Church aims to refresh community with grant
Laura Moore, BR Editorial Aide
July 18, 2011

Church aims to refresh community with grant

Church aims to refresh community with grant
Laura Moore, BR Editorial Aide
July 18, 2011

Within a 10-mile radius in Middlesex, there is no playground

and no secure place that children can gather outdoors for play.

Seeking to meet this need for their town, Rocky

Cross Baptist Church

is in the race to win a 25,000 dollar grant from Pepsi.

The Pepsi Refresh Project is giving millions away to

projects that will “refresh our world.”

People must simply vote for the project that they want to

win. The top 15 projects in the 25,000 grant category will all receive a full


If voting continues to go well for Rocky Cross Baptist, they

will soon have a new playground and security fence for the entire community.

“God can really work if you have faith,” Melissa Fields said

as she praised Him for how He’s working in her community.

“Something that was just a dream is becoming a reality.

“We have people that have never really been involved at

church (before), but they’re working at this and getting excited about it.”

Some people from the community even go dumpster diving to

find more Pepsi bottle caps. The caps have a code inside that voters can use to

“power vote.”

A power vote is worth multiple votes. However, anyone can vote

for free with or without a Pepsi bottle.

Fields confirmed, “It has grown us as a church and

community.” And it really is a community-wide effort to raise the support for a

community playground. The local gas stations and restaurants have even gotten

involved by saving bottle caps to give to the effort.

“It’s such a blessing to see everyone coming together and

unite,” she said.

Not only has the Pepsi Refresh project built unity within

the Rocky Cross Baptist community and their entire town, but it has helped many

people to visit the church for the first time.

Voting for the grant ends July 31. Visit

refresheverything.com/rockycrossplayground to see their video and vote.

As this is an ongoing project for Pepsi, there are still

many chances to submit your own idea for a project grant.

There is a new contest each month through December. The last

submissions will be accepted Nov. 1-5. Visit refresheverything.com for more

information on how to enter. Grants are offered for $5-, $10-, $25- and

$50-thousand dollars.

To celebrate and thank the community, Rocky Cross Baptist

plans to throw a fall festival after the construction. Whether they win or

lose, the church still plans on going forward with the project, albeit on a

smaller scale. They also want it to be handicap accessible, which is an extra


Project submissions for a grant are selected by Pepsi to be

in the contest.

Then, people vote on the different projects, and voting

lasts for the month.