Our church’s vision statement is to “Love and Serve through Christ.” It is our belief that we can only do that if we are an active and purposeful presence and resource of service to our community in meaningful ways. We have a number of ways in which our members (and non-members) currently serve:
- Food Pantry – Our food pantry serves as the only one in Radnor Township. Serving over 35 families every month, we provide 1 grocery bag of non-perishable food items per household per week (while supplies last) to families in need. For information about how you can support us or for our food pantry distribution hours, visit our food pantry page.
- Radnor Township Civic Association (RTCA) – The RTCA is the only African-American-owned civic center on the Main Line, and has provided a low-cost resource for wedding receptions, community gatherings, after-school tutoring, and social clubs for nearly a century. During the Great Depression, it housed the homeless, and stood the test of time until 2014 when its doors had to close due to water damage. Our journey with them began in Christmas 2015, when our church family committed our Christmas Challenge funds ($18,500) towards the refurbishment of the RTCA. This launched a new wave of interest in this local landmark that resulted in not merely monetary involvement but multiple community workdays that have helped with repairs, new equipment installments, and many opportunities for the community to get involved. Although it had been in disrepair for a season, RTCA is well on its way back to full service in our community. Since then, we have continued to partner with RTCA; and five other churches in our community, Radnor Township, Villanova University, and concerned individuals and neighbors have pulled together to re-open RTCA’s doors and return to service in our community!
- Chosen 300 / Homeless Ministry – Every other month, our church prepares, cook, provides hospitality, and serves a meal to the homeless at Chosen 300’s Pottstown location. This meal is accompanied with worship and a short message, all coordinated by our own volunteers. This partnership with Chosen 300 and its leaders began Christmas Eve 2016, when our church family family’s volunteers chose to spend their Christmas Eve giving back by serving the homeless in our very first Chosen 300 meal. All involved could not deny that it was not merely the hungry who were profoundly blessed that night, and the joy of that experience was greater than any money could buy—and so, our church continues this ministry on a regular basis, having seen that it is a far greater gift to give than it is to receive.
- 5th Sunday Community Service Worship – Every month that has a 5th Sunday, our church offers the opportunity to worship through service in place of our regular 9:15AM worship gathering. Our service projects have included health kits for the homeless, food drive organization, workdays at the Radnor Township Civic Association, and even assembling school kits for children in impoverished areas. Everyone in our church and our community is invited to participate in these 5th Sunday worship experiences. (Our regular 10:30AM worship service will always take place as usual on these 5th Sundays.) To read more or find out about our next opportunity to worship through service, visit our page on 5th Sundays!
- Community Hospitality & Outreach Events – We strive to serve as a resource for the building up and development of neighborly relationships with our local friends and neighbors. As such, we open our doors often and regularly through the following events and more!
- Wayne Tree Lighting and Carriage Rides – Every year on a Friday evening in December, downtown Wayne decks itself out for the Christmas season! Hosted and organized by the Wayne Business Association, this is a great night for families to experience the tree-lighting by the Wayne train station, carriage rides, and a number of other special holiday events sponsored by local businesses. Our church family uses this evening to extend hospitality to carriage-riders while we decorate our sanctuary with holiday greenery and decorations! Our restrooms are open to the public, and patrons of the carriage rides may warm up with a cup of hot chocolate and partake of Christmas treats in our front entryway. Be sure to see our beautiful building as you stroll around Wayne this holiday season!
- 210 Live! – June 2nd, 2017 marked our very first 210 Live! event, an open-air live-music concert on our front lawn, featuring performances from local bands (Savior Soul and Jimi Kenrick) and food provided by Abuelita’s Empanadas food truck! The Giving Bean also provided cold brew coffee to our patrons. Our first event was a huge success, proving to be a great night of live entertainment, solid community, and family fun. All proceeds from coffee sales at the event benefited 2 local vital causes: our church’s food pantry and the Radnor Township Civic Association. We look forward to our next 210 Live! event and hope that it continues to make our friends and neighbors in Wayne feel welcome!
- Memorial Day Parade Hospitality – Honoring our veterans is important to us here at Wayne Church. And since the Wayne Memorial Day parade always concludes at the war memorial across from our front lawn, we choose to extend hospitality on that day to veterans and parade-attendees by opening our doors to provide access to our restrooms, and offer a free treat (i.e. a soft pretzel or snack) as a small gesture of hospitality to honor the day and those whom it recognizes.
- Blood Drives – We (usually annually) serve as a location for blood drives through the American Red Cross. To inquire if we are hosting one in the near future, please email us – firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Other Community Concerns