‘For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat,  I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, …  Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least  of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’  ~ Matthew 25:35, 40 

Meals for the Local Homeless

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“Gracemeals with Faith” mission volunteers are focusing on two areas of need in our local community: 

  • Meals-to-Go: We are working together with the Christian Caring Center (CCC) in Browns Mills in their outreach to the homeless nearby. Gracemeals with Faith volunteers are preparing freshly made, individual salads each week in the church kitchen. These are delivered to the CCC in time for their lunch run to the area woods where a number of homeless individuals are living. Each salad, along with a healthy protein bar also made in Faith’s kitchen, are packaged in a biodegradable container and ready for distribution by the CCC to those in need the same day. 
    Salads are assembled each Wednesday during the summer at 9 am and ready for delivery to the CCC around 10 am. Volunteers are always needed to make and deliver salads on Wednesday morning. Protein bars are made every few weeks and can accommodate different schedules.
  • Dinner Meals: We are also coordinating with area churches that are hosting homeless families as part of the Interfaith Hospitality Network of Burlington County. Each church hosts once a quarter for one week at a time, and Gracemeals with Faith volunteers are using Faith’s kitchen to prepare a dinner meal during their stay. There are additional opportunities such as serving the meals, helping school age kids with homework and playing with the young ones.

View pictures and more about all of our missions on our Facebook page.

‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’ Matthew 25:40

Sleep Mats for the Homeless

We are truly blessed to have the opportunity to partner with the Christian Caring Center in Browns Mills in their outreach to the homeless in Burlington County.

Many hands and many hearts come together to create durable mats out of used plastic bags that are flattened, cut, joined and crocheted into a six-foot, waterproof cushion for people without homes who are often sleeping on the ground.

We meet at Faith Church each Saturday in January, February and March from 10:00am to noon. Everyone is welcome, and many volunteers are needed as it takes time (and 900 bags) to create each mat.

There are tasks for all ages and all skills, including sorting and flattening bags, cutting them into strips, looping the strips together to form balls of “plarn” (plastic yarn) and finally crocheting the mats. If you can flatten a bag, you can help! Contact the church at 609-654-5148 for more information.

Please join us!

View pictures and more about all of our missions on our Facebook page.

 

 

There's always something new around the HOPE Garden!

Whoever has a bountiful eye will be blessed, for he shares his bread with the poor.
— Proverbs 22:9

As always, we remain mindful of the abundant blessings of our Lord. We are grateful when He chooses to use us.

Our “Helping Other People Eat” HOPE Garden is a way for the members of Faith Church to use the land around the Church to grow vegetables for those in need. The lettuce, spinach, tomatoes, peppers, zucchini and other vegetables we grow go directly to feed the needy. Produce has been donated to the Christian Caring Center, My Brother’s Keeper, UrbanPromise, New Visions, St. Vincent de Paul, Medford Lions Club and Migrant Worker Outreach. These organizations run active programs to help feed the needy of Burlington and Camden counties. Some produce is also dedicated to help individuals within our church family or our immediate community. Students from Memorial School and children from our Small World Nursery are participating in this community mission with us.

We welcome participation from anyone living in the Medford area who wishes to help raise organically grown foods for those in need. If you would like to lend a hand, learn more about gardening, teach children where their food comes from or just help water to make the plants grow – please contact the church office (609-654-5148).

We also encourage area churches, civic groups, schools, retirement communities, garden clubs and others to join us by helping to raise vegetables on their own property. By combining many individual contributions, our community has a great opportunity to invest in kindness to our neighbors in need, to each other and to our environment. We call this expanded vision "EDIBLE MEDFORD." 

Please view pictures and more about all of our missions on our Facebook page. We post information on current tallies of produce donated to various organizations and families in need, new additions to the garden, what's growing well, what we're having trouble with and of course an occasional picture of some pesky bugs.

 

'...clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, meekness and patience.' Col 3:12

A Heart and Hand Ministry

  • To give away shawls, scarves and lap blankets that will literally wrap the recipient in prayer and comfort.
  • A ministry of blessing, comfort, hope, courage, strength and outreach to those in need.
  • To be tangible evidence of our church's prayers, love and caring.
  • To use our God given abilities in service to the Lord, for His glory.
  • And... for the fellowship and blessing of being a part of this small group.

Typically, we meet the first Saturday of the month in April, May, September, October and November, from 10 to 11 am. We meet for prayer, fellowship and creating (knitting & crocheting) the shawls and lap blankets, as well as for encouragement and support of each other and help with our knitting. We also make baby blankets, prayer pillows, pocket prayer squares, prayer keepers, scarves and rectangles for coverlets.

We are always seeking home knitters who can lend their time and talent to this mission, as well as beginners who are just learning how to knit. Please join us!

The PSM celebrated its 10th year with a special outreach to South Jersey migrant workers who pick blueberries and other crops in the summer months. Along with two other churches in the area and many home knitters, we knitted 500 pocket prayer squares that were added to hygiene kits prepared by the Migrant Worker Outreach mission. Thank you to all the volunteers who contributed their time and talents!

View pictures and more about all of our missions on our Facebook page.

 

 

A Time for Fellowship and Study

The OGs Men's Bible Study meets on the 2nd and 4th Thursday of each month at 9:30am at the church, followed by fellowship over breakfast at a nearby diner. If you are looking for a Christian men's fellowship, we invite you to join us! For more information, please contact the church office.

A new series, The Truth Project from Focus on the Family, begins Thursday, September 12, 2019. Please join us! 

 

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