Katie’s Philadelphia Project Reflection

Posted by Will Abbott on OP5er @ 5:19 PM
       I first became involved with Westminster Presbyterian Church in 2011 when I was finishing fifth grade. One of the things that captured my interest was the church’s dedication to projects and events designed to improve the lives of others. After a few years, the opportunity came for me to join the type of project that inspired me when I first came to Westminster. I will remember this experience forever.
    The Philadelphia Project is an organized, multi-church effort to improve the lives of people in the Philadelphia community and build relationships by fixing and restoring their homes. When I agreed to participate in the Philadelphia Project, I did not have very high expectations. My involvement in church activities had been very limited, and I thought this might just be a weekend construction project.
    In reality, my weekend at the Roxborough Presbyterian Church was more fulfilling and rewarding than I ever could have expected. I spent the weekend meeting people who greatly strengthened my faith, while also improving the lives of others by stripping wallpaper, painting houses, and installing insulation. What I thought might be hard work turned out to be a fun collaboration with new friends and an expression of our faith in God.
    The Philadelphia Project exceeded my expectations in every way. I feel we accomplished the Project’s goal of connecting with members of our community, while strengthening our faith and committing our lives to God. As soon as the weekend was over, I started wishing that I could go back again.

Audrey's Reflection on the Middle School Fall Retreat

Posted by Will Abbott on OA12er @ 12:52 AM

My name is Audrey and I am a 7th grader at Patton Middle School. I have been involved in the youth ministry since last year and I have loved it. I am a part of the youth ministry because it makes me feel like I can express myself and be involved in the church with other kids my age. Through the youth ministry I have seen God in so many different people, especially a few weekends ago on the middle school retreat. During the retreat, I was feeling sick, so on the first night during the scripture lesson I spent most of it outside. A couple of amazing girls spent the night outside with me keeping me company so that I wouldn’t have to be alone. I saw God in these two girls immensely. Through Imago dei I have learned so much about following Jesus. I feel as though following Jesus is a process. This process is one that is impossible to do alone. In Hebrews 10:24-25 it says, “And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.” This means that the church is all about coming together and helping and encouraging one another. Through Imago dei I have learned this to the greatest extents and I am so grateful to be a part of this amazing ministry.

---Audrey Benfer

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