Mel Tuck Introduces Bike Ministry
In 1998 a small group of men from Grace church began repairing donated bicycles to provide them to needy children and adults. This ministry is continuing and as of the end of 2013 we have donated 1700 bikes. The bikes we repair are donated by church members and others familiar with this ministry. The bikes are usually in a range of disrepair – most need new tires and tubes, but some may need chains, seats, handlebars, shifters and reflectors as well as general clean up and lubrication. The costs for the needed parts are provided by the church budget and by donations from a variety of sources. When this ministry began, many of the bikes were donated to the migrant worker community in Dade City. However, with the recent depressed economy, there is a great need for these bikes in Spring Hill and the Hernando county area. Most of the adult bikes go to People Helping People, a muliti-denominational organization serving local homeless people, many of the children’s bikes go to Bay Care, a center for working with children having behavioral problems, and others go to people identified by church members. Anyone needing one of these bikes can be considered by contacting the church office at 352-683-2082. The bike ministry currently operates in the church garage on Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 9 am to noon. Usually from mid October to mid May – the cooler months of the year.