Opportunities for hands-on mission at PCWS take several forms, including everything from big Summer Mission Projects; to off-site group activities; and Pop-Up Mission Projects during fellowship, immediately following worship.

 

Pop-Up Mission Projects:

Our monthly Pop-Up Mission Projects engage all ages in kit-assembly projects during post-worship fellowship.  Some of our recent projects include Ziploc laundry kits containing detergent pods, dryer sheets and quarters for the clients at BEDS Plus in LaGrange.  And sack lunches for 2ndPresbyterian Church Chicago’s hunger program, filled with tuna, crackers, fruit, granola bars, nuts, and a bottle of water, among other healthy and non-perishable food items.  And bags of trail mix for the Night Ministry in Chicago.

 

Summer Mission Projects:

During the summer of 2019, in partnership with Facing Forward to End Homelessness, we designed a “Welcome Home Basket” for the clients of Facing Forward and challenged our congregation to collect and donate specific household items throughout the summer as part of a project we dubbed “Let’s Make a House a Home”.  The list of items in each basket ran the gamut from toothpaste to laundry detergent to dish towels to toilet paper.  All of the essentials you’d need for your first day in a new home.   We’re happy to say that, together, we were able to fill 50 baskets!  We have another project in the works for Summer 2020 – check back for details soon!

Our summer 2020 project was a successful book drive for Bernie’s Book Bank – read about this amazing summer event by clicking this link!

Let’s Fill the Can!
 
For years, PCWS has supported the food pantry at 2nd Baptist Church in LaGrange with donations of non-perishable food items, delivering several grocery bags of food nearly every week throughout the year.  This spring, as a special Lenten mission project, we challenged ourselves to “Fill the Baskets” and added a 2nd collection point inside the building.  To which we very quickly lost access, due to the Covid-19 virus.  What has happened since has been an astonishing example of a community coming together to help others in a big way.
Quickly re-christened “Let’s Fill the Can!”, we’ve conducted a drive-thru dropoff since the building closed, using a big garbage can and hand-lettered sign, and have encouraged each other, our friends, family and neighbors to remain “connected” to the church by driving by with a donation.  The response has been overwhelming!  The can is emptied regularly and the food packed into large white tubs, which are delivered to 2nd Baptist every Monday morning – most weeks at least 8 tubs, filling the back of an SUV.  Sometimes even more!  Our humble garbage can has helped feed families facing additional health and economic challenges this summer and has given us all an opportunity to stay connected to each other and to our greater community.  Let’s keep filling the can!

 

Off-Site Mission Projects:

Several times a year, groups from PCWS participate in 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.

Helping Out at Magaret’s Village


Fall Yard Cleanup at Margaret’s Village


Group at Feed My Starving Children (Aurora)


Sorting Books at Bernie’s Book Bank


Chicago Food Depository Fresh Produce Delivery

 

Summer Youth Trip

Every summer our high school youth participate in a 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 Summer 2019 work with Appalachian Service Project looked like: 

Alternative Giving Fair: 

During the Advent season, Mission sponsors an Alternative Giving Fair in support of fair-trade and charitable organizations around the world.  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 InternationalLook for our next Fair later this year!