Compassion Day: Reflecting on Years of Service in Lakeland

On a warm Spring morning in 2018, Arnetha Sirmon watched as volunteers painted her house – something that she had needed for a long time. Nearby, her neighbor Johnnie Bowden received lunch from volunteers, which she said is a welcome help for the elderly residents of her community.

For the better part of an afternoon, volunteers of all ages and backgrounds cleaned, painted, repaired, served food, and prayed with the residents of the under-served community surrounding North Lake Wire in Lakeland, Florida.

This gathering is one of several that has taken place over the last three years, as All Saints’ has sought to serve our community by focusing on potential partnerships and meaningful opportunities to put our Christian faith into action.

Led by Deacon Bob Johnson and the Outreach Committee, Compassion Day at All Saints’ seeks to improve our community through service and ministry. By partnering with the Lakeland Police Department’s Gang Task Force, the Dream Center, and other service-oriented organizations such as Southeastern University and local church congregations, we’ve been able to make a powerful impact here in Lakeland.

Looking back on our impact

We’ve put together a roundup of our favorite highlights from our Compassion Day events. Here are just a few of the media features and stories that we’ve been able to take part in over the last two years. Click on the entries to read more:

How you can serve

We are eagerly preparing for our next Compassion Day, which will take place on September 28th from 9am – 12pm. We welcome volunteers of all ages and abilities to come and serve with us. There are a variety of tasks that you can choose from, including serving lunch, praying with and distributing food to community members, yard work, home maintenance, and more. To register and indicate a preferred assignment, please sign up by September 15th. Please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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