“How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news.”Romans 10:14-15
Reaching out to our neighbors and community is a central value at the heart of Calvary Church. You will find an array of opportunities as the seasons and circumstances change.
We send a team to Hillcrest Center nursing home on the second Saturday of each month. We provide a short worship service, a devotional message, and lots of time for listening to, and praying for, the residents.
We are currently unable to visit in person because of Covid-19 restrictions. But Calvary children and families are making encouraging cards, postcards, pictures and small gifts which are delivered to the residents of Hillcrest Center and Hopkins House each week.
Our Food Pantry continues to participate in the fight against hunger by serving our community on the second Tuesday of every month. We supply emergency groceries at no cost to our neighbors. The Pantry serves and provides for disadvantaged/low-income residents, our community seniors and our congregation when needed.
Our annual Basket of Blessings (Thanksgiving baskets) collaboration with Cheltenham High School and the National Optometric Student Association of Salus University provides approximately 60 baskets for Thanksgiving.
The Food Panty has added extra days of distribution to help our neighbors in Cheltenham, Springfield, and Jenkintown Townships during the Covid-19 pandemic. Click HERE for more details.
Sewing Masks for Hospitals
We are helping fill the critical need for masks among our healthcare workers at Abington Hospital. We have plenty of fabric but need your sewing skills. Call the church office at 215.886.0404 if you can help!
Meals for Hospital and Care Center Staffs
Nurses, doctors and other care providers deserve all our thanks and appreciation at this difficult time. We are providing meals for the overnight staff members at Jeanes Hospital, Abington Hospital, and Hillcrest Center. Contact Pastor Dana to learn more.
During the 2019 Christmas season, Calvary partnered with the non-profit Family and Communities (FAMCOM) to launch our very own Angel Tree Ministry. Because of the generosity of the members of Calvary, we were able to bless and provide gifts to children of North Philadelphia who have been impacted by the loss of parent(s) through abandonment, addictions, incarceration or death. When we show the love of Christ it can change everything. We’re looking forward to repeating Angel Tree for Christmas 2020.
Mentoring Young Men
Every Tuesday from October through May, Calvary men are mentoring 7th grade boys at Cedarbrook Middle School. The time is spent building relationships through discussions on how to develop good character, attaining goals, and having good social health. More men are always needed to serve as mentors. Contact Pastor Tom to get involved.
Chosen 300 Ministry to the Homeless
November 2019 marked our fourth year of partnering with Chosen 300 Ministries located at 1116 Spring Garden Street (Center City Philadelphia). We hold a brief worship service and serve a well-balanced meal to a small portion of the homeless community on the second Wednesday of every other odd month (Jan, March, May, etc.) We also provide gifts of personal care items like socks, toothpaste and more.
Living Free Recovery Group
Living Free is a support group for men and women who struggle with life-controlling issues. The group has been meeting for just over one year. In 2019, we had 17 participants learning biblical principles to walk in freedom and the Holy Spirit. The group was meeting every Thursday night at 7 pm in the Welcome Center. They are currently meeting online. Individual counseling has also been offered and given to those attendees who have requested it.
Currently the group is involved in study in the book of Romans called “Completely Free”. It is a discipleship study for anyone who is interested in learning to walk in the Spirit and overcome life-controlling issues. Everyone is welcome whether or not they attend Calvary Church. The Living Free Recovery Group Ministry is led by Rev. Rick Dodridge and Rita Leinheiser.
Hope for Philly/Convoy of Hope
We have partnered with other local churches, businesses, and Pennypacker school to serve the West Oak Lane community. Through Hope for Philly/Convoy of Hope we connected the community with a job fair, social services, school supplies, food, free haircuts, family portraits, and more.