Community Service

Yardley United Methodist Church is active in many local, national, and global ministries.  The Missions Team meets monthly to help plan, organize, and lead missions events. All are welcome to attend.  For contact and other information contact us.

Missions and Service

Our mission ministry is one of service, transforming lives by bringing God’s love and comfort to those in need.  The Mission Committee works to create opportunities for the congregation to serve our in local community as well as support our global community.  This is an open invitation for people of all ages to be involved with missions!

Bucks County Housing Group

BCHG is a private, nonprofit  social service agency which provides a wide range of housing and related social services to homeless and low-income families.  Their primary goal is to assist families in attaining permanent housing and financial security.  On any given night, 530 individuals in our community are without a home.  The average age of these individuals is 9 years old.


To Get Involved:

  • Angel Tree

At Christmas time, pick an Angel off the tree and supply the gift requested which enables parents provide for their children

  • Church Has Left the Building

Join us each fall for seasonal projects suggested by BCHG

  • MyCalling! Middle School Mission Trip

Sign up to help our middle school mission trip (second week of July) and serve at BCHG

  • Back to School Shopping

In August, bring in a Gift Card to Target, Walmart, or Giant for a family to gear up for the school year


Penndel Food Pantry

Under the umbrella of BCHG, Penndel is the largest food pantry in the county.  Providing food for 250 families per week.  Over 40% of the recipients are children.


To Get Involved:

  • Purple Bag Sunday

Bring non-perishable food on the first Sunday of the month (Communion Sunday).  Purple Bags are available the week before on the last Sunday of the month as a reminder to support this ministry.  YUMC has generously provided between 3500 and 4000 pounds of food each year to the Penndel Pantry.  You contributions feed hungry families in our community!

  • Food Delivery

Offer to help deliver the collected food the Tuesday after Purple Bag Sunday


  • Christmas Toy Drive

Shop for new toys from the list provided by Penndel to share with their clients

  • Church Has Left the Building

Join us each fall for seasonal projects suggested by Penndel

  • MyCalling! Middle School Mission Trip

Sign up to help our middle school mission trip (second week of July) and serve at BCHG


Trenton Area Soup Kitchen (TASK)

TASK  feeds those who are hungry in the Trenton area and offers programs to encourage self-sufficiency and improve the quality of life of its patrons.  2 meals are served daily, and on average serve between 300-350 individuals at each meal.

To Get Involved:

  • Serve Lunch

Join a team from YUMC to go to Trenton to serve lunch the second Wednesday of each month

  • Socktober Blessing Bags

Donate and collect requested items, write a note, and assemble into Blessing Bags to be distributed to the homeless clients during Church Has Left the Building or with the Winsome Wednesday Group

  • Church Has Left the Building

Make sandwiches, roll flatware, make Blessing Bags at YUMC during Church Has Left the Building


Grace Café  @ Arch Street UMC

Grace Café is a restaurant style community meal served to Philadelphia’s most vulnerable residents who are experiencing homelessness and/or struggling with food insecurity.  Meals are served on Sunday evenings from 5:30-7pm to between 200-250 individuals.  Devotions are held in the sanctuary of Arch Street UMC prior to dinner.  The YUMC congregation provides the food and serves the dinner twice a year.

To Get Involved:

  • Donate Food

Sign up and bring requested food items to YUMC on our fall or spring serving day

  • Serve Dinner

Gather at YUMC in the afternoon to carpool to Philadelphia to set up and serve the meal


Snipes Farm & Education Center

Snipes Farm and Education Center (SFEC) is a non-profit with the mission to model and teach sustainable farming while building community and re-connecting people to the land.  Excess food from the Community Supported Agriculture program is distributed to local food pantries.













To Get Involved:

  • Family Farm Days

Join the volunteers of all age at Snipes during the harvest season (May-October) on Saturday mornings from 8-10 AM to weed and/or harvest fruits and vegetables

  • MyCalling!

