Jacob’s Well is a very unique United Methodist congregation. It is marked by a remarkable racial, economic, and cultural diversity, and especially over the past year, it has continued to grow in the gospel as the community has overcome the personal and social obstacles of racism, addiction, and poverty.
It has been a privilege for Christ Church to partner with Jacob’s Well as they celebrate their fifth anniversary being such an important part of the body of Christ in our city.
In their recent newsletter, they have included just a sampling of stories of lives experiencing God’s grace and newness over the past year:
Drew lived on the streets of Summer Ave. when folks from Jacob’s Well met him through their homeless outreach, Compassion Party on the Road. Being the intelligent, kind, winsome individual he was, it wasn’t difficult to love, pray, and hope for a brighter future for our friend. By God’s grace, it was his friends from Jacob’s Well that Drew called when he hit bottom and was ready to get help this summer. Drew was accepted into the the program at the Warriors Center where he has been growing in discipleship, recovery, and job-readiness ever since. Today he is worshiping with Jacob’s Well, being mentored by one of its leaders, and serving on CPR offering hope to others.
Jackie is a hardworking mom who does the best she can with what she has been given. But life hasn’t been easy caring for a daughter with epilepsy. Yet thanks to God and the Kids Community of Jacob’s Well, Aliyah and her mother have peace in the midst of uncertainty and ongoing treatment.
Alan and Emily went to Jacob’s Well to help but soon connected with the community and ignited on fire to become a vital part of the church’s core. As they saw reconciliation and unconditional love at work they grew in their love for God and neighbor. This overflowing love led to a journey of adoption that brought to the church community the precious little man Titus. They had the privilege of baptizing him into the fellowship of Jacob’s Well this year and have experienced the joy of his contagious smile and chubby cheeks.
The Saturday night worship service is a Drug Court approved meeting which joy brings many through the doors who are in recovery and have no affiliation with church. Genevieve was introduced to the church in this way and shares how she couldn’t hold back the tears the first few times in worship as she felt the overwhelming love in the room. She found Jesus and has been abounding with the joy of the Lord in all she does. Recently she moved into the Uptown neighborhood where Jacob’s Well meets and shares her smile as she greets newcomers to the Well and helps get them connected to community and Jesus through their ministries.
There is already a Ministry Initiative Team made up of members of Christ Church who are engaged in service at Jacob’s Well. Helping donate, prepare, or distribute Wednesday night meals for people without homes at Compassion Party on the Road, or just coming to Saturday night worship are great ways to discover ways to become a part of what’s happening. Contact Nathan Brasfield in Local Serving & Outreach and he will help get you connected.
Jacob’s Well also extends to us during this season the special invitation to participate in serving and sharing in the Christmas Community Meal on Saturday, Dec. 26 at 4:00-6:00 pm.
They are also in great need of hams, turkeys, side dishes, and other items. See the list of needs at cumcmemphis.org/getgoing.
Let Nathan know if you are planning to either help provide parts of the meal, or if you would like to help serve.