At Advent, we are exploring many ways that we might, together or as individuals, learn to love as God loves.
- The Food Pantry at St. John’s Lutheran Church/H.A.T. Packs
The Church of the Advent supports the work of our local food-bank through donation of goods, money and time. Several of our members are faithful volunteers and would love to talk about the time they spend supporting this important local endeavor.
H.A.T. Packs is a community-based non-profit organization serving the Hatboro-Horsham School district. In its infancy, the Church of the Advent gave its founding members several rooms in their basement. The program’s growth and the onset of COVID-19 took HATPacks to St. John’s Lutheran where the program provides week-end packs of food to children who qualify for free and reduced lunches, but who may not have sufficient food on the week-ends. Volunteers gather each week to assemble bags of items that have been donated by businesses, churches and other local organizations. Currently H.A.T. Packs serves over 300 children.
- Welcoming the Stranger
Welcoming the Stranger, a Bucks and Montgomery County program to teach English language skills and computer class to immigrants will return to the Church of the Advent in the fall of 2022. On Wednesdays, one-on-one instruction to learn computer skills was offered. The Thursday group was learning English language skills. These classes are currently being offered virtually through the summer.
Visit Welcoming the Stranger’s website for a list of current classes or to register for a class online. See our calendar for specific dates in the fall.
- Christmas Baskets
In October, our Parish begins to fill boxes with food and other items to be delivered to St. John’s for the Christmas season. Modified due to the continued pandemic, this collection will focus not so much on foodstuffs but on items that are typically not covered by SNAP benefits. Gift cards to purchase perishables are also included in this collection.
- Caring for Friends (formerly Aid for Friends)
Church of the Advent supports an organization serving the homebound and medically disadvantaged in Philadelphia and the five-county surrounding region. At least two or three times each year, our congregants participate in a group Cook-In where parishioners contribute entrees, sides, and desserts for approximately 150 meals. Parishioners also contribute meals and soups to the freezer in our basement.
- Collections for those in Need
Whether it is school supplies needed by students at area schools, layette items for a new mother’s ministry, blue jeans for the Philadelphia homeless, or collecting for refugees from Afghanistan, our parishioners give what they can and our volunteers who collect the supplies can always use a helping hand in organizing and delivering the items.