Outreach


As an active community of faith, we are committed to strengthening our relationship with God and with each other. At Ivy Chapel, this is reflected in everything we do, from our weekly worship services, to our ongoing educational efforts and world outreach activities.

Education
Youth Sunday School classes meet each week during the worship service. For the benefit of all involved, children begin in church, and then go to Sunday School after the Children’s Message. Children under three are welcome in the nursery at any time during the service.

Our Vacation Bible School, which is full almost every year, attracts children from the surrounding area in addition to our own member families. It is generally held the last week of July.

Of course, education isn’t just for children. The Faith Explorers Adult Bible Study meets every Sunday at 9 a.m. before worship. A second group, focused on strengthening marriage through the Bible, is in the planning stages.

Outreach
Serving others is important to the Ivy Chapel Family.  We are proud to provide both financial and volunteer support to a wide range of local, national and international organizations, including:

Circle of Concern, an agency serving those in need in the West St. Louis County area, which helps needy families get back on their feet through emergency food, financial help, scholarships and employment assistance

Eden Seminary in Webster Groves prepares men and women for ordained leadership in the church.

Evangelical Children’s Home, which began as an orphanage in 1858 now services the needs of troubled children and their families in crisis.

Joint Neighborhood Ministry, which services the Benton Park area in the city of St. Louis through a food pantry providing donated clothing and household items, advocate services, financial assistance for utilities and rent, a preschool, and youth services.

Lydia’s House, which provides a safe place for women and children to escape the ravages of abuse.

UCC Neighborhood Houses, carry on a long tradition of caring for the poorest of the city’s poor, provided school clubs, day care programs, food pantries and other programs.

Neighbors in Need, an all-church offering of the United Church of Christ that expresses our commitment to ministries of justice and compassion throughout the US and Puerto Rico.

One Great Hour of Sharing, a United Church of Christ offering that provides aid to refugees and assists in worldwide emergencies.

Instituto El Rey

Ivy Chapel is proud to work with Instituto El Rey, a school in Rio Viejo, Honduras. Our congregation provides monetary support to the school and to several individual students to ensure they have the best possible educational experience. In addition, members of the congregation make regular trips to the school to deliver needed supplies and perform maintenance.

Emmaus Homes

Ivy Chapel is proud to be a part of the lives of several residents of the Seven Pines Emmaus Home. They regularly participate in worship in the service through our Friends and Family Choir and as partners with lay ministers, helping us to greet, usher or assist with coffee hour. We continue to explore ways to help them participate in our church.

Ivy Chapel is one of several local congregations to embrace a partnership with an Emmaus neighborhood home. Emmaus is the largest provider of residential services in Missouri for those with developmental and other cognitive disabilities.

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