A lot of people would think it's no big deal.
Not too long ago, God's House of Worship — a storefront, non-denominational church on Dorchester Road — took a bus load of neighborhood kids to James Island County Park for the day.
"These kids never go anywhere," says the Rev. Alfonso Riley. "It's a regular thing for some folks, but it was the highlight of their lives."
You see, these kids live in Dorchester-Waylyn. Most of the time, Riley says, when you hear about the neighborhood, "it's something bad."
Every day, kids here see drug dealers roaming the street, hear tales of cab drivers robbed, convenience store shoot-outs, high-speed chases. Now and then, someone they know is murdered right there in the neighborhood, which is near Interstate 26.
God's House of Worship is trying to show them that they don't have to end up the same way.
"You don't have to go down the road to destruction," Riley says. "You don't have to be stereotyped."
The church usually puts on one big outreach event every few months. Saturday, it is hosting a free concert at the Garrett Academy football field, bringing in Grammy-nominated gospel rapper Da' Truth.
But this is not about music. Everyone who goes will get a little religion. Riley says he never wastes a chance to spread his message. He knows it might be the only chance he gets to save someone's life.
Whatever you need
The concert was the idea of the Rev. Timothy Walker, the church's youth minister. Walker takes his job seriously, sits in on classes at local schools, visits kids at home. Sometimes he takes in kids to spend the weekend with his family, the only opportunity some children have to see a "normal" home life.
"We've got a few kids struggling in school, we've got some struggling at home," Walker says.
That is the whole idea behind God's House of Worship. Riley says they want to take the gospel outside the four walls of the church. And they don't stick to strictly religious teachings either. The church has hosted GED classes, offered health screenings and puts on a festival as an alternative to Halloween.
"We're about like the Peace Corps," Riley jokes. "We just try to address everyday concerns."
Walking the walk
The church has spent months raising money for Saturday's event, and members have high hopes that they'll pack the stadium. If you're interested, the gates open at 6 p.m. and the show starts at 7.
More amazing than any show you'll see, however, is the work these people do.
Consider their typical Sunday service. Now and then people show up out of nowhere, smelling of alcohol or acting strung out. The church feeds them, gives them clothes — whatever they need.
Sometimes these people come back, sometimes they don't; either way, it's all right. Riley says the church tries to adhere to the concept of "you are your brother's keeper."
"We're not the fanciest place in town, but we're trying to make a difference," Riley says.
No, they may not have the biggest church in town, but the folks at God's House of Worship could teach some of those mouthy, holier-than-thou types a lot about Christian charity.