United Baptist Church committed to ‘Love Tiffin’

United Baptist Church of Tiffin is committed to loving God and loving neighbors and wants to initiate that more directly with events this year, according to the pastor.

Lead Pastor Jesse Caro said after working in ministry in California and West Virginia, he and his family were called here four years ago to serve in Tiffin.

“I wanted something different in a different space,” Caro said.

Caro said throughout the summer, the church — with the tag-line “Love Tiffin” — works on outreach during the Seneca County Farmers’ Markets and now wants to continue to serve the community, “but more directly and more intentional.”

“United Baptist Church was always a traditional church, but we now want to be more contemporary for families and young people to merge the generations,” Caro said. “We want to let the community know we are here for them.”

To do so, Caro said, the church is hosting many community based events this year to further their outreach.

Later this month, Caro said they are hosting the event, “The Church has Left the Building,” when congregants will be delivering doughnuts to those working in area nursing homes, police and fire departments and hospitals.

“These people dedicate their lives to serve others and are working during church hours,” Caro said. “We want to change that and serve them.”

Later this year, Caro said, the church again will have a mission trip scheduled to Honduras for teens and adults to serve with members of a church there. The trip is scheduled for July.

Again, there vacation Bible school is to take place June 18-22.

For the community, Caro said the church has scheduled another block party for Aug. 5 for families to enjoy before the start of school. The event is to include inflatables and food.

As always, the church participates in the city’s trick-or-treat event, but Caro said they want to do it “bigger and better” this year with a car show. Also returning is the handing out of popcorn during the Fourth of July event, but this year the church also plans to distribute snow cones to passers-by heading to Hedges-Boyer Park.

“We are just trying to find new and fun ways to serve the community,” Caro said. “We are not the only church, but a church that is here for the community, serving people, for people.”