Sidewalk Sunday School
Welcome to the Sidewalk Ministries web page for the Desert Southwest Conference. I am happy that you have decided to learn more about the exciting methodology of street evangelism, originated by Rev. Bill Wilson of Metro Ministries.
The Sidewalk Ministry focuses on teaching urban children and their families the basic fundamentals of Christianity: teaching empowerment through Christ to turn away from the negative community cycles that face them, and to turn their hearts, minds and actions toward a lifestyle that contains promise and Hope for the future.
The Sidewalk Ministry in its ideal model uses a box truck (ie. 14' U-Haul, Pensky, Ryder etc), converted to be a portable platform church. The truck contains its own sound system, cupboards and counters for storage and work space, and everything needed to hold a resounding worship service on the streets. Our volunteers travel to the same site(s) each week, spreading the Good News of the Risen Lord. Our mission is to help the unchurched children, youth, gang members, homeless people, family members and anyone else, hear that there is Someone who loves them, who wants and desires a personal relationship with them, who considers them God's most precious child. Our street worship is for those who have yet to hear, those who have already heard, and for those who need to hear again, the Name and Love of Jesus Christ.
This high energy weekly ministry includes music, drama, Bible object lessons and stories, games, prizes, prayers, promotions and more! Each exciting minute is packed with innovative ministry approaches for communicating the one central weekly Biblical theme.
But Sidewalk doesn't stop at the worship service! All children and families are visited each week by their own personal visitation team. This is where the real relationships of Sidewalk are built. This is also where we learn of extended ministry opportunities. What is the need particular to the site? (Note: needs differ site to site - even within the same city.) Churches may elect to meet the needs learned through the visitation routes; an example might be the need for food, so the church begins a food pantry ministry. Many times our churches have responded to the community needs, but also have become 'experts' in networking - knowing what services already exist, and how to put our families in touch with those services.
Also critical to our ministry is prayer. We take prayer requests from our faith community each week, and the site's prayer team prays daily over those requests. We have literally hundreds of people involved on our site prayer teams. This component team also includes people who are homebound and disabled so that they too may be involved in their own vital ministry again. We also have an international prayer team, which includes Sidewalk prayer warriors from across the United States, Africa, Japan, Hungary and France. If you would like to be on this email prayer team, just contact me: firstname.lastname@example.org. The emails seem to come in groups, but are fairly infrequent. The international team is reserved for requests that come in regarding serious illness, death, and Sidewalk expansion or site requests. We, together, are in community.
So........excited? Want to know more?
Great! First read through the information on the "Getting Started" page (linked below). Please know I am here to serve you. The vision for the ministry is:
"That every United Methodist Church under gird the Sidewalk Ministry, either through prayer, financial support, or through active ministry."
This is the dream. I pray that you will help make the dream a reality.
Billie K. Fidlin