The first Wave of Covenant Fund grant recipients have been announced!
We give thanks for the witness of Valley Forge Presbyterian Church, Bethel Presbyterian Church, The Welcome Church, and Roxborough Presbyterian Church. Read more about their ministries below!
Bethel Presbyterian Church Senior Ministry: Bethel has served as a meeting place for senior citizens for the last 16 years. The group was formed to fill in a place for people who were aging and feeling left out of everyday life activities. Some are living alone and without family support, physically handicapped and in need of a support line.They needed a place to interact with like minds and feel needed and necessary in this time in their lives. Their ministry honors their age group and birthdays; celebrating each holiday with memories, reflections, laughter, and tears.
Roxborough Presbyterian Church Online Outreach: As a result of COVID-19, they plan to build a thriving online community accessible to our local congregation as well as offering an additional form of outreach that could literally reach to the ends of the earth. Their goals with virtual ministry are to serve their congregation. Additionally they would like to use the online platform to further reach a younger demographic that may never set foot in our church.
Valley Forge Presbyterian Church Building Conversion to Apartment Building for Housing-Insufficient: In considering how the congregation might serve those in their community who are unable to afford decent housing, the church recently formed the Upper Merion Area Housing Association. They plan to convert their chapel and Christian Education building into 14 apartments for the purpose of providing housing. They anticipate these apartments to be used by young people aging out of foster care, a population very vulnerable to homelessness. Another likely use will be for people with behavioral health and developmental disabilities.
The Welcome Church Welcome Art: The ministry will engage people who are experiencing homelessness, people who were homeless, now living in permanent housing, and people who have never been homeless but find themselves with interests, gifts, and/or needs in the arts. Art functions within The Welcome Church as a source of healing for people whose lives involve physical struggle, to a means of sharing incredible gifts and talents. In the midst of COVID-19, they see art among their artists and want to expand opportunities to share art and communication.