Jesus calls us to love our neighbors. Responding to God’s amazing grace, we hope to do just that! The people of Winter Park Presbyterian Church are very active in many service activities within and outside of our church walls. Our Board of Deacons are especially commissioned to guide our whole congregation as we seek to do God’s work in the world. Come work alongside us!
WPPC Youth at Good Shepherd
WPPC works with the Good Shepherd Center to help feed Wilmington’s hungry. A group of youth and adults travels to the Good Shepherd Center every month to prepare a meal for the guests there. Also, Winter Park Presbyterian has an ongoing campaign called “I Was Hungry And…” (read Matthew 25:31-30) to collect food for the Good Shepherd Center. Non-perishable food items may always be dropped off in the Food Wagon near the church parlor. Cash donations are also welcome. Such donations are used to buy perishable food (milk, eggs, cheese, etc.) and items urgently needed by the center.
Prophet’s Chamber Interior
The Prophet’s Chamber Apartment Ministry: Winter Park Presbyterian Church has an onsite apartment. This ministry of our Deacons seeks to give a family in transition a place to land and spend several months in a safe, very affordable location. The goal of the ministry is to help enable medium term residents to move out into longer-term housing once they are able. WPPC volunteers are needed when we renovate and repair the apartment between residents.
The Deacons organize regular collections for Mother Hubbard’s Cupboard. Volunteers are needed on assigned days to collect food outside grocery stores in Wilmington. We typically collect on a Saturday. Volunteers take turns in shifts greeting shoppers and accepting donated food items. The food is then distributed Mother Hubbard’s Cupboard’s food pantry.
PW Mission Sewing Day
The Presbyterian Women of Winter Park Presbyterian Church engage in service and mission activities throughout the year. One primary service activity is their annual “Mission Sewing Day” (February 25th at 9:30am in 2014). The ladies of the PW sew clothing and bandages for use in hospitals overseas. Care packages for hungry college students are also assembled. Come, lend a hand!
WPPC Crop Walkers!
WPPC participates in Wilmington’s annual CROP Walk. Each year children, youth, and adults participate from WPPC participate in Wilmington’s CROP Hunger Walk. They receive many sponsorships from fellow church goers. Members of WPPC have also long been involved in the planning and leadership of the walk.
Llama in church!
The Heifer Fund is an ongoing collection and alternative gift opportunity at WPPC. Give the gift of rabbits, geese, or llamas to someone special in your life! The money raised is used to purchase “Arks” as a church from Heifer International. Each May we also have a special fundraiser for Heifer. In 2013, we had a llama as our special guest!
At work in Nicaragua
We have an ongoing relationship with the Center for Development in Central America. A group of youth and adults traveled to Nicaragua in July of 2012 to learn about the work of the Center for Development in Central America and to participate in that work. In the summer of 2013, one of our college students spent her summer working in the health clinic in Neuva Vida. Our Deacons continue to support their projects, and the coffee sold by our youth as a fundraiser is organic, fair-trade coffee sold by farmers in cooperation with the CDCA. Have we mentioned the coffee? 🙂
Stop Hunger Now at WPPC
We host an annual STOP Hunger Now event at WPPC. Our Deacons get us organized and energized as we welcome STOP Hunger Now to Winter Park. The event is both fun and meaningful as we package emergency meals for use by our sisters and brothers overseas. This project is a great activity for the whole family. A 2014 date will be announced soon!
We share our church building with many community organizations! Not a day goes by when the buildings of WPPC are not in use by a group of our neighbors. There are Narcotics Anonymous and Alcoholics Anonymous meetings every day at WPPC. (For a list of their meetings, please contact NA or AA.) Several Girl Scout Troops meet at WPPC, and WPPC has long served as the home of Boy Scout Troop 218. Our Fellowship Hall/Gym is used by children’s sports groups. We host a weekday preschool. We welcome other outside groups seeking to make a difference in our community.