Details: Several members mentor students in the local elementary school and several others tutor in an after school program. We are involved with Interfaith Housing, ministering to homeless families in May. We also assembled transition kits as our VBS project this year. We hosted a PA Dutch dinner and youth band concerts as well as monthly meetings of the Bux-Mont Peace Coalition. We have begun offering fourth Wednesdays (typically our meeting night) as an opportunity for members to offer some kind of activity. We have watched a film, traveled to Sight and Sound, learned about the situation in Israel/Palestine, and prayed together. We plan to host the second annual Ambler area CROP walk. We had a joint Ash Wednesday service with a local Lutheran congregation. A group hoping to bring a food co-op to town meets here weekly.
Details: We have a preschool, not a child care center, and both community and church families use it.
Bally Community Center serves elementary thru high school age, depending on the night.
The garden is used by a number of people in the wider community.
Details: Lead ecumenical worship services at ski resort & lead worship services at two nursing homes (not church related)
Details: Following Vacation Bible School week, we invite community families to join us for worship which includes a Bible School program and fellowship time following the service. The families are also invited to attend future events such as the fall Harvest festival and Christmas Eve service.
Each summer we have our youth baptism service in the local park.
In addition, we have two outdoor services in our pavilion with a picnic meal following to encourage our members to invite friends and neighbors.
Each fall we host a Harvest Festival and invite the community to attend.
Each winter our "farmhouse" is used by Interfaith Hospitality Network to lodge homeless families. One of the two months Blooming Glen is also responsible to provide transportation, overnight hosts, and the evening meal. Currently, the house is being renovated to be used for short term transitional housing in our community.
We have also used the home to shelter persons coming from other countries as we assist them in resettling in the community. These friendships and support continue beyond their stay in our house.
We have a task force working on additional ways to bless and serve the local community.
Details: We have offered occasional silent retreats to which people outside the congregation have been invited. We have offered an ALPHA course with a meal at the church for a couple years. We plan to offer an Alpha Marriage Course this fall, 2012. We opened a disc golf course that was available to the public and was used for several years but recently shut it down due to the effects on our neighbors. We had a mentoring group for a Bridge of Hope family for about 5 years. We produced a monthly TOGETHER magazine that was distributed to every house within a certain radius of the church. We host a cemetery tour each fall and invite the community to hear the history of our cemetery since it is a Worcester Township community cemetery in many ways, going back to the 1700s. This has been very popular with township residents. We have had Sundays focused on East Africa because of one family in our congregation who are from Tanzania. Other East Africans from the Philadelphia area attend these Sundays.
Details: Movie Nights, Trips to the library, to the parks to play social games, hone visitation. Senior awareness outreach, (social security, medicare, medicaid, life ins.). Rap Concerts & Testimonies
Details: Voter ID clinics and an internet cafe coming soon....
Details: -Party in the Park--like a block party with free food
-The park itself is a passive outreach to the community
-Temporarily hosting Stepping Stones nursery and day care program.
-Listening to 6 community leaders during SS as a way to build bridges with services in the North Penn area.
-Cooperate with Manna on Main Street in a variety or specific programs
Details: Block party in the Fall for the community. Vacation Bible school is held every year in the summer. Recently Souderton Mennonite has gotten involved in helping to rebuild the community playground across the street from the church.
Details: Our mission outreach funds provide assistance to those who have need for housing or food.
Details: The offering something "free" is during the 4th of July parade at Skippack our church is known for giving away free water to everyone/anyone as the water supply lasts.
Details: Our church continues to be involved with Ripple's outreach in the city--we give financially, we have members of our church that our involved in helping with services, and we have joint services with them--in which both of us have prepared meals and served the other. We partner with another congregation to offer VBS program (Egypt Community Church). We offered the use of our building free of charge to our neighbors-- canvassed the surrounding households to let folks know. Our space is used for a local NA group on Monday nights. Our children generally have at least 2 local missions projects each year--in the past, we worked with Allentown Rescue Mission and Lehigh County Conference of Churches--specifically with local family in need.