Local Mission

local“ … for I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you gave me clothing, I was sick and you took care of me, I was in prison and you visited me.”

— Matthew 25: 35-36


Asking for the Lord’s help, Paoli Presbyterian Church seeks to serve struggling families in our area by providing a community food pantry and operating a furniture-distribution warehouse, among other efforts. We help with outreach to the homeless and addicted in Chester, PA, and work to strengthen a Christian school in Philadelphia. These are among the local mission projects we support with our dollars, our volunteer labor and our prayers, all in the name of Jesus.


Church-based programs:


The PPC FOOD CLOSET is a member-provider of the Chester County Food Bank. In addition to monthly food distribution for families in need, we provide special food baskets to help families celebrate Christmas, Thanksgiving, and Easter.

The PPC COMMUNITY GARDEN PROJECT provides fresh seasonal produce for the Food Closet and other community needs.

The PPC FURNITURE MINISTRY operates from a warehouse in Frazer. Volunteers go out on Wednesday evenings to pick up gently used furniture donated by people in the community. We distribute the furniture on Saturday mornings to families that register by calling the church. Good-quality single beds and dressers are needed the most. *More…

The PPC MISSION HOUSE serves as guest quarters for global missionary families on home leave and for international student-families. The families become our missionaries-in-residence and are integrated into the life of the church. The current residents are a family from Zambia.

The PPC “WINTER WONDERS” program is a Christmas event in which well over 140 families from the Tredyffrin/Easttown and Great Valley school districts participate. The program offers assistance with family Christmas presents, and includes a festive meal and entertainment.

“25,000 MEALS” is part of our annual “Big Day” at the church. We work with the Stop Hunger Now organization to assemble and package 25,000 non-perishable meals for shipment around the world.

The PPC COMMUNITY CAFE serves occasional Friday evening meals to enable church members to socialize with families from the community, including some who participate in Winter Wonders.


Community-based programs:


CITYTEAM provides food, shelter, and drug-and-alcohol programs in Chester, PA, one of America’s most disadvantaged cities. PPC volunteers prepare and serve meals at the Hope Cafe, and lead a worship service. Members help with the mother-and-baby program by providing supplemental baby supplies. The church also has provided backpacks with school supplies for the Chester community.

CORNERSTONE CHRISTIAN ACADEMY in Southwest Philadelphia serves an at-risk community with academic rigor and Christian teaching for 250 children in grades K-8. PPC members volunteer in the library, read to students and act as “teammates.”

HABITAT OF CHESTER COUNTY builds and renovates housing to enable home ownership for people who cannot qualify for a conventional mortgage.

HOME OF THE SPARROW, Exton, provides safe transitional housing for battered women and their children.

REDEMPTION CHURCH is a network of house churches planted in Bristol, PA in 2009. They encourage community living, revitalization and entrepreneurship inside Bristol. Led by Rev. Gary Alloway, who grew up at PPC, Redemption also meets the needs of people on the margins in its community.

THE VILLAGE, Rosemont and Southwest Philadelphia, provides child welfare, residential programs, mental health and prevention services to children and families.

YOUNG LIFE of Chester County connects high-schoolers and middle-schoolers with caring adults who mentor them in growing up and growing in faith. The affiliated YoungLives in the Delaware Valley, based in Berwyn, connects pregnant teens with Christian women through clubs that support them during their pregnancies and as new mothers.

GOOD WORKS, Coatesville, is a Christian organization dedicated to repairing homes for people in need.