Outward Bound

In our experience of church life we have often found that in many churches, including our own, a lot of the focus, energy, and money (follow the money!) have been inward bound.  Focused on church members!
Looking at Jesus, reading intently God’s Word, the Bible, you can quickly see that Jesus was ‘outward bound.’  He didn’t stay in any one place all that long, and he didn’t hang around with the ‘in-crowd.’   In fact, to coin a phrase from a recent political campaign, Jesus hung around with a bunch of ‘despicables’; people despised by respectable society.
This is the aim of our Outward Bound Ministry: to lead out from the four walls of the church (OK, we have a lot more than four walls!) and move out into the community, both near and not so near, to bless people who most need to hear the good news that God loves them, and has a plan for their life, and a plan for beyond this life – and this plan is centered around a Lord and Savior named Jesus.
In moving outward, we have begun serving our own community in any way we can.  We distribute free water at community festivals on hot days.  We serve meals at the cold winder shelter, and at the Ronald McDonald House in Hershey, PA.  We have reached out to the inner city homeless in Harrisburg.  We have an active and loving ministry to families of prison inmates (read about Comfort Kitchen separately, it’s a big ministry of our church!)  We invite the community to come visit us for a back to school festival with free everything – school supplies, food, drinks, entertainment, haircuts.
And, if you have a heart for what goes on OUTSIDE the church, this ministry may be for you!  We have lots of room for folks eager to serve and make a difference – to shine Jesus’ love on those living in dark places!
Comfort Kitchen
2 Corinthians 1:3-4 Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God.
Free supper & outreach for families of prisoners – First and last Friday of every month 5:00 to 9:30 PM in the Salem Community Center offering a hot meal, kind conversation, and prayer.
Mission Statement: Reach out to current & previous prisoners and their families by sharing God’s unconditional love, comfort, & salvation that we have already received from HIM.
How Do We Do This?
Serve suppers the last & first Fridays of every month from 5-9:30pm for families of prisoners & ex-prisoners and their families beginning September 27.
Attend support group meetings for family members of prisoners @ Zion Reformed Church in Chambersburg the 2nd Monday of every month.
Provide support/information to families of prisoners & ex-prisoners & their families.
Volunteer at Franklin County Prison (Worship, Bible Study, Christmas Party for Inmates, etc)
Work with Franklin County Prison Chaplaincy Committee to develop an information pamphlet for families of prisoners.
Work with other prison ministry groups already established in area ( Yoke Fellowship, Tough Prison Wives, United Churches of Chambersburg, Blessings Unlimited, Kairos, Credo, Celebrate Recovery)
Find out & fill any needs of prisoners, ex-prisoners, & their families.