St. John's Missions


“Open arms and serving hands transforming lives through Christ.”

St. John’s Mission Mandate

All are invited to join us as we work to be the hands and feet of Jesus to those in need.
Questions?  Contact Pastor Ruth @ 215-357-6998, ext. 306


The trailers are currently closed but will be re-opening soon. 

Thank you for your support of the Red Bird Trailers.

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 PM from April 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 (9:00 AM – 1:00 PM Monday – Friday, or on Sunday mornings) or mailed to: St. John’s United Methodist Church, 820 Almshouse Road, Ivyland, PA  18974.

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 provides services to homeless families through a network of faith-based congregations and community volunteers.
  • Host congregations provide overnight lodging and meals for up to 14 individuals (typically 3 to 4 families) for one week about every 3 months on a rotating schedule.
  • The guests stay at the host congregation during the evening and overnight. Each morning, they are transported to a day center, where they prepare for and carry out their daily activities – caring for young children, looking for jobs or training, or going to school or work.

Please let Sharon Byle ( know where you would like to help! Look for sign-up genius in E-news to sign up, and our hosting dates on the calendar.

We need volunteers with Safe Sanctuary clearances for:

Overnight Hosts 8:00pm-6:00am – super easy job, come hang out for a few hours, then sleep.  Responsibilities include making sure building is locked up and that the guests are safe, comfortable and have what they need.

Evening Host – 5:30pm–8:00pm - 2nd easiest job, eat and hang out for 2 hours. Some guests will interact, but many will spend time in their rooms. Responsibilities include making sure that the guests are comfortable and have what they need. Preparing an activity (movie, games, crafts) is encouraged but not required.

Meal preparers – Provide a meal for 10-16 people. Menu ideas are given, and flexibility is a must! These families, like yours, have busy lives and may not be “home for dinner” every night, so how many to cook for is variable each night. And of course, just like at home, we deal with picky eaters and allergies.

Volunteers who don’t need clearances:

Set up team – Sunday after 10:30 service, set up classrooms as bedrooms for guests

Breakdown team – Sunday at 8:30, break down bedrooms and make them classrooms again

Shopper – Sunday afternoon, shop for breakfast and lunch items for the week. Wednesday evening check in and see if any other items are needed.

Laundry Team – Sunday morning after 9:00am pick up some laundry and return it next Sunday.


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. 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.

For More Information contact: Pastor Ruth Portzline, 215-357-6998 X 306


WHAT is R.I.S.E. Sunday? A morning of worship and hands-on mission projects with local and global impact.

WHAT projects are available?

  • Pillowcase Dresses for Little Dresses for Africa: Goal: Make 25 dresses and 50 sanitary kits, which are distributed in remote villages and aid in the formation of relationships with mission groups focused on clean water and primary education efforts.
  • Bagged lunches for Trenton Area Soup Kitchen: Goal: Make 1000 bagged lunches, including peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, for distribution to people experiencing food insecurity in Trenton.
  • Cutlery assembly for Trenton Area Soup Kitchen: Goal: Using plasticware, paper napkins, and adhesive bands, wrap 4,000 sets of dinnerware for use at one of the 4,800 meals supplied by TASK each week.
  • Rise Against Hunger: Goal: Assemble 13, 824 meals which will feed 37 children in developing countries for one year, through international hunger relief organization Rise Against Hunger.

Click for past RISE Sunday photos  -  an amazing time serving others!