PELL CITY, Ala. (BP) – Like many churches across the U.S., Cropwell Baptist Church hosted thousands of voters on election day as a polling location. The church used the opportunity to be a blessing to its community.
This was the church’s first year to be a polling place, said Jon Glass, Cropwell’s senior pastor.
Just before Glass was called as pastor nearly two years ago, the church voted to become a polling location. There was a need for a larger voting site in their precinct, and the vast majority of church members were excited about the opportunity to serve their community, Glass said.
They came up with some creative ways to serve the people who would come through their doors.
“I said, look, we’re going to have thousands of people come to our facility. Let’s be a blessing however we can,” he said.
Church volunteers handed out bottles of water to voters waiting in line. A church member offered his golf cart to transport people with mobility difficulties so they would not have to stand in the line. And they ordered pizzas for dinner for the poll workers.
The volunteers wore shirts with the church’s name and mission statement and were instructed not to campaign in any way. Their reception has been positive, Glass said.
They also set out copies of the New Testament with a Gospel tract inside on a table for voters to take home if they chose.
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Source: Baptist Press