Posted August 4, 2017 in Around the Synod

The First Presbyterian Church of Lancaster, PA, will hold two unique programs in the coming months. More information is available below:

2017 SENT Gathering

SENT2logoThe 2017 SENT Gathering will explore God’s activity in your church context from Sept. 15-16 at First Church of Lancaster. For pastors and church leaders, the SENT Gathering carves out essential space to gain perspective on God’s activity in their area of work, church or region and to consider how they and their members are being called to respond.

The 2017 keynote speakers include Tony Campolo (Professor of Sociology at Eastern Univ.), Nikki Toyama-Szeto (Exec. Director of Evangelicals for Social Action) and Chris Hall (President of the Renovaré Institute). SENT is a deeply encouraging and catalyzing event. People will walk away from this weekend with a greater confidence in taking personal spiritual practice and transforming it into action that makes sense for your context. For more information and to register, click here.

Backyard Missions

“Come to our backyard. Return a missionary in your own backyard.”

BackyardMissionsLogoBackyard Missions is a transformational mission experience for youth groups at First Church of Lancaster. Backyard Missions provides youth groups and their leaders with short-term mission experiences that spark imagination and vision for how God might be calling you to be a missionary in your own backyard. Teams are guided through an intentional process that includes education, hands-on service and reflection.

Each day, students examine a significant issue facing communities around the globe such as hunger, incarceration, homelessness, mental health, refugee resettlement and more. They then engage in hands-on service with a local organization, giving them a chance to see the creative and impactful ways that organizations and churches are addressing these needs. Times of reflection allow students to take in what they’ve experienced. Teams will leave encouraged and ready to consider how you might join God’s active work in your own local setting. For more information, click here.