Glenside UCC is a church that is growing. We are growing younger. We are growing in racial and cultural diversity. As an Open and Affirming congregation we reach out to everyone, regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity or expression.
Youth play an important part in our congregation. Our youth choir leads worship once a month and draws member and nonmember families. Either way, the young people know they belong here. We’re preparing to send a group to the National Youth Event in Orlando and a second group of youth and leaders to serve with Appalachia Service Project to repair homes in West Virginia this summer.
At Glenside UCC, on the first Sunday of each month, the children scatter throughout the congregation to gather food items that members bring for the Inter-Faith Food Cupboard and bring them to a “treasure chest” at the front of the sanctuary. The first Sunday is Communion Sunday, and just as Christ shares bread with us from his table, Glenside UCC shares bread with our hungry neighbors. That says a lot about how this congregation understands its faith.
The members of this church love to be personally involved in mission. Every month a group goes to Old First UCC to help prepare breakfast or distribute clothing. Our youth have been involved with Appalachia Service Project for 14 years. An annual Latin American dinner raises money to help internally displaced refugees in Colombia. This year we plan to start a free community meal.