Serve

You aren’t really living until you’re making a difference in this world.

Serving others is vital step in your spiritual journey. Jesus said "Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow me."

We Believe in Serving Others

As Methodists, we believe that God has given us the means to grow more in love with God, with people, and become more like Christ.  These means include prayer, fasting, worship, and the sacraments.  They also include acts of mercy and compassion.

These acts of mercy and compassion help us fall in love with God more by extending God's love within us to those who are in material, physical, and spiritual need. At Covenant, we want everyone to make use of these means of grace through local, national, and international ministries with projects that involve both hands-on work and financial generosity.

Explore the various ministries that Covenant supports through the gifts of time, talent, funds, and prayer.  Then connect with us to get involved!

Serve our Community

Throughout the year, we find different ways to love and serve our community. Springfield and Delaware County are the places God has called us to love, and we intend to do everything we can to love this community well.

Fighting Food Insecurity

With hunger being an ever-present battle for local families, we work to help fight food insecurity all year.  We conduct multiple ministries to provide much needed donations to local food pantries.  These include monthly food collections, a Harvest Home food drive in November and Delco Souper Bowl of Caring food drives in February.  For our monthly collections, please drop off donations in Wesley Hall at the church.  Look for announcements about our other food drives in our publications and online.

Life Center of Eastern Delaware County

Life Center of Eastern Delaware County provides emergency housing and meals to homeless individuals. Covenant partners with the Life Center to provide dinner for the individuals they serve. Every other month a team of volunteers provide, deliver and serve home cooked meals and bagged lunches. Each time we serve, the team of volunteers can vary as volunteers sign up whenever they are available. There are many ways to be part of this ministry: purchasing items at the grocery store, preparing food at home, preparing meals to be served and serving dinner at the center. It's a terrific way to involve your kids. Look for the sign-up announcements here and in our other publications.

Delco Souper Bowl of Caring

Covenant members provide both leadership and muscle for the Delco Souper Bowl of Caring, a massive event in February which consists of a community food drive where donations are collected from local households, then sorted, packed and shipped to multiple Delaware County food pantries; and a Covenant food drive which provides donations to two local food pantries.

In addition to these programs, we host events to give people even more opportunities to serve our community.

National & Global Missions

At the end of it all, this world will end. But we have a hope that is eternal. It outlasts the universe itself, and we want to see that hope reach the farthest ends of the earth.

Appalachia Service Project

Appalachia Service Project (ASP) is a Christian ministry, open to all people, that fosters human development by addressing the housing needs of Central Appalachia. Covenant has been doing ASP since 1982. Join us on our yearly summer mission trip, or fall mini-mission trip, or by supporting our team through one of our fundraisers or by your prayers.

Missionaries to Nepal

We have long supported United Methodist Missionaries Mark and Deirdre Zimmerman who serve in Kathmandu, Nepal.  Mark practice medicine at Patan Hospital and Deirdre concentrates on nutrition and hygiene programs for the people of Nepal.  Prayer forms the foundation of their work, and Deirdre and Mark have often felt the uplift of prayer in their daily lives.

UMCOR

The United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) comes alongside those who suffer from natural or human-caused disasters – famine, hurricane, war, flood, fire or other events—to alleviate suffering and serve as a source of help and hope for the vulnerable.  UMCOR provides disaster relief in response to local, national and international events.

Serve's Up

Bringing in Donations for SBOC? Here’s a List of Urgently Needed Items.

January 17, 2023

Our local food banks to a pretty good job of knowing their customers and their needs. They also keep the pulse of what they’ve got coming in. And they know…

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A Game of Numbers

January 16, 2023

The sport of football is a game of inches. Most sporting endeavors, like football, are games of numbers. So is tackling hunger. Across the country and in our area, the…

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Tackle Hunger with the Delco Souper Bowl of Caring

December 27, 2022

We’ve been fighting hunger with the Souper Bowl of Caring since at least 1998. That’s more than a quarter of Covenant’s 100-year history!  Hunger and food insecurity have a negative…

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The Perfect Christmas Gift

November 27, 2022

Giving gifts at Christmas is a joyful experience! It brings joy to our heart to find just the right item… especially when it is something that reflects a loved one’s…

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Our Fall 2022 ASP Trip to Lee County Virginia

November 10, 2022

During the first week of November, the Covenant Appalachia Service Project team sent a crew to Jonesville Virginia to serve in ASP’s year-round program. The crew of volunteers Gerg, Lori…

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Help Build Hope 2022: We Nailed It!

September 28, 2022

Last Saturday, Covenant and Lima United Methodist Churches partnered for the first time to Help Build Hope. More than one hundred volunteers from Covenant, Lima, and other community organizations all…

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We’re Getting Ready for ASP 2023

September 18, 2022
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ASP Sunday: Reflecting on 41 Years of Service & Dedication of ASP Hall

July 18, 2022

As part of Covenant’s ongoing 100th anniversary celebration, on Sunday during the ASP Service we were honored to have past and present volunteers from the Covenant Appalachia Service Project (ASP)…

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Covenant Gives their All in the Big Game Against Hunger

February 21, 2022

Monday, February 21, Springfield PA – The Covenant team again outperformed everybody’s expectations in the local big game against hunger – the Delco Souper Bowl of Caring. Each year Covenant…

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Build Hope with the Covenant ASP Team

January 29, 2022

Next summer, in the first week of July, our ASP team will be heading back to Central Appalachia to spread some help and hope. We want you to join us!…

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