Mission and Outreach
Mission is defined as service as a reflection of God's love to those beyond our congregation.
Mission activity of the Presbyterian Church at Shrewsbury is coordinated through the Church and Society Committee but in fact many other groups conduct their own mission projects. For example the church youth have supported Cardboard Box City to raise funds, thru Family Promise, for homeless in Monmouth County and the women's group, Mission Belles, continually collects foodstuffs for the St. Anthony of Padua food pantry thru their Manna project. Virtually every major activity of the Church has a mission element.
Making monetary gifts is often the most effective way to 'do' mission if the recipients are at a distance. Through the denomination and ChurchWorld Service (CWS), we sponsor a total of four special collections each year - Blanket/Tools of Hope (CWS), One Great Hour of Sharing, PeaceMaking and Christmas Joy. Other funds from the Church budget and special gifts/bequests are dispersed to met needs both locally and internationally. In recent years these have included the Salvation Army, Brave Beginnings pre-school, MOSAIC for interfaith awareness, Doctors Without Borders, the International Rescue Committee, and Kids Alive! in the Dominican Republic.
|Money as important as it is, is only a part of our outreach. We work to get the greater congregation involved in 'hands on' mission by serving as a support congregation to Family Promise, feeding their clients five times each year, rallying walkers each year for the Red Bank CROP walk (CWS) to fight hunger locally and beyond, and serving Sunday Dinner at The Center in Asbury Park to AIDS patients and their caregivers each September.|
Mission at our church reflects an 'attitude of gratitude' for the many gifts we have been given. If someone has a good mission idea, they will find support for that idea here.