A local church is putting the word "service" back in Sundays. 

Members of Redemption to the Nations Church spent Sunday morning at Miller Park handing out bags full of essential items to the homeless in our area. 

"We have these "hope bags" today just to show some hope to our community," said Lead Pastor Kevin Wallace.

For Lead Pastor Kevin Wallace, serving the community means showing the community. 

"That's what today was about. Not just coming to talk about the church, but talk about the goodness of God and the love of God. Not only talking about it, but also to showing our community that He loves them too," he explained.

This Sunday he and other members of the church spent the afternoon after service trying to spread "hope" in the form of bags. 

"They're called "hope bags" and our church family put them together for the homeless and the less fortunate in our community," Wallace told Channel 3.

Church members packed hundreds of bags with essential supplies, toiletries and other necessities for people in need. 

"We had over 200 "hope bags" to distribute. We made 1,000 but we're going to give them out at different times through out the year," the pastor continued.

Wallace says it's their way of sending a message to Chattanoogans who've fallen on hard times. 

"There's a place that'll pray for you, there's a place that'll love you and there's a place that'll also do what they can in action to help you know that we're here to help anyway we can," he said.

Wallace says this is the first year they did this event. 

If you're interested in donating, you don't have to be a member of the church.  You can drop any clothing, personal hygiene items or other needed supplies to the church's "share department". 

The main campus is located in downtown Chattanooga.