As part of its Mission and Outreach Prince of Peace supports the local and global community in many ways.
Prince of Peace regularly contributes to Elk Grove Village Food Pantry and Itasca Food Pantry. Each Sunday, as part of learning about helping our neighbors, our children gather food bags from church attendees for these food pantries.
Prince of Peace hosts the Bob Lawson Community Garden that provides fresh produce to area agencies. (Judy, please add to this as you are the expert)
Prince of Peace Mission and Outreach team, along with our Social Action committee and Champions for Children team, provide food backpacks once a month for needy children at a local public school. The backpacks contain enough food to feed a family for the long weekend that occurs once each month during the school year.
Partnering with Elk Grove Township, Prince of Peace donates school supplies and other necessities for local school children, including winter outerwear. Partnering with our local school district, Prince of Peace supports homeless students with personal supplies (soap, toothpaste, deodorant, etc.) and donates clothing to the the school district’s Community Cares Closet.
Prince of Peace contributes items each year to UMCOR (please link to www.umcor.org) It’s relief supply kits help provide care for the most vulnerable people during natural disasters and other times of crisis, and/or to those who lack ready access to essential supplies. These include health kits, layette kits, and cleaning buckets.
Prince of Peace also works with community agencies during Easter, Thanksgiving and Christmas to help provide food and gifts for those in need.
Our church participates in the Northern Illinois Conference’s Rainbow Covenant. These donations support advocacy projects, children and youth activities, and regional, national, and international projects. These have included ChildServ, which serves at risk children and families in Cook, DuPage, and Lake Counties; Society of St. Andrew, which feeds hungry families throughout the United States; Grace Children’s Hospital in Haiti; and a missionary serving Cambodia’s street children.
Prince of Peace supported the Imagine No Malaria campaign, a global partnership with the goal to prevent, treat, and eliminate malaria.
Many of our members also serve as volunteers with local community organizations such as PADS (Public Action to Deliver Shelter), Alexian Brothers (Amita) Medical Center, Kenneth J. Young Center, and Feed My Starving Children.
Youth Ministry – Our youth participate in an annual summer mission trip to locations in need throughout the United States, assisting wherever needed. Activities include repairing and painting houses and interacting with children and the elderly.