APC’s Partners in Ministry
Before Jesus ascended into heaven, he declared to his disciples, “…You will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samara, and to the ends of the earth” (Acts 1:8)
APC believes that this pattern of local, regional and international mission should guide us as we work for the reconciliation of the world in Jesus Christ. We accomplish this by partnering with ministries already doing this in their own contexts.
It is the goal of the Mission Awareness Committee to inform and encourage the congregation that the faith doesn’t end on Sunday. We should be acting in compassion, service and evangelism every day. Our meetings are typically on the first Monday of the month at 7:30 PM in the library. For more information, please contact us.
Ardmore Presbyterian Church rents a two story row house in South Ardmore. We call it “First Place.” We use it for transitional housing for newly arrived refugees to the U.S., as well as for housing for asylum seekers who are sponsored by government approved agencies. In the last year, we have hosted 31 individuals from 7 different countries. Our guests stay until permanent housing can be found for them in the Philadelphia area. The First Place ministry is one of the ways in which our congregation is responding to Jesus’ call to welcome the strangers in our midst. VISIT OUR WEBSITE: www.firstplacerefugee.org
Sturgis Poorman, First Place Coordinator
The Build-it Bus ministry is founded on the belief that it is God’s desire that everyone experience the goodness of life. Experiencing this goodness is experiencing the goodness of God, and is essential to the emotional, physical and spiritual development of children. Visit their website.
ELDERNET OF LOWER MERION
Eldernet provides services enabling frail elderly and disabled people to remain independent as long as possible. Visit their website.
INTERFAITH HOSPITALITY NETWORK
The Interfaith Hospitality Network of the Main Line provides a caring and positive environment for homeless families and their children while they design and implement a plan to break the cycle of homelessness in their lives. Visit their website.
This Presbyterian ministry provides two programs for vulnerable children: In Rosemont, there is a home for children unable to live in their own homes and in the Kingsessing area of Philadelphia, the Southwest Philadelphia Satellite Center for children a who suffer an unusually high rate of loss within their families due to incarceration, violent crime, and drug dealing. Visit their website.
THE WELCOME CHURCH
The Welcome Church is an ECLA (with whom PCUSA is in full communion) church without walls which ministers to all, especially those experiencing homelessness. Rev. Schaunel Steinnagel-Taylor is a member of the clergy team and has facilitated interaction with the APC congregation on several levels. Visit their website.
WEST KENSINGTON MINISTRY
This ministry of the Presbytery of Philadelphia is based in the West Kensington section of Philadelphia. It is lead by Rev. Adan Mairena and seeks to spread the Good News of Jesus Christ in one of the poorer and more crime-ridden neighborhoods of the city. Visit their website.
WELCOMING THE STRANGER
This ministry provides educational opportunities for immigrants and refugees. Classes, taught mostly by volunteers from area churches, include English, computer skills and citizenship preparation. Visit their website.
KUWADZANA PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH HUNGER RELIEF FUND
This ministry provides food for children orphaned by AIDS. It also helps fund self-help projects (chicken hatching, garden and welding programs) to support people living in an economically and politically unstable country.
MEDICAL BENEVOLENCE FOUNDATION
MBF partners with PCUSA to support international health programs; recruits healthcare professionals and other volunteers; and provides donated surplus medical supplies and equipment to its international programs. Visit their website.
ST LUKE’S HOSPITAL, NABLUS, WEST BANK
This Christian hospital, in an almost totally Muslim city, is the major nucleus of Christianity in the region. It serves a largely Muslim population, many unable to afford health care. In the current chaotic political and economic situation in Palestine, the hospital continues to provide services often reducing staff salaries in order to keep its doors open. Visit their website.
SNEHA – DR. REETA RAO – INDIA
Society for Nurture, Education, and Health Advancement is a Christian ministry in the slums of this Dehradun, India. Children are educated and women are taught reading, computer basics, and income producing skills such as sewing and candle making. Visit their website.
THE WORD AT WORK – BELIZE MINISTRY
The Word at Work exists to proclaim the Gospel, with its focus in Belize. They encourage mission partnerships with specific ministries in Belize, and they run short-term mission trips for groups from churches of all denominations. Visit their website.