Local Church Stories
Grace UMC in Telford held a socially distanced Easter Drive-Through Parade on Saturday, March 27, from 1 to 3 PM in our church lot. This colorful celebration event was free for all who attended. We handed out "He Is Risen" plastic bags with church fliers inside at the first stop, where the pastor greeted all visitors in their cars. They were instructed to drive from table to table to acquire items for their bags, including a cross made of chocolate , colorful jelly beans, a craft, and coloring books.
Also, a local Girl Scout troop that we host at our church attended and participated. We handed out 170 bags to the community. See Photos
Bethel Hill UMC partners with Help Build Hope
Founded in 1870, Bethel Hill UMC in Lansdale, Pa., the state’s second oldest Methodist church, may be 250 years old. But it can still find new ways to serve in mission, especially when a viral pandemic demands adaptability.
Mission-minded members enjoy taking trips each year to work on building projects that help others. But while the pandemic has prevented that joyful experience lately, they found a new way to help build a home for distant neighbors by doing it at home…in the church’s parking lot, that is. Read More
Conshohocken UMC’s 80 members believe in the adage, “Through God, all things are possible.” In addition to serving in mission with local neighbors, “ConshyUnited” works with Living Waters for the World to share the gift of clean, sustainable water with community partners in Kenya, Cuba and soon, at the Karama Education Center located in Uganda.
“I feel that I’ve been called to do this work because God has given me so many blessings in life,” says Dave Patterson, who with his wife, Pat, helm the ConshyUnited Living Waters team...” Read More
St. John’s Ivyland UMC is continuing its fight against hunger in a small but important mission project during this season of Lent. Members are wrapping plastic eating utensils at home to donate to the Trenton (N.J.) Area Soup Kitchen (TASK).
For three years the congregation has packaged hundreds of nutritious meals together on RISE Sundays during Lent, to support the global Rise Against Hunger project (formerly Stop Hunger Now). But COVID restrictions prevented that large-group activity in 2020 and 2021. Read More
The Eastern PA Conference Urban Commission awarded $30,000 in urban ministry grants to eight churches and three church/community alliances at the end of 2020. Their diverse ministries include provision of free food, temporary shelter, outreach to youth and young adults, and legal services for immigrants. The commission also distributed $30,000 to the Eastern PA Conference Cabinet last spring to help... Read More
On Feb. 23 Eastern PA Conference members—nearly 90 so far—will dig together into a fascinating, possibly cathartic new book that unearths the skeletons of America’s racial caste system through social analysis and evocative storytelling. The timing couldn’t be better for the Conference Congregational Development Team’s next CDT Book Club selection: Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents (2020), the celebrated new “masterpiece” by writer Isabel Wilkerson. Read More