The Presbyterian Church has a long history of emphasizing mission activities. The stated mission of the Orchard Park Presbyterian Church is "Nurturing a thriving faith community engaged in compassional service ." Our Vision : "Growing Together, Becoming More Like Christ." We believe that one of the most important ways to live into our mission and vision statements is to reach out as the hands and feet of Christ in our local community and surrounding areas as well as nationally and globally.
- Friends of Night People – we cook and serve a monthly meal.
- Panera Bread’s Operation Dough-Nation – volunteers pick up the day’s end baked goods on Tuesday nights and deliver to Friends of the Night People.
- Family Promise – we host homeless families four times per year providing hot meals and safe shelter along with twelve area support churches.
- The Mission Workshop – weekly the Meeting Place is a beehive of folks creating gifts of warmth and love for local charitable organizations
- We partner with CIA (Churches in Action) to help with local mission projects, including "Undies Sundays" when new underwear is collected plus a volulnteer work weekend at St. Luke's Mission of Mercy.
- TAG (Together All Grow) is coordinated by a missionary we collaborate with to help children who once had refugee status who still need educational assistance as they struggle to master reading and speaking the English language.
- Southtown’s Family Center – houses a variety of services including a satellite office of the Family Justice Center.
OPPC has a history of sending volunteers to work with organizations leading relief work such as the Presbyterian Disaster Assistance Program. Summer of 2013 we sent a team to volunteer in New Jersey to aid in the Super Storm Sandy relief efforts. Senior High youth plus college students and adult advisors take a week of summer vacation and volunteer for a week with organizations serving those in need. We participate in the Souper Bowl of Caring with a service blitz that has involved as many as 60 adults and youth serving around the Buffalo area, as well as collecting $1 the day of the big game for donations to feeding ministries.
Through our denominational offerings we have sent contributions to natural disaster areas such as the Tsunami in Japan and Superstorm Sandy. In the past we have purchased animals for Heifer Project and Tools of Hope for Church World Service. We participate annually in the CROP Walk for Hunger which is also sponsored by Church World Service. We have an annual International Artisan Fair that supports Fair Trade held on December 5 and 6, 2015. The purchases made bring a smile to the face of the recipient, as well as spreading hope around the world! Soccer balls have been purchased for soccer programs in Kenya and one of our college students began a leadership development program in the Congo. We have an established relationship supporting Crossroads Springs Institute, an AIDS orphanage in Kenya.
If you would like to know more about the mission ministries at OPPC , please contact Linda Babcock, Director of Education and Mission.