Children & Family Outreach Opportunities

You must each decide in your heart how much to give.  And don’t give reluctantly or in response to pressure. 
“For God loves a person who gives cheerfully.”  2 Corinthians 9:7

Sunday School Offerings

Joyful Generosity… The Heart of Giving…

Children and families will be encouraged to bring in offerings each week to Sunday school as we learn what it means to attend Sunday school every week, pray every day, worship with our church family, and serve others with a heart of joy. Some of the ways we can share this love is by donating clothing to the Thrift Shop, donating food to the Food Pantry, and giving monies each week for other outreach opportunities.  As we glorify God in all we do… let us encourage our children to share their love with others.

Operation Christmas Child

Children’s Spiritual Growth Team supports the Samaritan’s Purse Operation Christmas Child each fall. Last year, we were able to assemble and donate nearly 400 boxes! Thanks to children and families at Westminster children, both near and in faraway places, are experiencing God’s love and the true meaning of Christmas through gift-filled boxes that are wrapped in prayers.

 There are three ways that you and your family can help:

  • Go shopping with your family for articles as per Samaritan's Purse guidelines.
  • Pray for each child who will receive a shoebox.
  • Donate $7 to cover the cost of shipping (place check in shoebox).  Please make check out to Samaritan’s Purse.
  • Volunteer as a family at Westminster’s OCC Relay Center in November.

Sign Up with Karen Goldsborough at KGoldsborough55@gmail.comor 610-389-8306

 

One Great Hour of Sharing

One Great Hour of Sharing Fish Boxes are distributed each spring in Sunday school and worship to the children.  Please talk with your children about this wonderful outreach opportunity and the impact it will have on ministries within the Presbyterian Church USA: Examples of One Great Hour of Sharing offering have gone to sustain the following ministries of the Presbyterian Church USA in 2011: Presbyterian Hunger Program (PHP) receives 36 percent. PHP works to alleviate hunger and eliminate its causes, responding with compassion and justice to poor and hungry people in local communities in the United States and internationally; Self-Development of People (SDOP) receives 32 percent. SDOP is a ministry that affirms God’s concern for humankind by participating in the empowerment of economically poor, oppressed and disadvantaged people who are seeking to change the structures that perpetuate poverty, oppression and injustice; Presbyterian Disaster Assistance (PDA) receives 32 percent. PDA witnesses to the healing love of Christ through caring for communities adversely affected by crisis and catastrophic events. It is the emergency and refugee program of the Presbyterian Church U.S.A.

Estado 29 Orphanage

The Estado 29 orphanage was founded in 1957 by Jose Acosta Zamora, a Mexican pastor who felt called to do something about the amount of children on the streets of Mexican cities. The orphanage began with five children on land donated by a woman with no children of her own. In 1987, the founder’s daughter, Debora Acosta Guzman, took over as director and continues to this day. Currently, there are approximately 75 children of all ages and 20 workers living at the orphanage. The orphanage provides food, shelter, means to an education, and a Christian environment for children that desperately need it. The orphanage is funded solely by private donations.

Our relationship with the orphanage began in 2004, when a high school mission team visited the orphanage while Jon Frost, now director of alternative worship, was living there. Since that first visit, youth trips occurred from 2005-2008, sometimes twice a year. After a hiatus in 2009, Westminster initiated annual multi-generational trips to the orphanage. Currently, we are actively involved in some exciting projects at the orphanage. One, already complete, was the opening of an internet café for the surrounding community. The second is the construction of a coffeehouse that will incorporate the story of the orphanage, traditional Mexican design and décor, as well as serve the increasingly busy and growing town of San Antonio. 

Estado 29 Orphanage in Mexico


Intergenerational Mission Experience

Are you looking for a way to cultivate a heart for serving in your child? Would you like the opportunity for your child (and you for that matter) to form relationships with children, youth and adults of all ages from Westminster? The Intergenerational Mission Trip is a perfect first mission experience for children and families. It will take place during the summer months and provides opportunities to learn through hands on service, education and advocacy in hopes of cultivating a heart for loving God while loving neighbor.  This ministry provides opportunities for fellowship of multiple generations as well as worship in a multi-generational community.