We do not dwell in a peaceful urban world where every need is met, every community is held in equal respect, and every stranger is welcomed. But there is hope. Both acknowledging what is wrong and living differently are essential parts of the Christian witness.
— Mark Gornik

To get involved, reach out to the listed contacts. Subscribe to our newsletter below to stay current on other service opportunities. 


University city hospitality coalition

We began working with UCHC in the Summer of 2015. Volunteer opportunities include prepping and serving Saturday lunches, participating in a bi-annual toiletry distribution, and during the summer months and around the holidays, serving Friday night dinner at Woodland Presbyterian. 



Lea Elementary has the strengths and stresses of most urban schools. With high poverty levels and over 30 languages spoken in the homes of its students, Lea must work very hard to bring every student to a place of thriving. One way City Church supports Lea is through participation in a tutoring program for 1st graders. Volunteers receive training and are matched with a struggling reader. Through weekly meetings and positive relationships, engagement and success grows for students. Volunteers grow as well, encountering the difficulties children of our city endure while gaining a specific face to love, serve and attend to in prayer.


Redemption Housing

Redemption Housing is a transformational recovery organization that offers faith-based programming and community support to Philadelphians coming out of incarceration. Returning citizens, as such individuals are known, face significant challenges in finding work, community, and purpose after a prison term. This is a recent partnership that our deacons began exploring. 



YoungLives Philadelphia is a nonprofit that empowers and equips teen moms to become productive citizens in their community by engaging mature Christian women to provide teen mothers in crisis with timely encouragement, guidance, and ongoing support. There are currently YoungLives clubs in the N. Broad, Olney, and Kensington neighborhoods of Philadelphia. Monica Horvath, a City Church member, is the Director for Philadelphia YoungLives and has been leading a monthly prayer gathering in advance of starting a West Philadelphia YoungLives club.