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Volunteer Needs

H. O. E (Holy Order of Environmentalists) 
Thursday Mornings beginning at 9:30 a.m.
Whether you help for a single day or decide to stay,  our Holy Order of Environmentalists will appreciate your efforts! Each Thursday morning from March until November, volunteers gather to weed, prune, clean up fallen branches, divide overgrown perennials, and add a few new pieces of greenery here and there. Whatever the state of your gardening skills or interest, there is a place here for them to flourish. Given a property this size and a season this rainy, the task is daunting; every pair of hands makes a difference! If you would like to help but Thursday mornings don't suit your schedule, please be in touch with coordinator Barbara Hirshfeld (church directory - login required). She will gladly help you make arrangements.

Broad Street Ministry Menders 
Thursday Mornings - once monthly
There is a niche ministry organized by SPC within Broad Street Ministry. It is a ministry of mending. While that may sound a bit strange, there really is a need for clothing repair - from tasks as small as sewing on a button to replacing zippers. Every Thursday during the "Breaking Bread" meal at noon, there are many helpful services available (legal help, basic health screenings, haircuts, clothing closet, etc.). And there are volunteers who sew to provide mending. A new sewing machine has been purchased (thanks to ACS funding) and we have a cadre of volunteers that take turns in pairs on Thursdays traveling to BSM for about 3 hours to do whatever mending is needed. Call Barb Lappen (membership directory - login required) if you are interested in being part of this ministry. You may find your own spirituality mended as you repair worn clothing for others.
Material Donations:
 There are some specific needs for materials as well: black or blue denim for patching, iron on patches, buttons, especially larger ones for coats, thread, needles, tape measure, scissors, pins, pin cushion, standard metal bobbins, small sewing kits, a divided plastic box for sorting buttons, a heavy duty extension cord and a power strip. Bring donations to the church office any time it is open. 

Please call Barb if you are able to help (or even be a sub) on Thursdays. Thank you. 

Teaching Children's Education Classes
Sunday mornings, schedule flexible
If you are interested in teaching others and further developing your own faith, children's ministry coordinator Ashley Charles would love to hear from you! Needs are great as we try to nurture the children of our church through our Sunday morning church school programs. To learn a little about each class, visit the Children's Education page. To discuss possibilities with Ashley, either call her at at 610-543-4712 x118 or email her at spcchildren@swarthmorepres.org.   

Shawl Ministry
Volunteers work on their own time to knit or crochet shawls that might provide some tangible warmth to members for friends and relatives of members in need of a little uplifting. The prayers, we often say, are knitted right into the shawls! Patterns for your work are available at the Shawl Ministry website; hard copies can be found on the bulletin board outside the church office. Finished work can be brought to the church office at any time. Associate Pastor Sarah Cooper earight, in collaboration with deacons and input from members that pass on concerns, ensures that shawls get to those who will benefit from their warmth. Visit our Shawl Ministry page for more information.

Chancel Choir
Thursdays 7:30 p.m. September through May
Our Chancel Choir, which rehearses Thursday evenings at 7:30 in Loeffler Chapel, welcomes newcomers interested in being part of this ministry. For more information, visit our Music page. Questions? Contact our Director of Music, Jeff DeVault. 


Volunteer Needs of Local Organizations: 
Most organizations are supported by SPC's Outreach budget.
Our Local Outreach webpage provides information on many of these organizations. 


Take my life and let it be consecrated, Lord, to thee.
Take my moments and my days; let them flow in endless praise.
Take my hands and let them move at the impulse of thy love.
Take my feet and let them be swift and beautiful for thee.

From the hymn, "Take My Life" 
by Frances Ridley Havergal