Monday, April 13
Presbytery of Philadelphia
First Presbyterian Church in Kensington used the occasion of its 200th anniversary to celebrate the church’s legacy while affirming the new and exciting things the Holy Spirit is doing among the congregation of today.
First Kensington sees itself as a primary stakeholder in the community of Fishtown and is therefore committed to prophetic and compassionate witness. With help from the Presbytery of Philadelphia’s Covenant Fund, the church offers a free meal each month in an effort to cultivate fellowship among area residents of all generations. The church has also expanded its food cupboard after initiating a conversation with the New Kensington Community Development Corporation about unmet needs and how they might work together to address them.
That conversation has led First Kensington to start yet another community ministry: a children’s clothing closet. Families in the neighborhood rely upon thrift stores to fill their children’s wardrobes, but prices are simply too high for some neighborhood families. In response, the church is collecting new or lightly used children’s clothing and offering items to the public at no cost during “shopping days” on One of 124 congregations, one new church development, and three fellowships in the Presbytery of Philadelphia, First Kensington is committed to finding new and relevant ways to engage the community by discovering people’s needs and matching the church’s gifts to those needs.
The congregation is excited about the next 200 years!
—Rev. Shawn Hyska, pastor, First Kensington; Rev. James Poinsett, interim pastor, Newtown Presbyterian; Rev. Ruth Santana-Grace, executive presbyter
Let us join in prayer for:
Rev. Ruth Santana-Grace, executive presbyter
Rev. Kevin Porter, stated clerk
Elder Lawrence Davis, business administrator
Amy Ayres, office manager
Andrea Cameron, accounting manager
Luis Mercado, computer consultant and properties manager
Cassie Paulk, administrative assistant
Elder Betsi Moise, administrative assistant
PC(USA) Agencies’ Staff
Let us pray
God of eternity, you call us to be a people faithful to your call. May we find our prophetic hope in your voice. May we find our compassion in the depth of your heart and love. In Jesus, we pray these things. Amen.