Missions & Outreach
To live out our faith in Jesus Christ by sharing his love with communities locally, regionally, nationally, and internationally.
As a church, St. John’s feels strongly led to take an active role in assisting those in need with our gifts of time and money. Our supports included efforts to address hunger, housing, health care, education, employment needs and disaster relief on the local, national, and international level. Our financial support is frequently linked with the voluntary and professional services of our members.
Ministering to the Local Community
Chester County Food Bank: The central hunger relief organization serving more than 120 partner agencies in Chester County, PA.
Great Valley Food Cupboard: Local food pantry providing fresh and nonperishable food to families in need in the Great Valley and TE School Districts.
The Common Place Food Give Away Program: A community-based organization that offers spiritual, educational and social programs for children and families within the Southwest Philadelphia area.
Papermill Food Hub: local organizations that purchases essential items such a food, for needing families living in Kensington.
Philabundance: Nonprofit food bank serving Philadelphia and the Delaware Valley.
Broad Street Ministry: Philadelphia Christian community dedicated to serving the spiritual and material needs of the homeless.
Coordinated Homeless Outreach Center (CHOC): is the only year-round, 24/7, emergency housing service for single adults experiencing homelessness in Montgomery County.
Dawn’s Place: Philadelphia shelter that works to improve the lives of women who have been rescued victims of commercial sexual exploitation.
Gemma Services: Facility in Plymouth meeting and Philadelphia providing child welfare and residential programs for children impacted by trauma.
Habitat For Humanity: Local chapter builds and repairs homes in partnership with families in need in the Philadelphia area.
Hayes Manor: Philadelphia area retirement home for low-income seniors.
HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES
Gemma Services: Facilities in Plymouth Meeting and Philadelphia providing education, child welfare and residential programs for children and teens impacted by trauma. We also purchased backpacks and supplies for students going back to school.
The Clinic: Phoenixville medical facility providing healthcare to individuals without health insurance for whatever fee such individuals can pay.
Young Lives: Christian organization providing teen moms with support groups for spiritual assistance, guidance, and encouragement.
Ryan’s Case For Smiles: Nonprofit helping children with serious illnesses cope and heal.
Cornerstone Christian Academy: Co-educational Christian School providing a full academic program for K-8th grades in an under-resourced neighborhood in southwest Philadelphia.
Baker Industries: Non-profit work program with facilities in Malvern and Philadelphia providing real work experience for hard-to-employ adults.
Berwyn Fire Company And Ambulance: Non-profit that provides fire suppression, rescue, EMS, and fire prevention services for the people in the Tredyffrin and Easttown Townships.
The Outreach committee has also led the following activities:
- Collected books, games, toys, arts/crafts to be distributed to children as part of the Great Valley Food Cupboard program.
- Purchases backpacks and school supplied for children as part of GEMMA services program.
- Grown vegetables in St John’s church’s garden to be donated to the Great Valley Food Cupboard.
- Prepare Hygiene Kits as part of the Church World Service projects
Ministering to the Worldwide Community
General Mission: to support the mission work of PC(USA) at the local, state, national and international level. St John’s supports our Mission Partners, Jed and Jenny Koball in Peru. Their mission is part of the initiative to address root causes of hunger in partnership with networks of churches and non-governmental organizations in countries with high poverty rates.
Disaster Relief: St John’s participates in the national church program for emergency disaster relief, hunger. St Johns also donates locally when disasters occur within our own communities
Church World Service: The Baby Bundles Sewing Group makes layettes for expectant mothers in poverty-stricken areas. Also, Hygiene Kit Assembly as St John’s Service Project to support the Church World Service’s national and global community service efforts
Rise Against Hunger: A hunger relief organization that uses volunteers to package nutritious, dehydrated meals that are distributed where needed in the USA and worldwide.
La Estación: A program providing meals and preschool education to children of a poor settlement in Cuernavaca, Mexico.
Haiti Health Promise Of Holy Name / Hôpital Sacré Coeur: Medical center providing both inpatient and outpatient healthcare to the sick and the poor in Haiti.