AGAPE love, which Jesus taught was at the core of a life that is good and true, is not simply a passive attitude of tolerance or concern. AGAPE love is an intentionality to promote the well-being of another regardless of merit and without any expectation of anything in return. After we are gathered to grow in our understanding of love and our capacity to love, we are all sent out into the world to be agents of love.
We are all charged during every worship gathering to consider how we might individually use our time, talents, and resources in love and compassion for the sake of restoring well-being and peace to all peoples in the context of our daily lives.
We are also charged to work together corporately in seeking to use our shared energies and resources in love and compassion for the sake of restoring well-being and peace to all peoples in the local community to which we are sent as a congregation. We have adopted a vision for how to do just that with our own buildings and financial resources, and we also support many other community partners in their good and peacemaking efforts.
Philadelphia Presbytery: In 2017, VFPC participated in the Philadelphia Presbytery's 300th Anniversary Campaign, which sought to raise $300,000 to be split among eight local organizations who are working to educate and mentor at-risk children and youth, and to help disrupt the school-to-prison pipeline. Learn more here.
Gemma Services: Gemma (formerly "The Village") works with children, families and communities impacted by trauma to support healing and resilience, to encourage hope and to empower them to realize their greatest potential. They offer residential and outpatient treatment, group living, and supervised independent living. Learn more here.
Laurel House: Laurel House is a comprehensive domestic violence agency, providing direct services throughout Montgomery County, as well as preventative education for students, specialized trainings for professionals, and awareness events for community members. Learn more here.
Norristown Hospitality Center: The NHC provides basic needs and social services to empower those experiencing homelessness and poverty. It was created from true and simple love for people. It is a home during the day for anyone who otherwise would be left hungry, weary or living on the streets. Learn more here.
Upper Merion Emergency Aid: UMEA is a nonprofit aid organization serving the Upper Merion, Montgomery County, Pa. area. Their work includes four major food giveaways, an annual Adopt A Family Holiday Program, a back to school shoe/school supplies give away, and emergency assistance to families in need. Learn more here.
Upper Merion Area Community Cupboard: UMACC is a nonprofit community food pantry nested in the VFPC building that was launched as a partnership between VFPC, the UMA School District, and other members of the local faith and municipal communities. The UMACC provides food donations to the food insufficient residents within the bounds of the UMA School District. Learn more here.
Interfaith Food Pantry: VFPC is one of seventeen sister congregations that supports the Community Interfaith Food Pantry ministry of Grace Lutheran Church in Norristown. Learn more here.
West Kensington Ministries: West Kensington Ministries provides after school programs and mentoring to youth in West Kensington who are at risk or already involved in the justice system. Learn more here.
Neighborhood Meals on Wheels: VFPC supports and nests the local office of Neighborhood Meals on Wheels, which provides meals to to the elderly, homebound, and those who may be recuperating following a hospital or rehabilitation stay. Learn more here.
Charles and Melissa Johnson: VFPC is a supporting partner of Missionaries to Zambia, Charles and Melissa Johnson. They have been invited to help the Church of Central Africa Presbyterian’s Zambia Synod expand its holistic ministry of community development, food security and improved health. Learn more here.
One Great Hour of Sharing: OGHS is a worldwide effort to empower, provide water, supply food, and give relief from disasters. They currently have projects at work in more than 100 nations of the world. VFPC participates in an annual fund and awareness raising season for the sake of OGHS. Learn more here.
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