Missions and Outreach are important and essential components of our Christian faith. Over the years we have been involved in a number of outreach initiatives to help those in need in our community, our county, our country, and the world. Some of our many projects include:
IHN (Interfaith Hospitality Network)
IHN of Hunterdon County ministers to the needs of low-income and homeless families and women by providing temporary housing, meals, and other physical needs through a network of committed congregations throughout the county. Several times during the year, we provide dinners to IHN guests when they stay at the nearby Rockaway Reformed Church. We also supply clothes, supplied and food on an as-needed basis.
Starfish Food Pantry
Several times throughout the year we take up collections of food to donate to the Readington Starfish Food Pantry, which distributes food to needy families in the community.
CROP Hunger Walk
CROP stands for “Communities Responding to Overcome Poverty.” CROP Hunger walks are community-wide events sponsored by Church World Service and organized by local volunteers to raise funds to end hunger. Every year church members walk in this annual fundraiser to help ease hunger and poverty both locally and internationally.
Members of the church have gone on several mission trips to help those in need. A team of volunteers has made several trips to New Orleans to help Hurricane Katrina victims as part of the St. Bernard Project. The volunteers lent their construction skills to build and repair homes that will house the area homeless.
Volunteers have also made several trips to West Virginia to work with Wellspring of Greenbrier County to help needy families improve their homes, including electrical work and the building of wheelchair ramps.
A team of youth and adult volunteers has made several trips to Sussex County, NJ, to help needy families with home repairs.
Other Outreach Programs
We are a longtime supporter of ChildFund International – we sponsor a young boy, Luis, who lives in Equador. We also support the Red Bird Mission of Kentucky, which collects supplies that are distributed to people in need in Appalachia. Every Communion Sunday we take up a special collection which is given to a different charitable cause each month. As you can see, we are a very busy and giving church community!