St. James United Church of Christ
New Adventures (2017-2020)
After attentive inquiry and listening to the members and leaders of our congregation, people in our community and spending time in prayer,
St. James has determined to do the following in Year 1 (2017-2018):
Pet Therapy – Conduct monthly reading program utilizing certified pet therapy dogs to provide a nonjudgmental and fun atmosphere for reading. This program is for children 5-12 years old. Provide monthly pet therapy visitation to our food pantry to help participants de-stress from illness, unemployment and poverty (Beginning June 2017)
Those With Cancer – Provide cancer care packages to those who have been diagnosed and are going through surgery and/or cancer treatment via distribution through an area hospital oncologist office, and local treatments center (Beginning September 2017)
LBGT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender) Community – Provide a workshop for LGBT couples (Winter 2018).
Families With Addiction – Provide a workshop for those who have a family member who is dealing with addiction (Spring 2018).
For more information on any of the programs and activities listed above contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
Dorcas “Yarn” Ministry
Focuses on knitting, crocheting and sewing in order to provide love and care to those who are sick or grieving. Currently, prayer shawls, lap blankets, and pillowcases are being made with love and prayer, and are delivered to friends, colleagues, neighbors, family members, and those in the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia.
St. James provides opportunities: for individuals, groups, organizations and companies to contribute to our food pantry, and a chance for those who need food to get groceries once a month. Click here to learn more about helping or using the Food Pantry.
St. James and St. Mary's Church Rossalu (just outside of Berlin), Germany has had a partnership for many years. Periodically, members of their congregation come and stay with us in our homes and we tour with them, as well as provide them experiences dealing with American culture, our faith, and our denomination. And, we also go to visit Germany and stay with them in their homes, in which they then also provides us with cultural and faith experiences as well. We have been enriched by our relationship and partnership over many years and plan to do so for many years to come.
Every 1-2 years we go on a mission trip. These trips focus on:
home repair, disaster relief, or experiences that help us further understand the why of poverty and how we can respond. Some trips are just for teen or adults, and some trip are intergenerational. Scholarships are available upon request.
St. James is in partnership with Tabernacle United Church, Philadelphia and Old First Reformed Church, Philadelphia in the sending letters and cards to inmates in both Montgomery and Philadelphia Counties, and providing post release support.
Sam's Kitchen / Life Center
Six times a year, every other month, we prepare dinner and a snack bag for 90 homeless and low- income people living either at the Life Center of Delaware County (63rd and Market Streets) or in the surrounding neighborhood. There are both daytime, as well as evening cooking crews, and there is an opportunity to also go down and serve the meal and distribute the snack bags, as well as do shopping for items needed for cooking.
Please use the link below to get more specific dates of service, and contact information for the missions/outreaches can be found in our Activities and Events' section.