At Govans Presbyterian we believe our primary mission work is done through the daily lives of our members out in the world. The way each member lives, treats others and cares for the earth will affect the greatest change. Beyond the way we live our individual lives we also work together as a congregation to build relationships with people from many walks of life. Sometimes we do this through efforts right here at Govans and sometimes we do this by supporting the work of organizations doing great work with specific groups of people.
It’s a free community meal currently offered Sunday evenings at Govans from 4:30-6:00 pm. During the pandemic we are doing take-out meals only. All are welcome to come for a meal or to volunteer or both. Guests are encouraged to volunteer and volunteers are encouraged to eat.
CARES Food Pantry
Every Sunday worship participants are invited to give food and financial donations to CARES, our local food pantry.
Neighborhood Food Drive
Twice a year we deliver about 800 paper grocery bags to our neighbors around the church. The bags include a note asking for donations of non-perishable food to the CARES food pantry. The bags go out on Wednesday. One Saturday morning we pick up the bags that have been left on porches. We collect over 1000 pounds of food each time we do the food drive. This is a great way to involve our neighbors in our mission to help those in need.
Community Garden and Orchard
Govans Community Garden is literally a “home grown” mission of our church. Church members meet each season to prepare and plant three separate plots on the church grounds. Everything we grow is given to the CARES food pantry where fresh fruits and vegetables are a great addition to their offering, or they produced is prepared right in the Govans kitchen at Soul Kitchen.
One Straw Farm CSA Drop-Off Site
As a community drop off site for One Straw Farm Community Supported Agriculture, we support local farmers and food systems. In addition, One Straw Farm donates a share of food for every 10 people who pick up from our church. This fresh food also goes to CARES food pantry.
Habitat for Humanity Faith House
Our local group of Presbyterian churches sponsors a Faith House for Habitat for Humanity. Numerous volunteer opportunities are available each Saturday.
Financial Support for Local Organizations
These organizations include:
- Baltimore Safe Haven
- Cornerstone Community Housing
- McKim Center
- GEDCO and the CARES Food Pantry
- Turnaround, Inc
- Woodberry Crossing
National and International Mission
Kay Papa Nou Orphanage, Haiti
Our work in Haiti began in 2007 when a small group went to visit missions and ministries in Port-au-Prince to learn more about what we could do in this poorest nation in the Western Hemisphere. Through our contacts we met Dani and David Guillame who were caring for 20 children orphaned or displaced after civil unrest. David and Dani and the children were facing eviction, so our group came back to Govans, presented the need and the church immediately paid the rent for a year. We have continued to pay their rent ever since. Further support has grown to a sponsor a child program and now to a separate non-profit called Neighbors Near and Far. We have found partners in this work through Roland Park Presbyterian Church and other churches in our area.
St. Andrew’s Refugee Program, Egypt (StARS)
St. Andrew’s United Church is a very small church in downtown Cairo, but it has a huge Refugee Ministry. Jean Isteero, a member here at Govans, started an English and General Education program at St. Andrew’s in 1986 and it has grown in all directions since then. Refugees feel safe to be on the St. Andrew’s compound where they can sit and talk with their friends and attend worship and educational activities. Today, there are about 700 adults registered in the English and computer classes and 195 children in the daily Children’s program. Children and teens receive a breakfast sandwich and study an American curriculum, which includes English, math, science, art, music and social studies.
St. Andrew’s United Church of Cairo depends upon contributions from churches like ours to be able to continue its very valuable work.
Friends of Butoke, Congo
Friends of Butoke supports the work of Butoke, a humanitarian NGO in the Democratic of Congo ministering to the nutritional, emergency, primary health care and educational needs of the area’s poor people. Butoke also maintains an orphanage, an agrarian program and a clinic and pharmacy.
At Govans we started supporting Butoke at the request of an active church member who has since past away. However, we believe it is a way we can help the poorest of the poor in this region of the world.
More Light Presbyterians
Govans Presbyterian has made been a More Light Presbyterian Church for decades. More Light means that we support and actively work for the full inclusion of LGBT people in the church and society. It means we do not discriminate against people in our own church based on their sexual orientation or identity and in fact we celebrate our diversity.
Baltimore Presbytery Mission
We support the ministry and mission of the Presbytery of Baltimore and the Presbyterian Church (USA). As a Presbyterian Church we are part of a much larger network of churches doing great work in the world. We are a part of smaller group in the Presbytery called North Baltimore Presbyterians.