Christian education brings transformation of mind and spirit. We have many opportunities for you to learn and grow. Here are some of the main ways you learn at Old Goshenhoppen
- “Afterword”, each Sunday after church we invite all to stay for coffee and refreshments downstairs. The Pastor leads an interactive discussion of the Sunday sermon and readings. We hope this will give more focus upon and reinforcement of what we are hearing in church and give everybody the opportunity to discuss and dig deeper. We also feel it will be a great fellowship opportunity. All ages are invited.
- “Wednesdays in the Word” at 1:30 pm and/or 7:00 p.m. each Wednesday. These classes offer both biblical and topical studies combined with fellowship and prayer.
- Youth Group 1st and 3rd Sunday at 6:00 p.m. Our youth group meets twice a month to learn how to apply the Bible to their lives.
- Confirmation. We have a confirmation program that teaches the essentials of the Christian faith to students in 9th grade. In confirmation students learn the teachings of the Heidelberg Catechism as well as basic Bible, church history, and issues of Christian living. This class leads students toward a personal profession of faith in Jesus Christ.
- Vacation Bible School. Each summer we have joint Vacation Bible School with Christ Evangelical Congregational Church. Kids learn the truth of God’s Word in a fun and engaging way. Our VBS includes music, lesson, activities, crafts, snacks and a whole lot of fun. VBS is open to all kids.
- Lenten Soup and Study. During the six weeks prior to Easter, we have special teaching on Wednesday evenings. A simple soup supper is served at 6:00 p.m. and the study begins at 7:00 p.m. The studies focus on deepening our faith and following Jesus more faithfully.
Old Goshenhoppen Reformed has a beautiful combination of traditional and contemporary patterns of worship. There are many ways for you to be involved:
- Choir. Under the direction of our talented choir director Kate Nice, our choir is a central part of weekly worship life. They lead in both liturgical song and special anthems designed to lift our hearts to God and bring God’s love to us. The choir practices each Sunday at 8:45 a.m. and is open to all.
- Special Music and the Arts. We have gifted musicians and vocalists who provide special music in worship. If you have a song to share, please contact our choir director Kate Nice and we will find a time for you sing or play. We also affirm all the arts in worship. We have had poetry read and custom artwork featured. If you something beautiful to share, let us know.
- Lay Readers. We often utilize lay readers to read the Scriptures of the day. During advent we have lay members provide advent readings. If you would be interested in being a reader, please contact Pastor John.
- Ushers and Greeters. Each Sunday we have people who greet our worshippers when they come in. This is an important way of making people feel welcome. We also have people who distribute bulletins, take offering, and help serve communion. If you would interested in being an usher or a greeter, contact our church office.
There are several activities and initiatives at Old Goshenhoppen which nurture Christian fellowship and deepen the sense of connection among our church family.
- Son-shine Club. Either through snail-mail, e-mail or facebook, this group sends out greetings from the church for a birthday or other special occasion. It also remembers those mentioned in our bulletin maybe with flowers, a phone call or written note.
- Hospitality. Our hospitality team helps plan and prepare for all of our monthly coffee hours and any other luncheons throughout the year. Its members also help with the set-up and clean-up of the fellowship time.
- Caregivers. The Caregivers of our congregation can serve in many ways. By preparing a meal for a shut-in, offering to be a “helping hand” for someone at home, or even going out on visitations, a Caregiver can extend the hand of Christian love to those not able to join us here at church.
- Day-Timers. Have some free time during the day? You might want to join in on the fellowship and come along on a daily outing with the Day-Timers. The possibilities are endless and it’s always a good time.
- Fun, Food, & Fellowship. Who doesn’t love fun and games, along with a little food? The Fun, Food & Fellowship group looks for ways to combine the three. Watch a movie, play some cards, enjoy an evening of board games or bingo. Come join our family for a night out!
- Prayer Chain: “Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you.” (Jeremiah 29:12 NIV). Prayer participants faithfully lift up to our Lord the needs of others during their own private devotional times. Gathering together in God’s name richly blesses us all.
We are a church that is striving more and more to be mission-shaped. That means we want to be a church that reaches out to community and to our world with the love and compassion of Christ. While we have organized ways to do this as a church, we encourage all to, more and more, become “others-centered” in their personal lives. Here are some ways you can reach out at Old Goshenhoppen Reformed:
- Participate in providing Thanksgiving meals through our annual Turkey Dinner project
- Donate food during our monthly food drives for local food pantries.
- Volunteer with Peaceful Living during one of the events we host for individuals with special needs.
- Participate in the many charitable projects we sponsor. For example we recently raised money to donate to children affected by a local tragedy. Each year we donate funds to a number of missions and charities.
- Volunteer at our famous Oyster Picnic. For 139 years Old Gosh has been the host of one the largest church picnics in our area. The day is filled music, great food, and good old fashioned fun. This a great way to reach out to our community. We can use all the help we can get.
- Mission Teams. A new emphasis at Old Goshenhoppen is sending out mission teams. We hope to send out more and more teams from our church to serve and reach out in places of need. We are currently making plans to send a team to serve a meal at a homeless shelter in Philadelphia.