Serve Others

We put our faith into action and discover life's true purpose by loving our neighbors as ourselves. Through our Social Action Ministry, Salem provides a variety of opportunities to serve others in Jesus' name.

Scroll down to explore our many ways to give of yourself, and get involved!

Three Great Loves

At Salem, our service to others is informed by the Gospel, and guided by a mission imperative of the United Church of Christ, the Three Great Loves:

  • Love of Neighbor,

  • Love of Children, and

  • Love of Creation.

We emphasize one or more of these three faithful avenues of Christian service throughout the year.

welcoming the stranger

Welcoming the Stranger provides free educational opportunities for immigrants and refugees.

 

Classes are offered in English as a second language, computer skills, and citizenship preparation to adults, regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, religion, or national origin.

 

How and when to help: Volunteer to help instructors and provide hospitality during classes on Tuesday nights.

bucks county housing group

Bucks County Housing Group and the Food Larder at New Britain Baptist Church operate food pantries to serve those in need in Bucks County. Salem members donate non-perishable food items to keep both pantries stocked.

 

How and when to help: Bring non-perishable food to church on Sundays (our children collect it from members during Worship) or during the week. Contact Salem for details.

DOYLESTOWN FISH

Doylestown FISH provides services to people in need, including food, temporary housing, help with prescriptions, rent, utility bills, a bus ticket, or any other emergency short-term need. 

How and when to help: Salem members provide financial support for FISH through our Social Action giving, and members volunteer their time assisting FISH clients. 

care of the environment

Salem takes seriously God's calling to be wise stewards of Creation. Members participate in Earth Day events, recycle, volunteer in the PA Dept. of Transportation Adopt-A-Highway roadside clean-up program, and educate ourselves on environmental issues.

How and when to help: Coordinated through Salem's Social Action Ministry, members engage in annual and ongoing learning and community-action events related to conservation and the environment. Contact Salem to learn more, and join in! 

BLANKET SUNDAY & CROP WALK

Blanket Sunday is held every spring at Salem, to support the Church World Service Blankets Project. CWS distributes thousands of blankets around the world in response to disasters, to shelters, and to community organizations helping the needy.

 

Every fall, the CROP Hunger Walk is an annual community-wide event to raise funds to end hunger at home and around the world.

Subscribe below to our newsletter for updates on Blanket Sunday and the CROP Walk.

CODE BLUE

Code Blue, or the Coalition to Shelter and Support the Homeless, provides emergency shelter to homeless individuals in Bucks County on very cold nights. Shelter sites are churches and other spaces which have appropriate facilities.

Salem members receive training to volunteer to assist at shelter sites on nights it is in operation, or help prepare meals for guests in advance.

BETHANY CHILDREN'S HOME

Located in Womelsdorf, PA, Bethany Children's Home is a United Church of Christ-affiliated residential center for abused and neglected youth. Bethany provides therapeutic, spiritual, and cultural services including psychological treatment, drug and alcohol services, alternative education, community service, and life-skills training.

Salem members support Bethany through our Social Action giving, including annual Christmas gifts for Bethany residents. 

STUFF THE BUS

In Bucks County, 16% of children struggle to have their basic needs met. For these kids, things we may consider ‘basics’ - like back to school supplies - can be hard to come by. We believe it is critically important for all kids to start the school year with the right supplies.

Stuff the Bus is an annual late-summer United Way effort to provide backpacks full of school supplies for 2,000 children.

How to help: Salem is a collection point for school supplies. Members and friends also volunteer to sort and stuff backpacks.

OUR CHURCH'S WIDER MISSION

In the United Church of Christ, one of the ways we are invited to share is through our offerings to Our Church's Wider Mission.

 

OCWM is the way the United Church of Christ helps distribute services, resources, and expertise to all within our faith community who have need. Ministries funded by OCWM include anti racism initiatives, environmental justice, immigration justice, and tools needed to keep local UCC churches strong, effective, and growing.

 

Salem is a "5 for 5" Congregation, meaning we participate fully in the five annual OCWM offerings.

Salem members are invited through the year to make a gift whenever a particular OCWM special offering occurs. 

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Salem United Church of Christ

186 East Court Street

Doylestown, PA 18901

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