We believe that outreach does not only include the needy in far away countries but also right here in our community. The Presbyterian Church at Woodbury volunteers largely through the Greater Woodbury Cooperative Ministries. Handy Helpers, which started as our local church ministry, has since been included as part of G.W.C.M. Below find descriptions of both, as well as a list of the 12-step programs held at the church. If you are interested in volunteering for these groups, contact Karen DeLar by clicking here.
Handy Helpers is a service program that offers assistance to elderly or disabled members of the community for such services as light housework (including cleaning windows), lawn and garden maintenance (such as raking leaves, pulling weeds, and trimming shrubs), simple home repairs and painting, moving furniture, etc. Volunteers from several Woodbury-area churches work on the second Saturday morning of each month (except July and August) under the leadership of members of The Presbyterian Church at Woodbury.
The Greater Woodbury Cooperative Ministries, Inc.
The G.W.C.M. Food Bank serves as a place for people to find help in their times of need. Office volunteers assist persons in connecting with existing social services, governmental agencies, community organizations, and other providers in order to meet their particular needs. After other sources are explored, the Cooperative Ministries also offers emergency food supplies.
The Greater Woodbury Cooperative Ministries was formed in 1997 by eight local churches or faith communities. Their aim has been to cooperate in social ministries in order to meet identified needs in the community. They also meet to discuss mutual concerns and to work together in meeting them. The Food Bank was opened in response to the need for a common, public place at which residents can get help with social needs. Many social services are located outside the city, and people have no easily accessible place to go for assistance. The Seventh Day Adventist Church graciously offered space in their building, on the corner of Barber and Evergreen Avenues. Volunteers from the various churches maintain the space, and GWCM is “open for business” on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:30 to 11:00 A.M. Persons looking for assistance can visit the office or call them at 856-686-5816 during those hours.
Other ministries of the faith-based group include a “Handy Helpers” program that assists older adults and special needs people with home repairs and outdoor clean-up; food distribution through the Colonial Manor United Methodist Church; and special services of worship to mark Lent/Easter, National Day of Prayer, and Thanksgiving. The faith communities active in the Cooperative Ministries include Central Baptist Church, Kemble Memorial United Methodist Church, Christ Episcopal Church, The Presbyterian Church at Woodbury, Colonial Manor United Methodist Church, St. Patrick’s Roman Catholic Church, St. Stephen’s Lutheran Church, and Woodbury Friends Meeting.
A number of 12-step programs meet in the church throughout the week:
- N. A. (Steps to Freedom), Monday at 8:00 PM
- A. A. (Pass It On Group), Tuesday at 8:00 PM
- Al-Anon, Wednesday at 7:30 PM
- A. A., Thursday at 8:00 PM
- N. A. (Miracles Happen), Friday at 8:00 PM