Outreach & Response
“With open minds and compassionate hearts, we seek to be God’s loving hands in the world.” This is our mission as a church, and we try to live it out by reaching beyond our church’s walls to serve those in need. Below are just some of the ways in which we are seeking to live this out and we welcome all to join us as we try to be God’s hands and feet in the world!
Alternative Gift Market
During the Advent/Christmas season we have held a gift market featuring groups and organizations that sell fairly traded items.
In 2017 - 26 church members and friends traveled to Kentucky to help rebuild homes of those in need.
Biloxi Mission Trip
In 2015 we sent a group to Biloxi to support the ongoing rebuilding efforts in recovery from Hurricane Katrina and Rita.
Boy Scouts &
Girl Scouts USA
We are proud to offer space in our church building, and support during our annual Scout Sunday worship service, to numerous are Boy Scout and Girl Scout troops.
Each month we serve a meal to those in need at this Vernon soup kitchen.
Every summer we plant, tend and harvest a community garden that supports the Tolland Senior Center and those in need in our community.
Every other Thursday at 9am we welcome the Foodshare Mobile Unit to our church parking lot, where those in need are offered produce and other food with no questions asked.
Free Forever School
We were a major contributor in the creation of the Free Forever School in India which helps to house and educate girls and keep them safe from sex trafficking. We continue to support the school and a student there named Loki.
Our Church School has been a big supporter of Heifer’s efforts, through special collections, living gift market and a trip to the Heifer Farm in Massachusetts.
Local Family Outreach
As called upon, we offer assistance to members of the church and members of the community who find themselves in hard times.
South Park Inn
Members of the church, our Confirmation class, and Pilgrim Fellowship periodically serve a meal to those in need at this Hartford shelter.
In 2017 we joined with our Catholic and Muslim sisters and brothers to help to resettle a Syrian refugee family.
We offer both financial support and scholarships to church members to attend our Connecticut Conference Outdoor Ministries Summer Camp.
Together for Tolland
In the off years when we are not traveling to a mission trip, we hold a week of service, full of activities for all ages serving those in need in our community.
Tolland Care & Share
At Thanksgiving and Christmas our Church School collects food donations for baskets given out to those in need in Tolland.
Tolland Food Pantry
Every week we collect food items to be donated to the food pantry here in Tolland, serving our neighbors in need.
Tolland Green Learning Center
We created and continue to support this nursery school and before/after school program for the youth in our community.
During Advent we choose a number of charities and organizations and then “untrim” a Christmas tree—offering our financial support with each ornament removed.
Woodlake at Tolland Rehabilitation & Nursing Center
Every month we offer a worship service of music, scripture and prayer to the residents of our local rehab and nursing center.
And so much more......
Join us to see how you can lend a hand reaching out to service our community and the world!