We collect non-perishable foods every week at Advent in support of the West Chester Food Cupboard, because as they say "No one should go hungry!" Every year, Advent members donate over 3,000 pounds to this organization, which serves 500 households, or about 1,600 individuals every month. Furthermore, Advent members are encouraged to donate gift cards, or perishable items, directly to the Food Cupboard and they may also donate their time. For additional information click: West Chester Food Cupboard
This ministry helps to support the Domestic Violence Center of Chester County (DVCCC) in its mission to help victims of domestic violence become survivors. Volunteers set up and decorate a Christmas tree (in July) with envelopes for donations to DVCCC. The ministry coordinators publicize the events, seek donations from the quilting group to raffle, coordinate a breakfast that takes place on the last Sunday of July during the 9 AM worship service, and request bakers to donate baked goods and crafts to sell at the breakfast and tally the results of the fund raising events. At the service, a speaker from DVCCC makes a short presentation and shares ways people can become involved to support this mission. Fund-raising experience is always welcome. In each of the past two years, Advent has raised over $4,000, including matching funds from Thrivent Financial, to support the work of DVCCC.
For additional information click on: DVCCC
The Salvation Army in West Chester provides dinner for 30 or so people every night. Advent does one meal per month on the third Monday of every month. This ministry needs people willing to provide and cook food. Inexperienced volunteers can be paired with people who have experience in preparing meals for large numbers of people. For more information about the meals, contact Erna Graham, Phone number (610) 431-6229.
For additional information click on: Salvation Army
Quilts are prayerfully produced for children to be baptized, for members with serious illnesses and for those moving to assisted living, hospices, or the Veterans Hospital. Items used in church service are repaired. Banners, baptismal napkins, communion linens, Christmas bags, pot holders and pillowcases are also prepared. The group meets on the second Thursday of each month, from 9 a.m. to noon, but quilters can also donate time worked at home. Members of Advent also crochet prayer shawls. Non-quilters are welcome to attend. For more information about the quilting activities at Advent,. led by Mary Alice James, please contact the church office at 610-436-0807.
Why we give a gift of a Baptismal blanket to each child being baptized at Advent.
In December, 1999, Advent member Kelly Leigh Wylie was diagnosed with cancer. She refused treatment because she was pregnant, and did not want to risk any harm to her unborn child. Noah Kelland States was born prematurely on February 12, 2000, weighing little more than 3 lbs. Kelly then immediately began her treatment. God called Kelly home on March 5, 2002. As her family maintained a vigil of several weeks at her hospital bedside, many family members, church members, and unknown prayer partners, lifted this entire family in prayer every day. And, although the family knew they were being lifted in prayer, the thought came to us that it would be nice to have a “visual” sign of that loving support - a “Blanket of God’s Love” for Kelly, to keep her warm in body and spirit.
At Kelly’s Memorial Service, we used blue-checked gingham to decorate the Fellowship area – it was Kelly’s favorite pattern. We now sew onto each quilt a piece of the gingham used in March, 2002.
It is in loving memory of Kelly Leigh Wylie that we share a “Blanket of God’s Love”, praying that it will always be a reminder that you are never alone. May you always feel God’s love and presence in your life!
Advent collects new full size (not hotel sample) bars of soap, liquid soap and shampoo to support Act in Faith. Place donated items in the basket in the Narthex (Lobby) area of the church.
ACT in Faith of Greater West Chester
212 S. High St. (basement of the Church of the Holy Trinity)
484 FAITH WC (324-8492)
Community Groups/Organizations meeting at Advent