Current Calls to Action
0-Degree Sleeping Bag Collection
Wednesday, February 1 – Sunday, February 19, 2023
Please consider donating a 0-Degree Sleeping Bag for those experiencing homelessness in Southeastern, PA. These will be distributed through the Better Days Ahead charitable organization and will help keep people warm during these winter months. Sleeping bags should be delivered to the Chapel Narthex and put inside the blue bin no later than Sunday, February 19th. Please reach out to Kathy Grim at email@example.com with any questions.
Collecting Aluminum Can Tabs for Ronald McDonald House
Since the inception of the program in 1997, Philadelphia RMH has collected over 200 tons of tabs and over $170,000. All funds go to support the families of seriously ill children staying at the Philadelphia Ronald McDonald House.
Please use a refrigerator magnet to make sure the tabs are aluminum. Many current tabs, like those from pet food cans, are steel, rather than aluminum. Bring your can tabs to St. David’s, to the attention of Liz Colton, or drop them off in the gallon container in the Narthex.
Ongoing Opportunities with our Outreach Partners
Episcopal Community Services
Episcopal Community Services challenges systemic poverty across the Diocese of Pennsylvania by reducing barriers to opportunities and empowering independence, wellness, and stability. St. David’s supports ECS through outreach donations, individual service on the Board of ECS, and in programs sponsored by ECS.
Family Promise of the Main Line
Family Promise (formerly IHN) is a partnership of congregations within a community helping families who are facing homelessness. This organization mobilizes community resources and helps families regain their housing, their independence and their dignity. On several occasions throughout the year, St. David’s hosts families for a week at a time by giving them a place to sleep, and volunteers to make dinner for them.
Upcoming St. David’s Host Weeks
March 12-17, 2023
May 21-28, 2023
July 30-August 6, 2023
October 15-22, 2023
Project Ensonga Sewing Ministry
Ugandan girls without sanitary supplies often stay home from school during their periods, missing up to two months of education and opportunity each year. Project Ensonga makes and distributes sustainable feminine hygiene kits for students in Uganda. Designed by Days for Girls International, the kits are washable and last up to three years. After kits were distributed in other Ugandan schools, absentee rates dropped from 36% to 8%. A few times per month, the Project Ensonga ministry gets together to help sew and assemble these kits.
Red Cross Blood Drives
Throughout the year, St. David’s hosts the Red Cross in holding a blood drive at our Church. The Red Cross is accepting both blood donations and Power Red donations every hour. Power Red donation collects the red cells but returns most of the plasma and platelets to the donor.
Parishioners prepare home cooked meals for clients of this West Chester, PA shelter. Safe Harbor’s mission encompasses food, shelter, and individualized action plans to help people rebuild life skills, reestablish self-esteem and overcome issues that prevent them from leading independent productive lives.
St. Gabriel's Episcopal Church
St. Gabriel’s is an Episcopal parish in Philadelphia that we partner with on their many outreach ministries. Specifically, there is a feeding program on Saturdays that provides food, clothing, and other supplies for the local community. Please contact Leslie Lewis if you are interested in serving.
Each year during the holidays, the St. David’s community collects items to be brought to St. Gabriel’s. The church than distributes these much-needed items to the homeless in the city. Items collected include Blessing Bags during Thanksgiving, and mittens, gloves, hats, and scarves during Christmas time.
St. James School
St. David’s has been involved in supporting St. James School since 2010 in various ways. We have provided seed money for two classroom projects, used our Hammer & Nails Men’s Fellowship for renovations and remodeling projects, supported many Day-of-Service projects, and involved numerous parishioners in vital ministries including one-on-one tutoring, library and literacy support, mentoring, administrative support, and more!
St. John’s Cecil & Grace Bean Soup Kitchen, Norristown
St. David’s is one of several churches that provide meals and volunteers for the Cecil and Grace Bean Soup Kitchen that operates out of St. John’s Episcopal Church in Norristown. Six to ten parishioners and/or staff make their way to St. John’s on the first, fourth, and fifth Wednesdays of each month, with casseroles and soups made by St. David’s parishioners, to feed between 80 and 150 of our hungry brothers and sisters. Check out the recipes found at the link below. St. David’s Youth also serve breakfast on the first Sunday of each month.
St. Mary's Food Cupboard, Chester
Our parishioners fill this food pantry with everything from soup to peanut butter. Every month, St. Mary’s makes a request for a specific item that can be dropped off in the Chapel Narthex. General donations are also accepted.
You may also serve at St. Mary’s on Thursdays from 11:30am to 2pm. For more information, please contact The Rev. Thomas Szczerba.
- January & July: Canned Tuna
- February & August: Pasta and Spaghetti Sauce
- March & September: Canned Soup
- April & October: Peanut Butter and Jelly
- May & November: Canned Tuna
- June & December: Canned Juice, Canned Tuna, Peanut Butter
Women's Fellowship Feeding Ministry
The Women’s Fellowship meets in the kitchen on the Second Monday of the month from 10am-12pm to prepare meals for the St. David’s feeding ministries. No cooking (or other!) skills required, just a desire to join in fellowship and contribute meals for our local partners. All of the ingredients will be provided. Please also bring a non-perishable food item for our ongoing food collection!
The Gift Shop & Art Gallery at St. David's
Located on the church’s main floor adjacent to the reception desk, The Gift Shop features gifts crafted by artisans from all over the world as well as fashionable vendors. There are also greeting cards, books, Bibles and a variety of religious items to support your spiritual life. The Art Gallery features paintings, photography, and pottery art by local artists, also for sale. Not only is the shop & gallery a wonderful resource for all of your gift-buying needs, it is a significant resource for funding the church’s international outreach programs in Cuba, Guatemala, and Uganda.
St. David’s is blessed to have three international ministries: Cuba, Guatemala, and Uganda. Between these locations, St. David’s parishioners have built homes, schools, hospitals, and churches that have touched thousands of lives, as well as provided scholarships for children to attend school.
St. David's Cares Grants
St. David’s Outreach Commission assists programs seeking to make God’s love known to all of God’s children through our St. David’s Cares Grant Program. We specifically seek to help organizations that involve St. David’s parishioners in hands-on ministries.
Thanksgiving Blessing Bags
Thanks to your support, we delivered 150 Thanksgiving bags with food and gift cards for our outreach partners at St. Gabriel’s and St. Mary’s! Please reach out to The Rev. Thomas Szczerba, Jr. with any questions.
2022 Lenten Toiletries & Menstrual Care Drive Thanks
Thank you for your support of our Lenten Menstrual Care and Toiletries Drive! We filled the collection bin four times over and we delivered the much-needed supplies to our two partners: No More Secrets and Redeemed for a Cause.
You can follow each organization on Facebook to see how they are continuing their ministries with your support.
Past Forum Appearances
Outreach lead Adult Forums January 30-February 27, 2022
From January 30 – February 27 our subject was Living Our Faith: Outreach. This 5-week series on faith in practice included visits from many of our local outreach partners.
January 30 – St. John’s & St. Mary’s – Alison Hastings and Ned Miller (watch again!)
February 6 – Episcopal Community Services – The Rev. David Anderson (who also preached) and Mr. Ken Anderson (watch again!)
February 13 – No More Secrets – Lynette Medley and Nya McGlone, in partnership with Project Ensonga (watch again!)
February 20 – St. James School – The Rev. Andrew Kellner and Head of School, Mr. David Kasievich (watch again!)
February 27 – Redeemed for a Cause – Sakinah Love, in partnership with Project Ensonga (watch again!)