West Philadelphia Mennonite Fellowship
4740 Baltimore Ave
Philadelphia Pennsylvania 19143
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4740 Baltimore Ave
Philadelphia Pennsylvania 19143-3503
Lorie Christine Hershey
Franconia Mennonite Conference
We are a congregation of students, teachers, social workers, homemakers, missionaries, artists, construction workers, computer programmers, health-care workers, and other professionals who have a sincere interest in social justice issues. We value the community of faith as a central part of the Gospel. Peacemaking, believers baptism, and following Jesus in love of neighbor both at home and abroad form the core of our teaching. As a ministry of outreach to our local community WPMF, is part of the interfaith group P.O.W.E.R. (Philadelphians Organized to Witness, Empower and Rebuild) with individuals from WPMF organizing efforts to involve the congregation in bringing about positive change in the West Philadelphia neighborhood. Our congregational life includes corporate Sunday morning worship, Sunday School classes for children and adults, youth activities, monthly fellowship meals, retreats, small groups and many other daily interactions as the community cares for and love one another and strangers alike. As followers of Christ, our task is to open the door and accept, in love and humility, whomever the Spirit draws inside. And so we welcome people of any ethnicity, race, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, status, physical or mental ability to join us on this journey drawing closer to God.
West Philadelphia Mennonite Fellowship began meeting in 1984 as a daughter congregation of Diamond Street Mennonite Church. We were initially composed mainly of people who grew up in Mennonite families. Now about half of us are from Mennonite families and the other half coming from a rich variety of faith backgrounds. About one third of our attenders are children. Making global connections through our money and people, over the years we have sent many members into foreign service with Mennonite Central Committee and other mission agencies. Since 2000, we have met for worship and hold office space at the Calvary Center, a historic sacred and community building that is home to three other faith groups and a number of cultural, non-profit and civic organizations. We are currently working toward greater involvement with our community at the city and neighborhood levels.