“Open arms and serving hands transforming lives through Christ.”
St. John’s Mission Mandate
Backpack Mission Project! Help underprivileged Bucks County children in grades K-12 by filling a new backpack with school supplies and help kids start the 2018-2019 school year with pride and confidence. A supply wish list is located here. Place your donations in the designated box in the Narthex through Sunday, July 29. We will then deliver them to Family Service Association of Bucks County for distribution to children in need. Contact Lara Bolte with any questions: firstname.lastname@example.org, 215-357-6998.
We are gearing up for our special mission morning, R.I.S.E. Sunday. Mark your calendars for October 7, 2018 and get ready to serve others alongside your church family. Please contact Lara Bolte if you wish to be a part of the planning and organizational process: email@example.com, 215-357-6998.
The Red Bird Trailers are OPEN daily! Please drop off your donations between 9:00 AM and 5:30 PM.
St. John’s Missions owns and maintains several 53-foot over-the-road trailers. They are located at the rear of the church parking lot. Donations of clothing, furnishings, working appliances and other reusable goods are accepted Monday through Sunday – 9 AM through 5:30 from March through December. These goods are regularly transported to the Red Bird Mission in Beverly, Kentucky, one of the most impoverished counties in our nation. Monetary donations that will help offset the cost of transporting these goods would be greatly appreciated and can be dropped at the church office (8:30 AM – 3:00 PM Monday – Friday, or on Sunday mornings) or mailed to: St. John’s United Methodist Church, 820 Almshouse Road, Ivyland, PA 18974.
Know anyone with a CDL license? We can always use drivers who will volunteer to transport the trailers down to and back from Kentucky. Contact Dick Paulus for more information at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please consider making a financial donation to offset the costs of transporting these items to Red Bird Mission. Checks can be made out to St. John’s United Methodist Church. Place the words “Red Bird Trailers” in the memo area.
FAMILY PROMISE MISSION MINISTRY
St. John’s hosts homeless families for one week five times a year as a Host Church for Family Promise of Lower Bucks. We are currently awaiting a new hosting schedule from Family Promise and will update this page when we know what our next date is.
Many volunteers are needed for set up and clean up, food shopping, meal preparation and serving, and laundry service to name a few.
When we need to collect non-perishable items or food for the families, you can sign up to donate item(s). Watch for the sign up sheet.
All volunteers will require Child Abuse clearances and must go through our Safe Sanctuary Training. Online Training and Forms
Volunteers can access policy and procedure information along with numerous helpful articles on the Volunteer website. Volunteer Information
Food and Clothing Collections
The need for food and clothing by our disadvantaged neighbors in the Eastwick section of Philadelphia and Northeast Philadelphia goes on throughout the year. Your donations of canned goods and non-perishable dry foods are greatly needed and much appreciated. In addition, there is a great need for clothing that is appropriate for persons seeking employment Please place your food donations in the shopping carts located in the hallway and clothing may be hung on the coat rack across from the church office. St. John’s frequently partners with the food and clothing banks at Eastwick United Methodist Church in the city of Philadelphia.
Other Mission Opportunities
There are a variety of other opportunities for persons to serve in missions at St. John’s. We organize week-long mission trips for adults and for youth. There are opportunities to provide meals for those in need through Aid For Friends as well as to participate in special collections of food, clothing and gift items during the Christmas and Easter seasons. As local, national, and international need arise, St. John’s responds to requests for assistance through the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR). Please check out the United Methodist Men, United Methodist Women, Children’s Ministry and Youth Ministry web pages for additional mission opportunities.