FAQs & Details

Homeless Church is the name of the event being hosted by Liquid Church in partnership with New York City Relief on Saturday, May 4th – Sunday, May 5th. We are sleeping outside to raise awareness and funds for the homeless in New Jersey.

For each person who sleeps out overnight in our cardboard city, Liquid will donate $30 to the ministry of New York City Relief. That $30 will provide some critical resources– 4 meals, 2 hygiene kits, and 1 metro card– to a brother or sister living on the streets.

We’ll conclude with breakfast and a special service at Liquid Church. We’re sleeping outside in two locations – Parsippany & Sayreville. All are welcome to register and participate, though the event is recommended for adults and children ages 13+. Anyone under 18 must have a parent or guardian present at the event to participate.

First – you’re building awareness. We want our neighbors, friends, and family to know that homelessness is on the increase in New Jersey. Why? Because knowledge sparks action! More families, teens, and veterans are finding themselves without basic shelter and security and it’s not enough to sympathize – we must take action!

Second – you’re raising funds for our amazing ministry partner New York City Relief, which is celebrating its 30th Anniversary of transforming lives by providing hope, resources, and individualized care to homeless friends living on the street. For each person who sleeps out overnight in our cardboard city, Liquid Church will make a $30 donation to New York City Relief. Your $30 gives NYCR the ability to provide an individual on the street with 4 servings of food & drink, 2 hygiene kits, and 1 metro card!

We are gathering in two locations on Saturday, May 4th @ 6:00pm

  1. Liquid Church’s Morris County Campus: 299 Webro Road, Parsippany, NJ 07054
  2. Liquid Church’s Middlesex County Campus: Sayreville War Memorial High School, 820 Washington Road, Parlin, NJ 08859

After completing the sleep out experience, participants will head indoors at 6am on Sunday, May 5th for a warm breakfast and our special Sunrise Service. The event wraps at 8am.

You are! If you would like to join Liquid Church and New York City Relief in raising awareness and funds for the homeless in NJ… please register to join us!

Please note that all participants must register in advance, and as part of the registration process, complete a background check. All are welcome to register and participate, though the event is recommended for adults and children ages 13+. This is a family-friendly event – however, it is not an event where children can simply be dropped off to participate.Anyone under 18 must have a parent or guardian present at the event to participate. Additionally, parents must complete a consent form for any children under 18 who participates – This is to ensure the safety of all our participants! Click here to begin the registration process.

Yes. We believe parents need to make the decision that is best for them and their children regarding participation. If parents wish for their children to take part in our event, they must first register their children and then print and sign a consent form to be turned in during the event check-in process on Saturday, May 4th. Click here to begin the registration process.

Yes. There are no exceptions! All participants must register in advance, and as part of the registration process, complete a background check. That’s why each individual participant must fill our their own registration form.

Registration forms must also be filled out for children under 18 and parents must then print and sign a consent form to be turned in during the event check-in process on Saturday, May 4th. Click here to begin the registration process.

All participants at both our Parsippany and Sayreville locations are sleeping outdoors in the parking lot. Liquid Church will provide each person with 1 cardboard box and 1 garbage bag to create a shelter.

Participants are welcome to arrive prepared with warm clothing, a sleeping pad, and/or sleeping bag and blankets. Remember – we’re not camping! This isn’t the time to shop and splurge at REI… consider what would be reasonable items to bring for this experience.

Participants are welcome to bring their cell phone (for emergencies and guided social media posts), as well as warm clothing for the night, a sleeping pad, and/or sleeping bag and blankets. Please remember that we’re not camping and consider what would be reasonable items to bring for this experience.

Participants should not bring any of the following to our Homeless Church experience: computers, tablets, battery operated space heaters, tents, & extra food and drink (unless medically necessary). Resist the urge to bring items designed to make the experience more comfortable!

Saturday, May 4th:

  • 6:00pm – All participants arrive & check-in
  • 6:15pm – All participants attend a required orientation
  • 6:45pm – All participants set-up their sleeping space for the evening
  • 7:30pm – 9:30pm – New York City Relief Bus serves soup, bread, and hot cocoa. Join others in community around the bus for conversation & prayer.
  • 9:30pm – 12:00am – Free time. Read our devotional and journal, socialize with friends, join others in prayer.

Sunday, May 5th:

  • 12:00am – 5:30am – Lights out
  • 5:30am – Cleanup your sleeping space
  • 6:00am – 7:00am – Enjoy a hot breakfast indoors
  • 7:00am – 8:00am – Attend our Sunrise Service with a message from special guest speaker, Juan Galloway, President & CEO of New York City Relief
  • 8:00am – Return home. Thanks for your participation!

