An Albany church is taking time out to give back to the community.
Instead of hosting church services Sunday they're helping out a non-profit group called Strive2Thrive.
More than 40 members at Lifegate Church are getting dirt on their clothes... for a good cause.
"We feel like it's important for us to take a missional mindset that we're on mission, his mission 24/7," said Cory Wise, Pastor.
Every 5th Sunday the church closes its doors to do community service work with a charitable organization. Today they're helping Strive2Thrive.
Ben Barrow- Strive2Thrive Chairman of the Board/ Member of Lifegate Church
" Strive2Thrive is a community effort to try to give folks a hand up rather than a hand out to come out of poverty."
People of all ages brought their hammers and shoveled dirt at the Strive2Thrive Community Vegetable Garden.
"We're building raised gardens and we've got 14 different plots out here," said Ben Barrow.
The church has worked with a number of organizations in the community.
"We've adopted a mobile home park and some of the things that we do out there. We've worked with family literacy connection, We've worked with Lily Pad, said Pastor Wise.
Pastor Cory Wise says his members find this day of service to be very rewarding.
"I just had an individual come over to me and he said you know this feels so lifegiving. This is something I love to do," said Pastor Wise.
"We take our faith and our belief and we try to put it in action," said Barrow.