Helping with the various mission efforts available through HPPC is one of the best ways to make friends in the church, while serving Christ and helping others. Anyone, not just members, is invited to join a service team.Our church’s mission statement calls us to reflect Christ’s love and character through service. Members collect school supplies for migrant families in the summer, food for End 68 Hours of Hunger during Lent, and gifts for needy children during the Christmas season. Teams assist First Presbyterian Church by serving breakfast to the homeless on the first Saturday of each month, except December. Service begins at 8:00 am and concludes around 10 am. If you wish to help at either First Presbyterian or other service projects, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call the church office.
A recently formed partnership with Thornwell’s Building Families program allows us to become even more involved with our community. Hyde Park Presbyterian will serve as “home base” for a specially trained social worker who will provide services to families who are struggling; folks like grandparents as parents, children in families involved in divorce, or children in a newly blended family are some examples.
We host the pantry and packing facility for End 68 Hours of Hunger, Tampa. Each weekend over 70 Tampa families receive food to help them bridge the gap for the approximately 68 Hours between lunch on Friday and breakfast on Monday at school. The End 68 program has no paid employees and is supported by volunteers who purchase food, pack bags and deliver them to the offices of participating schools. From there, a school employee delivers the food to the individual students in need. The students take the food home on Friday afternoon. The cycle starts again, every week. We can always use volunteers to donate food or to help in the packing and distribution of the food. Click here for more information about this.
Members also support, with their offerings, charities that focus on providing basic needs to people who need a hand up. These include Faith Cafe, Metropolitan Ministries, BethEl Mission, Meals on Wheels, Feeding America Tampa Bay and Judeo Christian Health Clinic. For the past five years, we have supported a nursing student in Haiti through Haiti Nursing Foundation and she is now training to become an instructor in the school. A new student is now under our care and support.
If you have any questions, or would like more information about any of the mission opportunities, or to be added to an email list that will update you with service and missions events, please send an email to:
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