First Church of the Brethren

Outreach Opportunities

Our church financially supports several worthy projects, but we are always looking for more hands-on involvement with the local community.

We welcome your ideas for outreach. If you are from the community and have an idea for helping the less fortunate and would like to use our facility, please submit your idea to us. The parameters are:

  • You will organize and run the project.
  • We will provide space and a time slot for your project.
  • We may provide some volunteers from our church to participate in your project.
  • All projects ideas must be approved by our church board.
  • You will submit a working plan including space needed, time ..
  • We reserve the right to reject all project ideas without revealing the reason.

Send project ideas to:
Subject: Brethren Outreach Proposal
Mail to:

Sample Projects

  • Aid For Friends - We administered this project for ten years, where once a month our members would meet in the church kitchen and social hall and make hundreds of meals for Aid For Friends.  We would deliver the meals to their headquarters in Philadelphia, and they distributed them to need people.  We gave up the project last year when the organizers felt it was beyond their capabilities anymore due to age.  
  • Support Groups - For LGBTQ students and families, suicide prevention or survivors, AA,  grief support, etc.
  • Elderly Activities.
  • Friday night coffee shop - For high school students as an alternative to less healthy alternatives.

Current Projects

  • Church of the Brethren General Brotherhood, including
  • Caring Ministries of Church of the Brethren
  • Church of the Brethren Emergency Disaster Fund.
  • Atlantic NE District Program
  • Missionary support for Joann Gladd in Brazil, Pat VanderWall in xxx, in India.
  • Camp Swatara in Bethel, PA. A Church of the Brethren camp.
  • Bethany Seminary, the grad school of divinity for the Church of the Brethren.
  • Juniata College in Huntingdon, PA. Founded and supported by the Church of the Brethren, a four year liberal arts college.
  • Peter Becker Community in Harleysville, PA. A Church of the Brethren run retirement home.
  • Heifer Project International. Founded by the Church of the Brethren to provide heifers (cows) to farmers overseas.
  • Aid For Friends. An organization that provides meals for elderly and disabled people.
  • Keystone Hospice in Philadelphia, PA.
  • Chestnut Hill Meals on Wheels.

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