Outreach Programs (A-C)
Grove Church adults work in teams to clean a three-mile stretch of Grove and Whitford Roads four times a year through an agreement with PennDot’s Adopt A Highway program. New Grove volunteers are always paired with experienced workers; safety is a high priority of this effort. Come share in this environment/fitness activity that increases everyone’s pride in our community. Work dates are published in advance in Grove newsletters. To get involved please email ChurchandSociety@GroveChurch.org.
The Grove AIDS Team raises awareness and funds to address needs of people affected by HIV/AIDS in Chester County and Malawi. For local needs and awareness, Grove works with Project One, a county agency, and for for needs and awareness concerning Malawi Grove works with HomeAID for Africa, a local 501c3 with strong community participation.
There has been great support for the AIDS/HIV community at Grove. Some of these efforts include the Zumbathon fundraiser (shown in photo), collection of supplies for Camp Dreamcatcher, and a Thanksgiving food collection.
BREAD FOR THE WORLD (BFW)
Bread for the World is a national Christian citizen’s organization that urges the nation’s leaders to help end hunger in our country and the world. Individual and institutional BFW supporters lobby for congressional legislation that supports BFW goals and objectives. Annually, BFW initiates one major hunger-related bill and seeks legislative co-sponsors for the bill. Grove members participate in the annual “Offering of Letters,” in which we hope to persuade U.S. Congressional representatives of the importance of providing food for those in need. Grove Church is a BFW “Covenant Church” . We are responsible for providing financial support and establishing a phone “Quickline” to lobby Congress on issues that need immediate attention. To get involved please email ChurchandSociety@GroveChurch.org.
BRIDGE OF HOPE
Bridge of Hope is a national church-based organization that helps single mothers break the cycle of homelessness and become self-sufficient. For over 25 years, Bridge of Hope has utilized the model of a social worker and church-based mentoring group to help single mothers with families get back on their feet. The goal is to obtain rental housing, a permanent job, financial stability, and a support network of friends through a local church. Through a caring and collaborative process, the mother gains self-esteem and the likelihood for eventual success is improved; this program has resulted in an 80% success rate. In 1997 and again in 1999, Grove Church made a deeper commitment by mentoring families that were making the transition to self-sufficiency through the Bridge of Hope program. Church members provided moral and practical support by arranging for child-care, transportation and housing. New mentoring groups can be formed at any time. To get involved please email ChurchandSociety@GroveChurch.org.
CARE CENTER FOR CHRIST
The Care Center for Christ is a Christian outreach ministry located in downtown West Chester. An ecumenical board of directors representing churches in the Greater West Chester area oversees the Center as a provider of spiritual support to the West Chester community. This neighborhood outreach ministry assists families that are affected by unemployment, language barriers, inequities in education, and lack of a whole family experience. Regular programs at the Center include after-school tutoring, Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts, 4-H Clubs, computer classes, evening recreation, and prayer groups. A pre-school provides a positive first school experience for children living nearby. Grove church members contribute time, money and prayers to ensure the success of the Center’s programs. Grove Church, through the Church and Society Team, provides financial support for the Care Center.
CHRISTMAS FOOD BASKETS
In early December of each year, the Grove congregation makes a monetary commitment to support the feeding of needy families in the Greater West Chester area. With the money collected, Grove servants buy fresh produce, canned goods, hams and turkeys. Various organizations identify recipients for these bags of food. A group of Grove servants help to assemble the bags of food and deliver them to the families a week prior to Christmas Day. Through the generous support of Grove members typically about $2,000 is raised, enabling approximately 75 families to be served. To get involved please email ChurchandSociety@GroveChurch.org.
CHRISTMAS GIFTS PROJECT
Names of children, their ages and items on their Christmas wish-lists are obtained from a variety of agencies and churches within the community. Grove Church individuals and families select a gift request in early November, then purchase, and, in most cases, wrap the gift, returning it to church by early December. The gifts are delivered to the agencies for distribution to the designated families. Recently, gifts were distributed through Chester County Family and Youth, Cristo Rey UMC (West Grove), and the Methodist Home for Children. To get involved please email ChurchandSociety@GroveChurch.org.
CHURCH WORLD SERVICE
Church World Service is a relief, development and refugee assistance ministry of 36 Protestant, Orthodox and Anglican denominations. Its overall objective is to address the root causes of poverty and homelessness. Each October, Grove Church participates in Church World Service’s “CROP Hunger Walk” to raise money for international, domestic and local causes. Grove individuals/families solicit pledges from the congregation and other friends to support their participation in the ”Walk.” To get involved please email ChurchandSociety@GroveChurch.org.
CIRCLE OF GIVING
Members of the congregation are encouraged to donate non-perishable food items to the West Chester Food Cupboard . These donations are collected in a beautiful box located just inside the main church entrance. Each month a list of food items to be collected is advertised throughout the church. Grove is one of many churches and agencies in the local area that participate in this ministry for the poor. Collectively, these donations are a major source of supplies at the WC Food Cupboard. To get involved please email ChurchandSociety@GroveChurch.org.
CLOTHING AND TOY MINISTRY
The Clothing and Toy Ministry occurs twice a year at Grove. The Clothing Ministry is sponsored by the United Methodist Women, and the Toy Sale is sponsored by the United Methodist Women circles and the Christian Education Department. It is a wonderful opportunity to donate your unused (clean) clothing as well as purchase a new wardrobe for you and your family.
Local social servie agencies are provided with vouchers, enabling their clients to purchase gently used clothing at extremely low cost. All funds raised are donated to a select charity at the end of the sale. Learn more about the Clothing and Toy Ministry! To get involved please email ClothingMinistry@GroveChurch.org.
This ministry started in 2014 at Grove to strengthen our community, to serve busy families and to ensure that food is available to everyone. This is an outreach to the community and a place our members can bring friends and neighbors to Grove Church. The meal is offered at no cost so that those who may be struggling financially can stretch their family food budget. A free-will offering basket is available for those who want to make a donation.
Compeer Chester County is a nonprofit organization that connects adults in mental health recovery with local volunteers, resulting in a personal long-term friendship. Engaging in conversation and sharing activities with a supportive friend have been shown to help someone on the road to recovery gain confidence and self-esteem. For over 15 years, Compeer Chester County has aimed to help such persons feel more included in their communities and to realize their full potential. Compeer volunteers receive training and try to spend 4 hours a month with their friend for at least one year. Matched friends might meet for coffee, see a movie, take a walk, attend a sporting event, or just visit. To get involved please email ChurchandSociety@GroveChurch.org.
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Recent Announcements and Articles related to Outreach:
- Grove Community Garden Gets Started (7/2/2015)
- Grove Community Garden is Growing! (8/2/2015)
- Community Dinner on the Second Thursday of the Month! (1/21/2016)
- Lithograph Presented By Good Works (11/3/2016)
- Grove’s Role as a Good Works Partner Church Means Chester County Homes are Warmer, Safer, and Drier. (3/24/2017)
- VBS Coming in Summer 2017 (5/18/2017)