Yes. This is an experience to attempt to understand, in some small way, the challenges of being homeless. Therefore, we’ll move forward rain or shine. In the event of rain, the garbage bag provided by Liquid Church can be draped over cardboard boxes to help stay dry. Additionally, if rain is in the forecast, you’re welcome to bring a tarp to drape over your box for added protection.

No. Roughly between the hours of 7pm and 6am there will be no building access. Bathrooms, food, prayer, and community will all be available outdoors!

All Homeless Church participants will take part in an orientation immediately following check-in. Orientation will end around 6:30pm with a “last call” to use our indoor bathroom facilities. Afterward, all participants will have access to Porta-Potties located outdoors. The buildings will reopen at 6:00am.

The Relief Bus will provide 1 serving of soup, bread, and hot cocoa to each participant during the hours of 7:30pm-9:30pm. Then, at 6:00am, after completing the sleep out experience, we’ll serve a warm breakfast indoors. We ask that participants don’t bring or eat outside food unless medically necessary.

We’re encouraging all participants to limit cell phone use to emergencies and guided social media posting (see next question). Guests should resist the urge to make the experience inauthentic by texting friends, watching Netflix or scrolling through your Instagram feed!

Since one of our key goals is raising awareness about the homeless problem in New Jersey, we’re encouraging participants to post to social media… with some caveats. We want to make sure all our posts honor our brothers and sisters living on the streets – we want to avoid being insensitive or trivializing their struggle. To that end – we’ll be providing direction on “social media do’s” and “social media don’ts” during our event orientation.

Staff from Liquid Church and New York City Relief will be on hand to support you! We’d be honored to hear your prayer request and pray with you during the event.

Absolutely! Everyone is welcome to join us for Homeless Church. Remember that the more people who participate – the greater the donation Liquid Church will make to the life-changing ministry of New York City Relief.

  • You sleep outside = $30 donation
  • You gather your family of 4 to participate = $120 donation
  • You bring your Liquid small group of 10 to participate = $300 donation
  • You invite the entire neighborhood = $1,000+ donation

If you require a service dog to be with you at the Homeless Church event, we would welcome you to bring your pet. We recognize that dogs are some of the closet companions to those living on the streets, however for this event we ask that you leave your dogs or other pets at home for the evening.

Yes! New York City Relief is a mobile outreach to the homeless that consistently goes to the same five locations, eight times a week. You can contributed by signing up to serve with the Relief Bus this Spring. Click here to learn more!

Following our sleep out on Sunday morning, May 5th, we’ll head indoors for a warm breakfast and a special 60-minute Sunrise Service just for our Homeless Church participants. You can expect vibrant worship and a powerful message from our guest speaker, Juan Galloway, President & CEO of New York City Relief.

Feel free to reach out to Liquid Church and a member of our staff will be happy to answer your question. Simply email us at [email protected]

Liquid Church is one of New Jersey’s fastest-growing Christian churches. Officially launched in 2007 by Lead Pastor Tim Lucas, the church’s vision and mission is to “Saturate the State with the Gospel of Jesus Christ,” with 6 campuses in Essex, Middlesex, Morris, Somerset, and Union Counties. Each week, more than 4,500 people experience Liquid Church’s worship services in New Jersey and around the globe through Church Online. As part of its global outreach, Liquid provides clean drinking water to the poorest of the poor, with dozens of completed wells in several countries including El Salvador and Nicaragua – and most recently, Rwanda! Liquid Church’s innovative approaches to outreach and ministry have been spotlighted by CNN, Fox News and The Today Show. www.LiquidChurch.com.

Founded in 1989, New York City Relief has mobilized thousands of volunteers to compassionately serve those struggling with homelessness by providing hope & resources that lead towards life transformation. New York City Relief has two outreach models:

RELIEF BUS:
Our Relief Buses are mobile care centers where we serve homemade soup & bread, distribute hygiene kits, host Life Care Visits, and pray for the needs of our friends on the street.

RELIEF CO-OP:
This is a partnership with other nonprofits providing direct services. With this model, we go to locations where the homeless population is already congregating. We hold Life Care Visits while guests wait for immediate services.

Ultimately, Life Care Visits are why we do what we do. In these 1-on-1 meetings, our team creates individualized action plans. We provide hope — by listening, encouraging and praying with our friends who are struggling — and then we provide resources — by connecting guests to emergency shelters, job programs, detox or drug rehabilitation. Click here to learn more about New York City Relief.