Merrimack Valley Dream Center

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Adopt-a-Block is the heartbeat of the Dream Center. Our Adopt-A-Block ministry will be reaching individuals and families of Greater Lawrence and Merrimack Valley. Our mission is to ?FIND A NEED AND FILL IT!? We will be meeting these needs of the community by cleaning up playgrounds, yards, mow lawns, cleanup graffiti, paint, food, clothes, home goods, landscape, BBQ?s in the summer, block parties, and activities for kids of all ages and whatever is needed most. Adopt-A-Block is centered around reaching, serving, and loving our communities. Doing the best with what God has given us. We welcome anyone who has a heart to see lives changed through the power of servant hood.

Bridge Ministry has had a consistent presence in Lawrence since December 2013, serving the homeless and disadvantaged, including many living on the streets or in shelters. Our teams are out walking every Saturday, regardless of the weather, to meet people where they are: on the streets, in parks and under bridges. We provide bagged lunches and essentials like socks, gloves, hats and personal care items. More importantly, we offer hope, guidance, encouragement, prayer and unconditional love to people who are struggling and hurting. We have built relationships with many individuals based on love and trust, and we have shared our own stories of life change. This builds the bridges needed to be able to engage those we serve in meaningful ways.

We Meet weekly at 9:30 am on Saturday?s at Pemberton State Park, Lawrence, MA 01840

505 Riverside Drive
Lawrence, MA 01841
Mission Statement: 

The Merrimack Valley Dream Center seeks to empower those that are under resourced by assisting them to connect to local agencies, build Community, relationships and seek the means to give them a ?hand up.. not a hand out? and to see the atmosphere of the entire community change.

Organizational Statement of Faith: 

WE BELIEVE?The Scriptures are Inspired by God and declare His design and plan for mankind.
WE BELIEVE?There is only One True God?revealed in three persons?Father, Son, and Holy Spirit (commonly known as the Trinity).
WE BELIEVE?In the Deity of the Lord Jesus Christ. As God?s son Jesus was both human and divine.
WE BELIEVE?though originally good, Man Willingly Fell to Sin?ushering evil and death, both physical and spiritual, into the world.
WE BELIEVE?Every Person Can Have Restored Fellowship with God Through ?Salvation? (trusting Christ, through faith and repentance, to be our personal Savior). [1 of 4 cardinal doctrines of the AG]
WE BELIEVE?and practice two ordinances?(1) Water Baptism by Immersion after repenting of one?s sins and receiving Christ?s gift of salvation, and (2) Holy Communion (the Lord?s Supper) as a symbolic remembrance of Christ?s suffering and death for our salvation.
WE BELIEVE?the Baptism in the Holy Spirit is a Special Experience Following Salvation that empowers believers for witnessing and effective service, just as it did in New Testament times. [1 of 4 cardinal doctrines of the AG]
WE BELIEVE? The Initial Physical Evidence of the Baptism in the Holy Spirit is ?Speaking in Tongues,? as experienced on the Day of Pentecost and referenced throughout Acts and the Epistles.
WE BELIEVE?Sanctification Initially Occurs at Salvation and is not only a declaration that a believer is holy, but also a progressive lifelong process of separating from evil as believers continually draw closer to God and become more Christlike.
WE BELIEVE?The Church has a Mission to seek and save all who are lost in sin. We believe ?the Church? is the Body of Christ and consists of the people who, throughout time, have accepted God?s offer of redemption (regardless of religious denomination) through the sacrificial death of His son Jesus Christ.
WE BELIEVE?A Divinely Called and Scripturally Ordained Leadership Ministry Serves the Church. The Bible teaches that each of us under leadership must commit ourselves to reach others for Christ, to worship Him with other believers, to build up or edify the body of believers?the Church and to Meet human need with ministries of love and compassion.
WE BELIEVE?Divine Healing of the Sick is a Privilege for Christians Today and is provided for in Christ?s atonement (His sacrificial death on the cross for our sins). [1 of 4 cardinal doctrines of the AG]
WE BELIEVE?in The Blessed Hope?When Jesus Raptures His Church Prior to His Return to Earth (the second coming). At this future moment in time all believers who have died will rise from their graves and will meet the Lord in the air, and Christians who are alive will be caught up with them, to be with the Lord forever. [1 of 4 cardinal doctrines of the AG]
WE BELIEVE?in The Millennial Reign of Christ when Jesus returns with His saints at His second coming and begins His benevolent rule over earth for 1,000 years. This millennial reign will bring the salvation of national Israel and the establishment of universal peace.
WE BELIEVE?A Final Judgment Will Take Place for those who have rejected Christ. They will be judged for their sin and consigned to eternal punishment in a punishing lake of fire.
WE BELIEVE?and look forward to the perfect New Heavens and a New Earth that Christ is preparing for all people, of all time, who have accepted Him. We will live and dwell with Him there forever following His millennial reign on Earth. ?And so shall we forever be with the Lord!?

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