Messiah Anglican Church Update

Messiah Anglican Church moved last November into a church building on a busy corner in Germantown, a neighborhood within the city of Philadelphia. After two door-to-door outreaches at Christmas and Easter, we were ready to invite the community to the grounds for an End of Summer Celebration with food, fellowship, and free backpacks filled with school supplies for kids grades K-4. The Lord provided in our prayerful preparation: a parishioner found amazing deals on the school supplies - $5/backpack for top-quality, a family donated the 24 backpacks, and we came under budget on food thanks to a Costco sale on hot dogs!

The event itself was successful. We met and served food to about 50 neighbors. We had great conversations. One man approached and exclaimed, “Are you guys opening up the church again?” He had been involved with a previous congregation when he was younger and was happy to hear there is an active group here again.

We gave away 18 backpacks with the school supplies. Children in the parish had also made friendship bracelets for kids coming to the outreach, and they were delighted. One child even asked to take a second one for their friend!
And the new relationships are ongoing.

We are following up with those who left us their contact information. The block captain visited a service, and just last Sunday a woman who lives down the street approached Dcn. Arica and Isaac Demme on the sidewalk to share that someone in her family had died and that she is intending to come to a service soon. Please join us in prayer for our neighbors and that God will show us ways that we can continue to be conduits of God’s love to them.