SERVE IN THE COMMUNITY /Sunday Morning / Teach & Mentor / Serve the World

"A community becomes truly and radiantly one when all its members have a sense of urgency in their mission. There are too many people in the world who have no hope. There are too many cries which go unheard. There are too many people dying in loneliness. It is when members of a community realize that they are not there simply for themselves or their own sanctification, but to welcome the gift of God, to hasten his Kingdom and to quench the thirst in parched hearts through their prayer and sacrifice, love and acts of service, that they will truly live in community." - J. Vanier

We know our dependence on God and on each other and we seek to be a community that engages with the needs of those around us. How can you be involved in service at City Church, in Philadelphia, and in the world? Connect with our Diaconate if you need to talk more about finding a space to serve.


Serve in the Community


Meals for the Homeless

City Church is partnering with University City Hospitality Coalition as they provide hot food as well as medical and legal services for the homeless. Want to help serve meals on a Monday night (5:45PM) in August at St. Agatha St. James (38th & Chestnut)? Contact Chris Currie to sign up.


Global Connect: U City

A joint work of several international student ministries at Penn

Many students come from abroad with a suitcase full of gifts for their new American friends and go home with none of them used. 70% of them never see the inside of an American home. Here are some ways your hospitality can connect with them. (Training to avoid cultural mishaps is provided.)

40 Days of Prayer. Starting August 18 join in prayer weekly, daily, or anything in between. Contact Tim with the message "I'm in!" to get info, requests, and updates.

Prayer Walk on Penn Campus. Sunday August 23, 3:30-5:30pm (optional dinner afterwards). Meet at 40th and Locust. For more info contact Dave.

Welcome Party. On Saturday August 29, Tim and Lyn will be hosting a party for returning and incoming international students and scholars to welcome them (back). Help out by dropping off some food (no pork, beef, or alcohol) or join the party and meet the students. This is an excellent way to begin connecting if you aren't sure where to start. Contact Lyn for info.

Connections evenings. On Friday nights at 6pm Tim and Lyn open their home to 15-25 students interested in sharing a free meal followed by a choice of Bible Discussion or English Conversation. Help out by providing food, set up or clean up assistance, or stay and interact with and befriend the students. Contact Lyn for info.

Friendship Hospitality. Open your home or your schedule to students eager to join you in your everyday life. Have a few students over for dinner, bring them on a trip to the store, or spend some time in conversation over coffee. Sign up through a Volunteer Form or get more info from the Newbranders or the Brindleys.

Become a part of what GCUC is doing by filling out a volunteer form:

Global Connect: U City Volunteer Form




Sunday morning Logistics and Hospitality

On any Sunday morning many volunteers work hard to make space for the City Church community to worship in joy and peace. Finding a place on one of these teams is a great way to move towards others.






Teaching and Mentoring

Men and women with the heart and wisdom to minister to children, youth and students are some of our most valuable resources at City Church and in the community. There are a number of ways you can be involved on Sunday or during the week in walking alongside someone younger than you, offering encouragement and showing Christ's love.








Serving Our World

Nicholas Wolterstoff aptly noted, "Shalom is both God's cause in the world and our human calling." Being the body of Christ means being an active, redemptive presence in all the places where God has called our community to live, work, and travel. Many of our mission efforts are led by members of our community with a passion for and connections to specific areas of need.

In Philadelphia, City Church communities have been actively involved in city-wide work days, public school events, refugee resettlement programs, and homeless and hospital ministries. We have supported mission trips to help construction efforts in depressed regions of Appalachia, to teach families living in the city dump of Tegucigalpa, Honduras, to provide help to an orphanage in Port Au Prince, Haiti, and to work with disabled children in Kampala, Uganda.

We continue to look for lasting ways to engage God's mission of renewal in our city and world. If you are interested in initiatives in our City or the world contact our Diaconate.