Ministries and Missions
There are many ways to live out our callings to care for the earth, love our neighbor and seek God's reign. It is often said that each persons particular calling is to be found where our own passion and the world's great need meet. Here are some of the ministries and missions around which we come together. There are certainly items here (probably many) you can support with prayer, study, or financial gifts, or which you can join through advocacy or by volunteering our time, creativity and energy. Come, God is calling you.
ECUMENICAL FOOD PANTRY IN WHITE PLAINS: We contribute non-perishable food items to our local food pantry, that then distributes them as needed to neighbors in White Plains. We accept donations every day of the week, though worshippers are especially encouraged to bring food donations on the first Sunday of each month as we gather at the Lord's Table. Members of our youth group deliver the food every other week. There are opportunities to deliver food or to give time as a volunteer at the pantry itself. Interested?
SEMI-ANNUAL TAG SALES: Heirs of a long tradition of women's associations in the Presbyterian Church, a group of dedicated volunteers meet twice weekly for fellowship during which time they receive, sort, and repair items donated to the church. Known as the 'Nifty Thrifties' they hold semi-annual tag sales which raise money for the ministry and mission of the congregation. Volunteers are always welcome. Learn how to donate items or to volunteer here.
ANNUAL CHRISTMAS FAIR: Each year during the first three weeks of Advent we hold an alternative giving gift fair. This includes
- A Gift Boutique of recycled holiday items and handmade quilts, with proceeds supporting My Sister's Place in White Plains, which provides services to survivors of domestic abuse;
- Christmas Wreath Sale, sponsored by Boy Scout Troop X;
- A Bake Sale of delicious homemade items to support the self-development programs of Heifer Project International, as well as the opportunity to make purchases through their gift catalog;
- Through our partnership with the Presbytery Prison Partnership we send holiday cards and greetings to men and women in prison. Many of the cards lead to long term correspondence that if life-giving to those on the inside.
THE THRIFT SHOP IN WHITE PLAINS: We are home to this country's oldest thrift shop. Begun in 1916 by women's associations in White Plains and Scarsdale, the Thrift Shop is open every Tuesday, as well as the first Saturday of every month. It is run by the Women's Clubs of White Plains and Scarsdale, the Hitchcock Presbyterian Church and the White Plains Presbyterian Church. To view items for sale and to learn how to volunteer, visit our Facebook page.
HUDSON RIVER PRESBYTERY (HRP) GREEN: White Plains Presbyterian Church is a founding member of our presbytery's environmental partnership, HRP Green. We bring together individuals and congregations for conversation, hold public forums, share best practices, host environmental movie series, and sponsor interfaith advocacy for a sustainable future. Visit us on Facebook.
HRP PRISON PARTNERSHIP: White Plains Presbyterian Church is an active member of the Hudson River Presbytery's Prison Partnership. To learn more about our ministries in the County Jail and State Prison System; re-entry programs; the relationship between incarceration, race, and our legal system; and opportunities to advocate for prison reform, visit the Presbytery Prison Partnership page.
PC(USA) YOUNG ADULT VOLUNTEER PROGRAM: The YAV program allows young adults to commit a year at a time to assigned mission service sites both in the United States and abroad. In addition to commissioning young adults each year and praying for them throughout the year, we have made a three-year financial commitment to support this vital program. Learn more about the program and how to become a young adult volunteer.
We are currently following and praying for
- Carson Smith (Colombia): carsonsmithblog.wordpress.com
- Taylor Garrett (Albuquerque): taylorgarrettyav.wordpress.com
- Sarah Jeanne Shimer (Boston): sarahjeanneyav.wordpress.com
- Lauren Lamonica (chinook): laurieinmontana.wordpress.com
INTERNATIONAL MISSION PARNTERS: We have visited, or have had visits from, Presbyterian Mission Partners and International Peacemakers who carry of vital ministries of justice and peace around the world. We are currently praying for
- Jed and Jenny Kobal, Joining Hands Ministry in Peru
- Dan and Elizabeth Turk, Madagascar
- Herman Kumara, Sri Lanka
- Leslie Vogal and The Protestant Center for Education and Transformation in Guatemala (CEDEPCA)
SHORE /ICARE: We are have, since its inception, supported the work of SHORE, a local organization working to provide affordable housing for low-income residents in Westchester. SHORE stands for "Sheltering the Homeless is our Responsibility." We continue to be a stakeholder. Learn more here.
BREAD FOR THE WORLD: Through our annual Offering of Letters we advocate for the domestic and international priorities to combat hunger and poverty, with a special focus on improving the lives of women and girls. To learn more about the current campaign, and to download or sign online a letter to your elected officials, click here.
BOY SCOUT TROOP X: Scout troops in NY State were early advocates for the welcoming gay youth and adults as scouts and leaders. Our local troop volunteers at the annual church tag sales and maintains the White Plains Heritage Trail (which includes our cemetery). We are proud to sponsor one of the oldest troops in the country. Check out their website.