Offering a welcoming church community to all people, wherever they may be on their journey of faith, celebrating the glory of God through worship, fellowship, and service.

Our mission commitments seek to address the needs of our local community and beyond as we feed the hungry, provide disaster relief, house the homeless, work to alleviate poverty, and care for the environment. There are many ways to get involved including the annual Pumpkin Patch, now a PCCT institution and community favorite which raises money for local hunger-related charities.

PCCT has made commitments to provide monthly volunteers to the organizations listed on these pages. Sign-ups are generally handled via email on a month-by-month basis, making these opportunities easy to take advantage of whether you want to join us regularly or just once in a while. Please contact the church office if you would like to be added to a list of potential volunteers for any of these organizations. Simply respond to the email if you are available that month — we’ll be glad to have you join us!

 

Community Food Bank of New Jersey (Hillside)

Third Saturday, Oct – May; second or fourth Saturday, June – Sept

The Community Food Bank of New Jersey facilitates a regional distribution network of critical food supplies to emergency food pantries, soup kitchens, shelters and feeding programs in more than half the counties of New Jersey. Volunteers ages 12 and up help sort and repackage food for distribution. We never really know what’s in store until we arrive! A carpool leaves PCCT at 8:15 am and returns by 11:30 am.

 

nourish.NJ

Fourth Thursdays

Offering breakfast and noontime meals, nourish.NJ provides nutritious food in a warm, safe and caring environment, free of charge, no questions asked, to anyone who comes seeking nourishment. In addition, the Free Farmer’s Market provides fresh fruit, vegetables, dairy items and meat for guests to take home three times a week. As part of its hospitality, the organization also encourages and assists guests in accessing community resources, services and educational programs.

Church members serve meals, staff the Farmer’s Market, and donate milk or bread.

 

Family Promise

Family Promise of Morris County in partnership with dozens of churches and synagogues throughout Morris County, provides a rotating shelter for families experiencing a temporary loss of housing. It is one of the few organizations that houses families together as an intact unit. PCCT serves as a host site four weeks per year, and a team of our volunteers makes each week run smoothly. Volunteers are needed to host guests at PCCT, cook dinner, stay overnight, provide groceries, and do laundry.

 

 

Pumpkin Patch

Each October PCCT invites the community to help fight hunger and need by buying pumpkins and colorful gourds arrayed on our front lawn. This 100% volunteer effort is a much-anticipated highlight of the fall season. All proceeds go to three worthy organizations:

                    • nourish.NJ in Morristown
                    • The Community Food Bank of New Jersey in Hillside
                    • The Navajo Nation in New Mexico, which grows and delivers the pumpkins working through the non-profit organization Pumpkin Patch Fundraisers.

 

Bridges

Each year, Bridges makes over 200 “Runs” providing food, clothing and necessities along with hope to people in need in New York City, Newark and Irvington. Our congregation sponsors three of these runs, one each in the fall, winter and spring. Sandwiches and sack supper preparation is open to all ages; those under 11 should bring a parent to help! Runs are open to high school students, with a few spots reserved for adult chaperones. 

 

 

Interfaith Food Pantry 

The mission of the Interfaith Food Pantry is to:

                    • improve the health and well-being of Morris County residents in need by providing access to food, nutrition education and related resources
                    • provide hands-on opportunities for neighbors to help neighbors, and
                    • educate the public about the issues of hunger in our area.

The food pantry offers a wide range of programs to meet the needs of county families and individuals.

On an ongoing basis, PCCT members donate healthy canned goods and other non-perishable items by placing them in a bin in the upper lobby.

 

Harvest Festival

The Sunday before Thanksgiving

Since 1991, the Harvest Festival has been a way for us to express our thankfulness through gifts of food and time. Congregants bring non-perishable food items to worship, and stay after the service to help sort cans and boxes. Food is then delivered to the Interfaith Food Pantry in Morris Plains. This is a wonderful family event where children of all ages can participate.

 

America’s Grow-A-Row

The mission of America’s Grow-A-Row is to positively impact as many lives as possible through a volunteer effort of planting, picking, rescuing, and delivering free fresh produce to those in need. We host seasonal family days to help plant and harvest produce.

 

 

 

 

Earth Care

PCCT has been certified as an Earth Care Congregation by the Environmental Ministries of Presbyterian Church (USA) for more than five years. A church earns this distinction by tracking its commitments to earth care in the areas of worship, education, facilities, and outreach.

 

 

Serving Others in Challenging Times

PCCT has had a long history of responding to the needs of the community. Click here for stories of ways that we have provided help when needed.