Local Mission Partners
At Thompson Church we attempt to answer God's call to serve those in need. We support a variety of local, regional, and global ministries, not only with donations, but also through the personal involvement of members and friends of our congregation who give their time and talents. The outreach opportunities presented below are supported by the hands-on participation of members and friends of our church. We encourage you to get involved in our support of these important ministries. May God bless the efforts of each of us as we respond to God's call to serve those in need in our local community and beyond.
Below the description of each mission partner is a link to allow you to contact the Thompson Church member who serves as the point-person for that mission. This is a great way to learn more about the mission or to get involved.
Aid for Friends
Aid for Friends serves people in need who are primarily elderly and isolated. Aid for Friends serves the greater Philadelphia area by preparing free, home-cooked meals that are delivered by volunteers who also spend time with the recipients. We encourage anyone who is interested to help out with either of the following:
- Bringing food items to the church once a month to be used for our meal preparation
- Assembling 100 meal trays at 9:00 a.m. on the second Tuesday of each month to be delivered to the Aid for Friends' headquarters in Philadelphia for distribution
- or October we are asking our TMPC cooks to make chili at home and then bring it in to the Aid for Friends freezer. You can pick up individual chili containers under The Table of Well Wishing. Chili will be due on Sunday, October 11. If you have any questions, please call Susan Achenbach or Holly Tomkovicz
Fisherman's Mark is an organization that serves the low-income population in the greater New Hope/Lambertville area. It operates a food pantry, a Latino outreach program, and the Lambertville Academy, which is an educational program for children in kindergarten through age 14. Its mission is to help its clients address their own needs and to encourage self-reliance and responsibility. Volunteers are needed to assist with the food pantry and other services, such as tutoring or ESL instruction.
Fisherman’s Mark is a nonprofit, social-service agency that serves those in need on both sides of the Delaware River. If you are looking for a way to get involved in a backyard mission that is doing something important, then please consider volunteering at Fisherman’s Mark in their food pantry or office. They also need volunteers who are skilled carpenters, tutors, and event-planners. Nancylee Moore and Michelle Summerson are actively involved and would both be happy to tell you more about this special place. You can also pick up a brochure on The Table of Well Wishing.
Good News Home for Women
The Good News Home for Women in Flemington, New Jersey provides a Christian, long-term, residential treatment program to overcome alcohol or chemical dependencies through a holistic, non-denominational approach to healing the mind, body, and spirit. Our mission funds support this ministry. We invite volunteers to assist with administrative needs and also to help with fitness training, tutoring, crafts, and building upkeep.
Kirkwood-Brainerd’s mission is to strengthen the church of Jesus Christ by enabling children, youth, families, and adults to begin or to deepen their experience of God in the context of nature and a caring Christian community centered on the Word of God. Nestled in a hidden valley in the foothills of the Pocono Mountains near Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania, Kirkwood-Brainerd is a beautiful 292-acre sanctuary with meadows and woodlands with abundant wildlife. Mountain ridges and Pocono Creek punctuate the serene beauty of Kirkwood-Brainerd. Accredited by the American Camp Association, Kirkwood-Brainerd offers a full range of summer camp experiences for all ages, including Traditional Camps, Arts Camps, and Adventure Camps.
Kirkwood-Brainerd also offers a variety of fall, winter, and spring retreats and events for youth as well as families. Our church supports the camp by holding work days throughout the year; in addition some of our middle school youth attend their mission camp in the summer, which is a combination camp/work session.
Life Abundant Ministries
Life Abundant's mission is to bring the Gospel of Jesus Christ to men and women who are in Bucks County Correctional Facility or in the Bucks County Rehabilitation Center with the hope of breaking the cycle of repeated imprisonment by introducing inmates, ex-offenders, and their families to Jesus Christ. For men and women who are interested, Life Abundant provides small-group studies and fellowship. Inmates may also work with volunteers on a one-on-one basis for the purpose of building personal relationships with positive people.
Morrisville Food Center
The Morrisville Food Center helps people in need by providing non-perishable groceries (and other fresh, frozen, or baked foods, when available), as well as personal care items. The Center relies on volunteers for a variety of tasks: to pack food bags and stock cupboards on Monday evenings; to assist clients on Wednesdays from 8:45 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.; to pick up purchased and donated food on Tuesdays and Thursdays; and to help with planning, publicity, fundraising, and administration.
Operation Christmas Child
Operation Christmas Child is a ministry run by the Billy Graham-affiliated ministry, Samaritan's Purse. Each year, in the late fall, our church participates in packing shoeboxes filled with Christmas gifts. They will be distributed through Operation Christmas Child and sent to children in need around the world. Since 1993, more than 100 million boys and girls in over 130 countries have experienced God's love through the power of simple shoebox gifts from Operation Christmas Child.
Every year, hundreds of thousands of students, including our youth and their leaders, participate in the Famine. They go without food for 30 hours, experiencing hunger firsthand. In the process, they learn about world hunger and raise funds to support World Vision's programs, which feed children and families around the world who face hunger every day.
Trenton Area Soup Kitchen
The Trenton Area Soup Kitchen serves meals to more than 3,000 people each week. Our church assists in serving the mid-day meal one day each month from 9:15 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. After serving, the group stops for lunch together.
UrbanPromise Trenton is a Christian organization that offers after-school programs, a summer camp, alternative schooling, and tutoring. In addition UrbanPromise Trenton provides job and leadership training as well as other programs designed to promote self-sufficiency and civic responsibility among urban youth. Our church currently assists with UrbanPromise Trenton's governance, summer camp, and after-school programs. We are seeking volunteers to help meet building and maintenance needs and to grow our support of the after-school programs, tutoring, and mentoring.
The Village serves at-risk girls and their families in the Philadelphia area through extensive community-based programs, including foster care, mental health support, residential treatment, and early-intervention services. Each year our church delivers backpacks, filled with school supplies, to The Village for children in need.