Service to the surrounding community and the wider world is important to us. We take seriously the call in our Baptismal Vows to seek and serve Christ in all people, to strive for justice and peace on the earth, and to respect the dignity of every human being. Our service takes place in many forms – individually, in groups from the church, and in connection with our community partners.
Here are just a few ways to get involved:
Sunday LOVE Project:
Every Sunday we have teamed up with the Sunday LOVE project to help cook, package and distribute meals and necessities to the underserved in LOVE Park each Sunday at 2 pm. In the evening, they again prepare and serve a sit-down meal for 50+ people from around the city. Every Monday , the Sunday LOVE Project cooks and serves a relaxed brunch for up to 50 people.
Monthly Cook Off:
Scheduled for the second Sunday of the month after the 11 am Service. Volunteers assemble and package about 100 meals for freezing. The meals are then used by Aid for Friends. This program began as an outreach to those suffering and dying from AIDS. Over the years, it has reached families with new babies, the elderly who are unable to get to church, and others who are in need of a few meals every month.
Episcopal Community Services: During the year we collect and distribute back-to-school school supplies and backpacks for children; cleaning supplies for women and their families transitioning out of the shelter and into their own homes; provide Christmas gifts to children who would otherwise go without; collect funds to support ECS ministries and services throughout the year.
Holiday Season: We work with the Seamans Church Institute by collecting and distributing “ditty bags” to the seamen at the Philadelphia port. We arrive on tugboat and bring holiday cheer and necessities to those in port over the holiday.