Sign up to help our middle school mission trip (second week of July) and serve at Snipes

  • Church Has Left the Building

Join us each fall for apple picking or other harvest projects


American Red Cross Blood Drive

YUMC sponsors 2 blood drives each year to help address the critical blood shortage in our area.


To Get Involved:

  • Helpers to Call and Schedule Donors
  • Assistance during Blood Drive
  • Donate Blood


  MyCalling! Middle School Mission Trip

MyCalling! is a Middle School Mission Experience founded and led by high school students.  The trip brings youth groups from surrounding states together and is hosted at Yardley UMC.  MyCalling! runs from the second Sunday evening in July through Thursday morning, and includes 3 workdays and 4 nights of vibrant youth-led worship.

The objective of MyCalling! is to give our middle schoolers a quality mission experience that lays the foundation for a lifetime of serving others while empowering youth to follow God’s call through mission and leadership.  The youth are grouped into crews that rotate locations daily on day trips to the surrounding communities from our backyard, to the countryside, to the cities of Trenton, Philadelphia, and Camden in order to provide a variety of mission experiences including relational, construction, and community-support types of worksites.

Previous worksites include:

  • Bucks County Housing Group & Penndel Food Pantry – outdoor maintenance and repairs
  • Anchor House – sorted donations, organized outreach spaces
  • Boys & Girls Club, Philadelphia & HomeFront of NJ – led character-building kids program
  • Morrisville Food Pantry & HomeFront Food Pantry – organize donations and shop with customers
  • White Pines Farm – cleaned barn and worked in fields
  • Sunrise Senior Center & Statesman Health & Rehab– visited and provided crafts with residents
  • Philabundance – packed food to be delivered
  • Mark’s Church, Frankford – led Vacation Bible School
  • Homes of Elderly/Veterans – Ramp repairs, mailbox replacement, yardwork
  • Rolling Harvest – Gleaned farm fields for Food Pantries


















To Get Involved:

  • Youth Participants – Middle Schoolers of Yardley UMC, this is your Mission Trip! Sign up with friends!
  • High School Joshuas & Timothys – Join our team to lead crews by day & worship by night
  • Adults – We Need You! Hosting a busy Mission Trip is a big churchwide undertaking!  It’s a wonderful way to serve and connect!
    • Site Directors – Work at a mission site through the week & oversee crew
    • Kitchen Crew – Serve as a Kitchen Master to do the planning, or simply sign up for a shift
    • Chaperone – this is our Middle School Mission Trip, come spend time with YUMC Youth
    • Aaron Team – Join the adults who support this amazing mission! Share your gifts and talent

We would love for you to join us!  Please visit our website at or contact Denise Harris or Kelly Rymer to learn more!


Church Has Left the Building

One Sunday each fall, YUMC has an abbreviated worship service then uses the morning to go out and serve the community in mission.  Project opportunities continue throughout the week as the congregation puts God’s love in action in a variety of ways.

To Get Involved:

  • Church Has Left the Building Projects

Sign up for a project and get to work!


 Life Giving Water Fund

The mission of the Life-Giving Water Fund (LGWF) is to improve the lives of children and their families by providing reliable sources of fresh, clean drinking water to rural villages in Zambia. Originating at YUMC in 2002, LGWF continues to be nurtured by this congregation.  Since its inception, the program has drilled over 120 deep water wells, providing access to clean water for nearly 150,000 people. Currently, however, millions of people in Zambia still don’t have access to clean water.

Access to clean water dramatically reduces water-borne diseases, allows young girls in particular to attend school rather than walk many kilometers a day to collect dirty water, and affords the families opportunity to grow crops for healthy nutrition.









To Get Involved:

  • Contact Dale Van Aken, Debbie Van Aken or Richard Hachoose for further information or to organize a presentation in the community.
  • Make a donation or a gift to a family member or on behalf of your company or organization.
  • Learn more at:

United Methodist Church National Web Site

Eastern Pennsylvania Conference Web Site