Missions

Missions

The victims of Hurricane Harvey need your help! Visit the Presbyterian Disaster Assistance webpage to learn how you can make a difference.
Visit:  http://pda.pcusa.org/


Our youth groups are collecting monetary and material donations for Clean Up Buckets to send to PDA, now through October 8, 2017. Donations may be dropped off to our church office or at the Welcome Center in the narthex. Our youth will then assemble buckets and prepare them for shipping after the 10:45 service on October 8. If you or your family would like to participate, please email jbradica@gwyneddsquare.org. See below for the list of materials we are collecting.
Fall Mission In Action Week
Back for the 3rd time this Fall is Mission In Action Week, which will take place from October 29th to November 4thFor those who have not yet experienced, Mission in Action Week is a period when members of our church dedicate time to participating in a community service opportunity. 

There will be hands-on volunteer activities available for all ages, for those who wish to volunteer in a group from our church, or individually; from home, at the location of a mission organization or at our church; on a weekday, evening or a weekend. 

Organizations we will be assisting this year include:
Aid for Friends, Chester Eastside, Habitat for Humanity, Keystone Opportunity Center, Kirkwood Camp, Manna on Main Street and The Village

There will be a sign-up table in the Narthex between October 8th and October 22nd with additional details available on these activities.  Please consider making time for one activity (or more if you like) and signing up.  Let’s see what we can accomplish together!
ALMOST HOME MISSION OPPORTUNITY
One very effective way for the members of Gwynedd Square Church to grow our congregation is to provide important services to our surrounding community. We are already doing so through several of our missions and we now have new opportunities for service through Habitat for Humanity’s Almost Home Program.
 
This unique financial literacy program aims to help families become financially stable. Financial literacy skills are not taught in school systems, resulting in a large knowledge gap when it comes to money management. Habitat receives hundreds of applications for its Home Buying and Critical Home Repair programs, but often families are not financially stable enough to qualify for these programs.
 
The Almost Home Program works with families over an 8-week intensive program to set goals, learn skill sets, and change financial behaviors. Topics covered address the primary skills needed to achieve financial and housing stability, including budgeting, credit, cash flow, debt, project management, dealing with legal issues, planning for retirement, managing student loans, purchasing insurance, writing a resume, obtaining employment, and buying a home.
 
In addition to group classes, each participant works one-on-one with a financial coach to review his/her current financial situation and create a success plan. Financial coaches work with families for a minimum of four hours over the 8-week course and continue to work with the family for one year following the program. Also, Habitat offers childcare and meals free of charge during the program sessions to ensure that a diversity of families can access the services.

 
There are several ways for us to help:
-Coach families
-Teach a class
-Provide child care during a class
-Prepare a meal for a class
 
More information will be provided through the weekly bulletin as class dates are set and specific assignments become known.
 
The Mission and Stewardship Team welcome those interested in participating in the planning stages of Almost Home. Please contact the church office for more information.