Ministries arise naturally from the generous range of gifts among us. We offer a fine Church School for children and a senior high youth group; worship centered on biblical preaching; a spirited music program for children and adults; care for the sick, grieving and homebound among us. We eat, study and play together; offer hospitality to neighborhood groups and regularly engage in service to the community around us.
The Board of Deacons
Our deacons’ ministry is to offer hospitality and care for the congregation. This is what our deacons do: provide for greeting and ushering during worship. Provide for fellowship hour after church. Set the table with bread and wine (juice) for communion. Distribute sanctuary flowers after worship. Reach out to the sick, the lonely and those in distress. The Deacons’ Fund is a discretionary fund made up of donations from congregation members and friends, and used in situations of need and emergencies in the community. The deacons also administer the Master Fund that provides financial help (“camperships”) to enable children and youth to attend the Presbyterian Camp at Holmes each summer. A representative of the Board of Deacons sits on the Worship, Mission and Congregational Life committees.
Mission and Outreach Opportunities
Through our Mission Committee, We have supported and continue to support projects beyond our city and beyond the Presbyterian Church. This support has taken the form of assisting churches needing funds to make their buildings accessible so that all may worship. Examples of our continued outreach include providing school supplies for Philadelphia preschoolers, helping provide services for refugees fleeing turmoil Africa through the good works of “Ya We None”.
Every Sunday, RPC members help alleviate hunger locally by bringing food for the
Kingsbridge-Riverdale-Marble Hill Food & Hunger Project that is located at the Church of the Mediator.
We actively support the Love Kitchen in the Inwood neighborhood of Manhattan and Bronx AIDS Service.
Monday night men’s shelter at Riverdale Yonkers Ethical Culture Society. The Mission committee is starting a new initiative to help with the Monday night men’s shelter at Riverdale Yonkers Ethical Culture Society. We plan to provide meals for the 6-8 men who will be staying there on April 11 and May 9. We’re also hoping to get a volunteer to sleep over on each of those nights. Our plan is to continue this as an ongoing effort several times a year.
Presbyterian Senior Services. The RPC Mission Committee invites you to the Presbyterian Senior Services/Riverdale Presbyterian Church Family Picnic, Riverbank Park in Manhattan, August 21, 10-4. RSVP to Carolyn Fluckinger 914-525-7475, firstname.lastname@example.org
Midnight Run. Vans of our youth and adults go into the streets of Manhattan to give food and clothing to the homeless poor. For more information, go to www.midnightrun.org or speak with Sixto Medina of our Mission Committee.
Habitat for Humanity. Our young adults are active in the Westchester Habitat chapter. A house being built in Yonkers is their current project. For more information, go to www.habitatwc.org. Or speak with Ricci Scott.
The Riverdale Kingsbridge Marble Hill Food and Hunger Project is always in need of food staples for the those in need. The pantry is located at the Church of the Mediator, just down the hill from RPC. We collect food every Sunday in the shopping cart by the chancel. Our Presbyterian Men’s group organizes its delivery to the pantry. For more information, speak with Zaida Garcia.
Alternative Gifts Catalogue
At Christmas our members use our “Alternative Gifts Christmas Catalogue” to honor those they love by purchasing goods and services for those in need.
In spring of 2009, our youth participated in a mission trip to an inner city Washington, DC neighborhood. In past years, our youth have helped rebuild homes in post-Katrina New Orleans and rural Appalachia. This coming year’s mission trips are likely to be both closer to home and further away. We anticipate working in concert with an upstate NY Presbyterian church, working with Habitat for Humanity in Newburgh, NY, using the Presbyterian Camp at Holmes, NY as a base. We are planning hands-on work with the Women’s Housing & Economic Development Corp. in NYC. And we are looking into sending several of our young people to serve for a week with Bridges to Community’s outreach with the poor in Nicaragua.