“The wind blows where it chooses, and you hear the sound of it, but you do not know where it comes from or where it goes. So it is with everyone born of the Spirit” John 3:8

The First Presbyterian Church in (historic) Kensington celebrates 200 years this weekend. Anniversaries are typically a time to look back – and the church will certainly be giving thanks and praise to God as they share fond memories.

But First Pres is also celebrating the exciting things the Holy Spirit is doing right at this very moment, and looking to the future as new community connections invigorate their ministry in Fishtown.
With help from the Presbytery of Philadelphia’s Covenant Fund, the church now offers free community meals to the public, once a month.  The church is excited about the possibility of bringing together residents from all generations of Fishtown to share fellowship over a meal.

In addition to these meals, the church has expanded its food cupboard by connecting with the New Kensington CDC (a non-profit community organization) to help spread to the word to those in need in the community.
First Pres and the NKCDC staff realize their role as key stakeholders in the community and began conversations about unmet needs in the community, and how they might work together to address them.

From this cooperation, a new First Pres ministry is emerging: a children’s clothing closet. Many families in the neighborhood rely upon thrift stores to fill their children’s wardrobes. Unfortunately though, thrift store prices aren’t accessible to some neighborhood families.

In response, the church will be collecting new or lightly used children’s clothing and then offering them to the public, at no cost, during “shopping days.”
Plans for opening the children’s clothing closet are being finalized. When it does open: families will be welcomed to “shop” for children’s clothing on Saturday mornings.

With more engagement with the community, discovering the community’s needs and matching the church’s gifts and abilities to meet these needs, the members at First Pres Kensington are keeping their ears open to listen to where the Holy Spirit will lead them in the upcoming 200 years.