Serve communities in Christ’s name.
“The Son of Man came not to be served but to serve.” (Matthew 20:28)
Adventist Community Services is the official community outreach ministry of the Seventh-day Adventist Church.
In 1879, the Seventh-day Adventist Church officially named the “Dorcas Society” as its community outreach program (see Acts 9:32-39 in the New Testament). It evolved into “Good Samaritan Society” and by 1953 it broadened the concept of service to address an increasingly urbanised society, functioning as “Health and Welfare Services by Seventh-day Adventists.” Three decades later, in 1983 it became Adventist Development and Relief Agency International (ADRA). In 2005 “ACS International” was reinstalled to focus on Adventists in community services and outreach ministries program.
Our Dublin History
Started in autumn 2017, as an initiative of Dublin West Adventist Church, ACS Dublin supported with donations a street soup run organised by Hope in the Darkness.
Summer 2018, Dublin Romanian Adventist Church joined in, providing constant weekly help for the same project (sandwiches, volunteers, donations).
Fall 2019, we organised our first soup run, serving people in need in front of GPO Dublin. We continued fortnightly until the Covid-19 lockdown.
Summer 2020, after Covid-19 restrictions were lifted, we resumed our efforts along with the other organisations serving at GPO. We upgraded to a weekly presence, trying to become known as #theSaturdayPeople.
See here a more detailed list of projects and timeline.
We follow Jesus’ method of approaching people in order to serve them better, demonstrating the love of God.