PCWS offers lots of opportunities for “hands-on” mission, made a little more challenging during the pandemic, but we have adapted and have continued to serve through our big Summer Mission Projects; outdoor collection sites; off-site outdoor group activities; and outdoor Pop-Up Mission Projects.
PCWS Holds Bernie’s Book Bank Drive-Thru Collection Event
Let’s Fill the Can!
Especially during the pandemic, this humble can has helped feed families facing any number of additional health and economic challenges and has led to a wonderful, sustainable partnership in ministry with our brothers and sisters at 2nd Baptist.
Let’s keep filling the can!
Pop-Up Mission Projects:
We love our Pop-Up Mission Projects! When we’re able to gather, these “mini” projects engage all ages in kit-assembly projects, generally during the post-worship fellowship, and have included: Ziploc laundry kits with detergent pods, dryer sheets, and quarters for the clients at BEDS Plus in LaGrange; sack lunches for 2ndPresbyterian Church Chicago’s hunger program, filled with tuna, crackers, fruit, granola bars, nuts, and a bottle of water; and bags of trail mix for the Night Ministry in Chicago.
During the summer, gathering outside, our children in Vacation Bible School completed similar projects. Our older children assembled laundry kits and our younger children assembled shelf-stable meals filled with mac & cheese, crackers, fruit, granola bars, chips, and bottles of water, among other healthy and non-perishable food items. Both of these projects helped the clients at BEDS Plus in Lagrange.
Off-Site Mission Projects:
When able, groups from PCWS also actively seek out opportunities for hands-on mission work in the community. Mostly all-ages projects, the work ranges from a full day of repair and general “house” work at Margaret’s Village to a three-hour shift at Greater Chicago Food Depository, Feed My Starving Children, or Bernie’s Book Bank, one of our newer partners.
Summer Youth Trip
Also, when able, our high school youth participate in an annual summer mission project which takes them into some of the neediest regions of the United States. For decades, youth have spent a week working on mostly housing-related projects in areas as diverse as the Pacific Northwest and Appalachia and several places in between. Here’s what our most recent, pre-pandemic, Summer 2019 work trip with Appalachian Service Project looked like:
Alternative Giving Fair:
During the Advent season, Mission sponsors an Alternative Giving Fair to support fair-trade and charitable organizations around the world. When we’re able to gather in person, there are always a wide variety of gift items available for purchase, as well as opportunities to learn about and donate directly to any number of organizations, including Heifer International.
While the last two Fairs have been virtual, we’ve not been shopping, but have still managed to provide meaningful financial support to several of our traditional mission partners!