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Community Engagement

Shades exists for more than can be accomplished within the church building walls. God has called us to "seek the welfare of the city." (Jer. 29:7) 

Supporting Institutions

Shades has a number of Community Engagement Teams that are actively serving community institutions and groups of people. Below are some of the teams that you can serve with today.
  • HEALTHCARE ADVOCATE TEAM

    Team members don't provide healthcare but help others navigate issues like: insurance benefits, following the course to recovery, assistance in making doctor's appointments, and more.

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  • FIRST RESPONDERS TEAM

    This teams serves our local police and fire departments. 

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  • SHADES HOST TEAM

    This team serves the thousands of people that come on our church campus for community events such as band concerts, graduations, and education competitions.

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  • COMMUNITY EVENT TEAM

    There are community gatherings and festivals happening all across our region. This team will use our "Shades Booth" as a point to interact with people, handout giveaways, and engage others in conversation about our church and our Savior.

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  • PRAYER WALKING TEAM

    This team prayer walks the streets and major centers of our community.

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  • VESTAVIA HILLS ELEMENTARY EAST TEAM

    These teams will serve Vestavia East Elementary and Shades Mountain Elementary. Teams will serve the faculty and staff of these schools through service projects, office assistance, bringing teachers baked goods, and more!

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  • SHADES MOUNTAIN ELEMENTARY TEAM

    These teams will serve Vestavia East Elementary and Shades Mountain Elementary. Teams will serve the faculty and staff of these schools through service projects, office assistance, bringing teachers baked goods, and more!

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Starting New Works

There are many corners of our community where the majority of people are unchurched. In these places, we are actively pursuing the start of new works to reach people for Jesus Christ and grow them to mature disciples. We are praying for opportunities to revitalize churches that are struggling. We are prayerfully considering potential places to plant new churches. These are exciting new works that have the potential to impact our community for generations to come.

Interested in being a part of a new work in your community? Email Steve Browning, Minster of Community Engagement.

If you want to volunteer in this ministry but aren't sure where to begin, current volunteer opportunities are one button away.

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