors — all outcasts as sinful people. Jesus expanded the Kingdom of God. We continue to do just as He did: free of charge, with a servant attitude.
Dublin West Seventh-day Adventist Church started helping Hope in the Darkness, an organisation offering a soup run and support for homeless people in Dublin city centre. The once a quarter help consisted in food, water, toiletries, sleeping bags, money, volunteers.
Dublin Romanian Seventh-day Adventist Church joined in taking it to a higher level of commitment. The help provided was now on a weekly basis, supplying the 100+ sandwiches offered at the table. Both churches combined efforts. Bulk donations from volunteers (and a company) added up.
Hope in the darkness needed a van and ACS churches helped. The same with volunteers on a Sleep out night to raise awareness of the homeless crisis. Step by step we learned all things needed for such efforts.
We organised the first ACS soup run, on the same spot (GPO) covering every other Saturday night. On Christmas the volunteers from Drumcondra Seventh-day Adventist Church helped with carols.
We continued fortnightly for half a year, trying to be and to serve #theSaturdayPeople. We were forced to close when the Covid-19 crisis came, due to lockdown (March 2020). (See here what we did in between for the front liners.)
Restrictions lifted for essential services (as we deemed ACS), we resumed the efforts. This time with an upgrade: weekly soup run, storage rented, industrial thermoses, two churches involved, youth also (on every 3rd Saturday of a month).
Autumn 2020/Spring 2021
A third church added in, Dublin Ranelagh Seventh-day Adventist volunteers. At times more volunteers joined in from Ballinacrow Seventh-day Adventist church. A branded van was added to help with logistics (donations from volunteers and Emerald Foundation, USA).
A building! The Seventh-day Adventist Church in Ireland has just purchased a building in Blanchardstown (Dublin 15) and ACS Dublin is to use the premises as a centre of influence for the community. The refurbished place will include an HSE approved kitchen, pantry and storage, meeting rooms.
Serving communities in Christ’s name!