You don’t want to miss Love Madison this year so save the date for MAY 4, 2014! To learn more about Love Madison, check out the FAQ’s below.
What is Love Madison?
Each year, Blackhawk chooses one Sunday in the spring, cancels our regular church services and instead asks everyone who attends Blackhawk to sign up to serve in our community instead.
Why are we doing this?
Throughout the year, people from Blackhawk Church are serving all over our community, but on Sunday, May 4, we’ll engage more than 1,500 Blackhawkers in projects all over the Madison area. We want to offer our worship to God not only through the songs we sing together on Sundays, but also through the way we serve the people of our community.
What kind of projects are available?
All sorts! From organizing food pantries to pulling garlic mustard and cleaning up city streets, there’s something for everyone. Project sites are located all over the greater Madison area.
What projects qualify to be in the “Family Friendly” category?
Just for the purposes of categorizing projects, those that allow participants that are elementary ages and up qualify as “Family Friendly.”
How do I sign up?
You can sign up online beginning Sunday, March 30. The last day to sign up for Love Madison is Monday, April 21.
Should I sign up my kids for Family Friendly projects?
If your kids are old enough to contribute to the productivity of the project, sign them up individually. If not, still bring them (assuming they meet the minimum age requirement) but don’t sign them up. When your captain emails you, let him or her know how many kids are coming with you.
My family wants to serve together; can we sign up as one big group, or do we need to enter each person individually?
Great question! Children under the age of 6 do not need to be entered, but we do need every other person to enter in their information for registration.
What about kids? Can we bring them along?
Yes! Each online project description lists the ages of those who are able to serve at any given site. Kids can make a great addition to the serving team, provided the projects match their maturity and skills. As a Life Group, you may decide to designate someone to stay with very young children, so everyone else can be free to serve. There is no childcare available at Blackhawk.
Is this only for those who call Blackhawk Church home or can I invite my friends to come?
Anyone is welcome! We encourage you to invite neighbors, friends, and co-workers to join you in these community service projects. For an accurate count, please make sure they register online as well.
After I’ve signed up, what happens?
After sign-ups close, you will get an e-mail from the project captain with details on when to meet, where to park, what to bring, etc. You can expect this email by April 28.
What happens if the registration becomes full and I haven’t signed up my entire family/life group yet?
Unfortunately once a project is full, we are not able to accommodate any more volunteers for that project. We suggest signing up for a different project that strikes you as interesting and take the opportunity to get to know some new friendly faces!
If, while you are entering the names of your family, the registration closes, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. We can take you off the project you have currently signed up for and direct you towards a project that still needs to be filled.
How will I know who to look for when I arrive at my site?
Project captains will provide instructions on where to meet, whom to look for, etc. You should expect to receive all site information from your project captain by April 29.
What happens if I have a family emergency and can’t make it?
In case of a family emergency, please contact your project captain.
What if there is bad weather on May 4?
If the weather is extremely unfriendly, (tornado, flash floods, or the like) go blackhawkchurch.org for instructions. There is no rain date for Love Madison, so pray for good weather!
Are we on our own for lunch or will it be provided?
Because many of the volunteer shifts are between 9-12 and 1-4, we encourage you to eat lunch before or after your shift. We will not provide lunch.
Do we need to provide any tools or supplies for these projects?
It depends on the project. Your project captain will let you know if and/or what tools or supplies will be needed for your project.
I don’t have access to a car. Can I get a ride?
Please let your project captain know if you think transportation will be an issue. He or she will help you troubleshoot how to get to the site and back.
For any questions not answered here, please e-mail email@example.com or call the church office at 608.828.4200.