Four local churches are participating in an annual service project in early May.
Oak Hill Fellowship, Victory Church in Quarryville, Providence Church, and Rivers of Life Fellowship in Refton are taking part in Go Beyond's annual outreach program.
Started by Harvest Bible Chapel, Go Beyond is now an independent non-profit.
Oak Hill Fellowship, which now shares Zion United Church of Christ's building, has been participating in community service projects for years.
Before it joined the Go Beyond program, Oak Hill held what its pastor calls an in and out Sunday.
"We basically cleared out the pews and went out into the community to work," Pastor Ben Miller said.
In recent years, the local congregation has joined other churches in Lancaster County's Go Beyond program. This year, more than 30 churches in the county will participate.
In the Southern End, the week will begin with a prayer walk through the borough on Saturday, May 4. The walk will begin at Quarryville's Huffnagle Park, go to the Solid Rock youth ministry on E. State St., and then head north on Hess St. to the Southern End Community Association. From there, the walk will go west on 4th St. and then back to Huffnagle. Walkers will stop to pray for different aspects of the community at various locations.
Each church will have its own service project during the week. At Oak Hill, members will be making blankets for foster children. A representative from COBYS, a youth services group, will come to the church to talk about why the blankets are important to the foster care program.
Other projects during the week include a diaper drive for Cornerstone Pregnancy Service. The service especially needs size four to six diapers. Collection points are in the participating churches as well as at The Daily Grind on 4th St. in Quarryville.
Go Beyond is also gathering used shoes for international ministries. The shoes must be in good condition, with no holes and with soles attached.
"On May 11 is the big push," Pastor Miller said. "That will be our cleanup day."
There will be work crews in three areas - Lancaster City, Myerstown, and Quarryville.
Volunteers for the Quarryville projects will meet at Huffnagle Park at 9 a.m. From there, they will spread out through the community.
Among the projects, volunteers will be mulching plants in the park, working on landscaping in Oak Bottom Village, and cleaning out the former scout cabins on the SECA property.
"Anyone is welcome to help," Pastor Miller said. "People just have to show up in old clothes, and with work gloves and lawn tools."
Following a morning of work, the churches will provide a free lunch at the upper ballfield of Quarryville's Legion Park.
After lunch, there will be activities for all family members at the park. The activities will include games, a bounce house, and laser tag.
"We're doing that for the community," Pastor Miller said. "Go Beyond's goal is to invite people to join in."