COVID-19 and the response of our city, country, and world provides the church with multiple opportunities to serve and love our neighbors. We have the opportunity to be the hands and feet of Jesus in difficult times. We, of course, also want to be wise and continue to practice social distancing. These opportunities below allow us to serve others without gathering in large groups and provide physical distance between us. If you are ill or feel as though you need to stay in doors, please don’t volunteer. There are a few opportunities for those who wish to not leave their home at this time.
COVID-19 has changed everything, including Easter Outreach. Many local food pantries are not able to accommodate people coming to their location to pick up food. They need people who are willing to deliver groceries to those who shouldn’t be leaving their homes. So, we are now looking for volunteers to immediately help sort food (small group of 3-5) and deliver food to seniors in need (without face to face contact). Please sign up below and we will be in contact about next steps and potential opportunities.
Please be aware that the city of Philadelphia government has asked the churches to serve in this way. For more information about Easter Outreach and to volunteer go to www.easteroutreach.org.
SAFE FAMILIES FOR CHILDREN
You may vaguely remember a few months ago an announcement about a new partnership ministry being launched at our church called Safe Families For Children (SFFC) and an informational meeting where people could learn more about what it would look like to serve in this ministry. Unfortunately, due to Stay at Home orders our services and consequently the info meeting was canceled. So as an alternative we would like to provide you with information about SFFC and ways to learn how you can still get involved.
SFFC, a faith based organization, is a ministry that seeks to support vulnerable families in crisis while they get back on their feet so that children are safe and families stay intact. Through a local network of support from volunteers who serve these families in various ways, the heart of this ministry is to show biblical hospitality through local churches to families in their own community.
In order to give you a better idea of what this ministry is about, we encourage you to watch a few testimonials:
(Rosa’s Story) https://vimeo.com/327758981
- Most volunteer opportunities through SFFC require going through an online application process/training. If you would like to learn more about what being a volunteer with this organization entails, watch this Info Session Video (approx 1 hr long): https://vimeo.com/316299685.
- Due to the current situation with CoVid 19, there are many immediate and tangible needs (e.g. grocery drop offs, donations, etc.) we are looking for volunteers to help serve through non-contact means and that don’t require training/going through the application process.
- If you are interested in volunteering with SFFC, please fill out this google form: SFFC Form
For more information, you can check out the SFFC website at: https://safe-families.org/. If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to our SFFC Ministry Lead, Blessy Thomas (Blessy.S.Thomas@gmail.com)
BETHESDA PROJECT MEAL SPONSORSHIP
Since we are currently unable to physically volunteer to serve meals at Bethesda Project, our homeless ministry partner has requested food delivery sponsorship directly to the project site that houses about 20-25 men. If you would like to give towards the monthly meal delivery sponsorship or if you have any questions please contact Deacon Sung Park (firstname.lastname@example.org).