Local churches are combining faith and grassroots efforts to benefit people and neighborhoods in need.

Church and neighborhood association representatives will gather for FaithNet 2013 to talk about what they've already accomplished together, said the Rev. Jim Herbert, a member of the event's steering committee.

FaithNet will be held 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Yorktowne Hotel. The keynote speaker is the Right Rev. Nathan Baxter, bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Central Pennsylvania.

"(FaithNet) is a great way for the churches to come together and collectively reach the community," said Herbert, pastor of Emmanuel Christian Fellowship in Springettsbury Township. "Let's talk about what we're doing that seems to work, rather than just talking about problems."

FaithNet is an offshoot of the 2010 Pastor's Summit held by several city-based churches and ministry and community groups. Both the summit and FaithNet are derived from city Mayor Kim Bracey's "Faith Net" initiative, which includes exploring ways to get involved in community improvement efforts, to streamline services and to reduce poverty.

Accomplishments: Since FaithNet's start, several churches from around the county have teamed up with city-based neighborhood associations to hold health fairs, block parties and crime prevention activities and to work on community gardens, said Elder Tony Sease, co-pastor of New Covenant Community Church in the city.


He also is chairman of FaithNet's steering committee and president of the Black Ministers Association of York County, which is sponsoring the event with the mayor's office and local Doceo Office Solutions.

Sease and Herbert said they are excited about churches and community organizations getting together to hold Leading the Give, a FaithNet initiative that will be held from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 4, at Sovereign Bank Stadium at 5 Brooks Robinson Way in the city.

Leading the Give is presented by Bracey, the stadium, Central Pennsylvania Food Bank and several local community and faith-based organizations.

The free event includes food, youth games, employment assistance, health screenings and family entertainment.

"Leading the Give is an excellent opportunity for our faith-based and community organizations to exemplify the progress that can be made in our community when differences are placed aside and collaboration is embraced, to make changes in our community," Bracey said in a statement.

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FaithNet 2013 will be held 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Yorktowne Hotel, 48 E. Market St. in York City.

The free "Leading the Give" event is noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 4, at Sovereign Bank Stadium, 5 Brooks Robinson Way.

For FaithNet information, visit the event's website at www.yorkcity.org/news/a224/faithnet-2013

"Leading the Give" information also is available online at www.yorkcity.org/news/a225/leading-the-give.

--Reach Eyana Adah McMillan at emcmillan@yorkdispatch.com.