The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’ Matthew 25:40
We collect food donations weekly to help stock the shelves of a local food pantry. Additionally, our Be Our Guest group meets every six weeks and to make and deliver meals to church and community members in need.
PRC is part of the Helping Hands Interfaith Network, a group of congregations of different faiths in our community. We come together every eight weeks and host a marathon sandwich making session to make 500 sandwiches which are distributed through the Interfaith Nutrition Network. This is open to anyone who wishes to participate.
Our weekly post-worship Soup Ministry provides a hot and healthy meal to church-goers and community members at no charge. All are welcome to share a meal and celebrate community.
Our newest outreach program, Feed the Need, is a mobile food ministry. We feel called to feed our neighbors who are hungry, but realize that it might be difficult for them to get us to. So, we to go to them! After a bit of searching in our area, we found that the largest, concentrated number of hungry people appear to be at the Hicksville Train Station.
Every other Tuesday we cook a hot, homemade meal in our church kitchen. The meal consists of a protein, a vegetable, a starch, dessert, a bottle of water, plastic utensils, a wet-nap, and a bagel with cream cheese, (that we hope will be a little sustenance for the next day), as well as a note that says who we are, and lists our contact information, and the date and time that we will be back with another meal. In the few months that we have been doing this new ministry, we have come to know many of our neighbors by name and are finding that some are eagerly waiting for us when we arrive.
If you would like to volunteer with Feed the Need, you can call the church 516.931.8770 or email Rev. Kroon at firstname.lastname@example.org. We would love to meet you!
Our Project Linus group, named after the Charlie Brown character and his security blanket, meets regularly to knit and crochet blankets for distribution to those in need. These blankets are given to children’s hospitals. We accept newly homemade blankets for delivery.
Together with the Interfaith Clergy of Plainview/Old Bethpage, Rev. Kroon is available to provide resources and comfort to those who are personally affected by heroin use and addiction here on Long Island. Read the Letter of Support from the Interfaith Clergy of Plainview/Old Bethpage here.
Our Thrift Shop is open to the community on Tuesdays and Saturdays from 11 am to 3 pm. Clothing, books and household items can be purchased for a nominal charge. In the fall, we have a huge clearance sale at which time all merchandise is marked down. When the need arises, we often give our merchandise away. All items have been donated and those we cannot sell, we donate to Big Brothers & Sisters, Madonna Heights, Lupus, Vietnam Vets, and the Rescue Mission. We are always looking for willing workers to join our outreach mission.
Our local outreach includes sharing our space with an Alcoholics Anonymous Morning Reflections group that meets daily at 6AM.
We also have a Community Garden which offers produce to the community for a free will offering.
Internationally, we actively support Wellspring Water Inc., a non-profit organization, started by two PRC members, which collects redeemable bottles and cans and uses the proceeds of the redemption to build clean water systems in Africa.
See our CALENDAR page for meeting dates and join us in mission.