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Ben & Ben's Excellent Adventure!

Pastor Ben gives Ben Whalen a ride to "work" but they have different ideas of what that means...

In all seriousness, we believe it is essential that we live out our faith in the neighborhoods and communities we are a part of. For us that is primarily the city of Richfield. Check out below some of the different ways we are involved around town and see if you'd like to join us! Please contact Ben Whalen, our Director of Community Development, if you have questions, want more information, or are ready to join us for some upcoming community events!

 

 

 

Reading Buddies at RDLS

When House of Prayer first started in 1953 and didn't yet have a building, the congregation worshipped in the gym of what is now the Richfield Dual Language School. We now have several volunteers who go to RDLS once or twice a week during the school year to work with students on their reading skills. One volunteer said, "One third grader I got to read with multiple times really made strides! In the short time we worked together she improved enough to move up a reading group in her class so it really made a difference!"

Adopting Christian Park

Richfield has many beautiful parks around town and relies on volunteers through the "Adopt-A-Park" program to help keep them litter-free. We've adopted Christian Park off Bloomington Ave and 69th St and have clean up days a couple times each summer where we invite neighbors to come and care for the park with us!

Police Multicultural Advisory Committee (PMAC)

The Richfield Police Department takes seriously the need to build trust with Richfield residents and knows police-community relations are strained all across the country. One way they work toward building that trust is through PMAC,  a group of citizens working with RPD to better communicate with the community to understand and address their hopes and concerns. Several of our members have joined or volunteered with PMAC for monthly conversations, Unity in the Community, Voices Heard, and other events designed to build trust and care not just between officers and residents but between people of the many cultures and backgrounds represented in Richfield. For more info about PMAC and its parent program, JCPP, click here.
 

Celebrations - 4th of July & Penn Fest

There are a few big celebrations in Richfield, most notably the 4th of July festivities and Penn Fest in the Fall. Our church usually has a pretty big group march in the parade together to hand out candy and invitations to join us for worship and other activities. This past year the ReFuel band joined us and played music from our float which was a big hit! Penn Fest is a massive "open street" style celebration and we like to have a tent set up there as well.

Wood Lake Nature Center

Right in the middle of town is a beautfiul 150-acre natural area with hiking trails, nature programs, and lots of wildlife to see. They also have many opportnities to volunteer, including helping in the office, bird watching, and assisting with special events like Earth Day, the Urban Wildland half-marathon, and others.

Richfield Gardener's Market

Our area of town is what's known as a "food desert" - it's hard to access food, especially fresh produce, without a car. There are also a TON of gardener's in town. The Gardener's Market is a chance for people who need produce to come get it for free and for gardener's with any extra crops to donate what they have. This year it's happening in the House of Prayer parking lot at 5pm on July 23, August 27, and September 24. We'd love for you to join us as a volunteer, donor, or just to get produce!

Immigrant Support

In response to increased anti-immigrant sentiments and hearing the fears and concerns of our immigrant neighbors, we as a congregation are working to figure out how we can show love and support for the immigrant communities around us. This is still in the beginning stages but let us know if you're interested in helping and we'll have updates soon!

 

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