What is Hands & Feet?
Hands & Feet is a new initiative to highlight and strengthen local and national efforts by the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) to facilitate change and communicate God’s love. The project builds upon the grassroots, community work congregations, mid councils, and the national office are already doing; and dovetails with the biennial General Assembly gathering. Work already is underway via Hands & Feet and the Presbytery of Giddings-Lovejoy to engage with mission and ministry projects on the ground in St. Louis, Missouri, site of the 223rd General Assembly (2018) scheduled for June 16–23, 2018.
A Vision Realized: Rev. J. Herbert Nelson, II first shared his vision that would soon become the building blocks for Hands & Feet at the 222nd General Assembly (2016), Portland, Oregon. At the time, Nelson was standing for Stated Clerk of the General Assembly with a fellow candidate, engaging in a question and answer session with General Assembly commissioners and advisory delegates.
The Journey Begins in St. Louis: On November 28, 2016, the Office of the General Assembly hosted a collection of community gatherings in St. Louis at Third Presbyterian Church with local pastors, elders, youth ministers and Christian educators to envision the efforts leading up to the 223rd General Assembly (2018).
Blazing the Trail: The Stated Clerk’s first introduction of Hands & Feet at the 2017 College Conference in Montreal, NC was not a happy accident. He knows that students and young adults will be crucial to the Hands & Feet initiative’s success and the vitality of the denomination.
“Young people, millennial, we can’t do it without you.” Rev. J. Herbert Nelson, II
“The church is not dying. We are reforming because we are here.”