The various outreach programs at Saint Matthew’s offer the opportunity to respond to the needs of the human family locally, nationally and internationally. We are continually evaluating and encouraging new avenues of service and informing the parish of current opportunities and programs to serve.
Kitale Diocese, Kenya
Through Mwamba Church Ministries International, we are currently focusing on efforts to support the secondary education for girls in the Diocese of Kitale (The Anglican Church of Kenya). Throughout the year, we conduct various fundraisers and educational events on behalf of the Kitale Diocese.
InterFaith Hospitality Alliance of Ambler
Saint Matthew’s supports the InterFaith Hospitality Alliance (IHA) of Ambler which provides shelter to homeless families from the local community. For one month, families sheltered by the network make Saint Matthew’s their home. Over 80 volunteers from the church provide shelter, food, transportation and support to the families as they work to achieve independence and become re-established in the community. Saint Matthew’s volunteers have supported this outreach ministry for over twenty consecutive years. Volunteers from Trinity Lutheran in Maple Glen will be helping again this year when we receive our guests in June.
Tim Walsh– Coordinator
As an extension of our own Interfaith Housing Network program, we provide ongoing family support and financial assistance to a selected family who is now living in the transitional housing development of the InterFaith Hospitality Alliance (IHA) of Ambler. Our goal is to be the extended part of their family, increasing their strength as a family unit.
Feed the Hungry
Following directly on the teaching of Jesus to aid the needy, each month a group of devoted parishoners prepare a meal to be served at a local soup kitchen.
Medical Mission to Haiti
A registered Nurse from Saint Matthew's has participated for several years in a medical mission project in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, at the Parish of St. Jude. Under the direction of Fr. Andrew Labatorio, teams of doctors and nurses from our area have visited to run a clinic in this very poor urban neighborhood. Educational and employment programs have also been established. Our members have contributed medicines and other supplies to this work. In the summer of 2013 Fr. Andrew visited Saint Matthew's with an inspiring message and word of thanks.
"Knitwits" Women's Knitting Group
Do you like to knit but don't know what to knit or know where to give the items you complete? If so, consider joining the Knitwits. Every Tuesday morning, a group of dedicated women come together to talk, pray and knit together from 10 - noon. The group knit prayer shawls as well as hats and scarves. The prayer shawls are given to people having difficult times in their life and the hats and scarves are delivered to the Seaman's Church Institute in Philadelphia where they are given to sailors coming into the Port of Philadelphia. Knitting is a low cost hobby that can give huge rewards. For more information about the Knitwits, please contact the church office.
Sue Klauder – Mattie Dixon Community Cupboard
Millie Graf- Feed the Hungry
Laura Meschio – Graterford Family Lenten Food Drive
Parish Office – Layette Sunday
United Thank Offering (May)