Missional Networking

Host community yard sale

Ambler

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.

Boyertown

Details:

We have quilting and knotting every second and fourth Mondays of the month. We offer small groups. We do a number of community outreach events such as blood drives, a yard sale, a pig roast, and prayer walking in Boyertown. We have developed a healing ministry called Shalom Healing Ministry that is based on Tilda Norberg's Gestalt Pastoral Care approach.

Franconia

Details: As a congregation, we've been involved in the following outreach events in the last few years.
  • Community Day - games, free food, etc., on the church grounds.
  • Community Egg Hunt - Sat. morning, free candy, prizes, simple sharing of the Easter story
  • Live Nativity - three evenings before Christmas, community invited, free food, brief sharing of the Christmas story
  • Chosen 300 - a group of young adults and adults who go to Philly six times a year to share a meal and build relationships with homeless persons
  • InterFaith Hospitality Network - every October we host homeless persons in the church building, members bring in dinner and stay overnight, build relationships.
  • Sportsmen's Dinner - a big meal and special speaker on a Friday evening, appeals to men who love hunting and the outdoors. Over 600 attended this year.
  • A Golf Outing in September, men in the church invite friends and family to be part of it, and build relationships.
  • Women's Conferences - Franconia planned a Women's Conference one year, and hosted a teleconference women's conference another year.
  • We continue to build our relationship with our sister church in Puebla, Mexico - Maranatha Mennonite Church. A team will spend a week with them this summer, assisting in their Vacation Bible School.
  • A service team also spent a week serving at Bethany Birches Camp in Vermont this summer, and a group are serving with Kingdom Builders in Philly a Saturday this summer.
  • Our Sr. High MYF spent a week serving in La Ceiba, Honduras, partnering with the local Mennonite Church and Eastern Mennonite Mission workers. In addition, a group of youth are serving three days with Kingdom Builders in Philly this summer.
  • Twice a year we host a Mom's Market in our fellowship hall, where many people from the community and church sell and buy used children's clothes and toys. We also host a yard sale on the church grounds, usually once a year.
  • Prison Ministry: A few of us from Franconia Church go to Montgomeery County Correctional Facilities (MCCF) once a month for a church service and some go to Graterford State and MCCF to the men and women inmates under Liberty Ministries.
  • Gideon Ministry

Methacton

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.

Plains

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