Mission and Community Outreach
As Christians we are called to be witnesses of God’s love for us in Jesus Christ.
To witness to God’s love and proclaim the good news of the Gospel, we must reach out into the community and the world. To this end, our church dedicates TIME, SPACE, and FINANCIAL RESOURCES to various mission and outreach programs.
With our TIME
we organize and raise funds for an ecumenical Thanksgiving Food Basket Ministry
we offer pastoral care counseling to people in need as well as premarital counseling to engaged couples
we participate in Operation Christmas Child (Christmas Shoeboxes through Samaritan's Purse), work with the local school district to provide tangible resources for displaced children in Ballston Spa, and we organize an ecumenical childrens program for families who work at the Saratoga Backstretch each summer.
we deliver milk three times a week to the Shelters of Saratoga to support their ongoing work with the homeless in Saratoga County
we lead worship at Saratoga Center for Rehabilitation and Skilled Nursing (county nursing home) on the third Sunday of every month
With our SPACE
We reach out to community groups by offering use of our facilities. For example:
we charter a local Cub Scout pack
we provide space for the Living Resources day rehabilitation program
we provide meeting location for A.A. ADK Freedom Group and Nar Anon Family Group
we welcome community members during special Village celebrations and events, such as the Village's annual Victorian Christmas celebration and parade
- Ballston Spa High School Odyssey of the Mind
With our RESOURCES
We dedicate over 10 percent of our income to support mission enterprises beyond our doors. In 2016, we supported the following individuals/organizations with mission dollars:
- Dean and Penny Stocker serving in East Africa
- B & J Z, United World Mission
- World Vision Child Sponsorship (Anup in India)
- Rev. Kay Day, PCUSA Mission Co-worker in Rwanda
- The Presbyterian Church of Rwanda
LOCAL & NATIONAL
- InterVarsity Christian Fellowship in the Capital district (ministry of Danielle Bailey & Caleb LaRue)
- Bibles for Albany County Jail
- Backstretch Kids Program
- Schenectady City Mission
- Ballston Area Clergy Association Community Assistance Fund providing financial assistance to Ballston Spa residents in financial crisis.
- United Mission efforts of Albany Presbytery that impact the greater Capital district and a longstanding partnership with our sister presbytery - Presbyterio Mam in Guatemala