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At St. Matthew’s United Methodist Church of Valley Forge, we work to obey God's command to love our neighbors as ourselves. In the process, we are able to rejuvenate our souls by helping others. There are numerous outreach opportunities for you to join. If you have any questions about any of them, please contact us.

Haws Avenue Soup Kitchen, Norristown
Help us feed the hungry in Norristown. Together we will make a healthy lunch for over 100 visitors.

Neighborhood Meals on Wheels
Neighborhood Meals on Wheels delivers 2 meals a day, 5 days a week to homebound Upper Merion Township residents. This also includes people living in King of Prussia, Bridgeport, and West Conshohocken.

We have been supporting this program ever since it was started in 1974. As one of the three churches to found the program, we continue to help this vital ministry through volunteering and monetary donations.

Good Works
Good Works, a Christian nonprofit organization, works to improve the living conditions for low-income families in Chester County, PA.

Our mission is to
  • Show God’s love to those living in substandard housing
  • Make homes warmer, safer, and drier
  • Replace hopelessness with the hope of Jesus Christ
Service is provided to homeowners at no cost. Volunteers do the majority of the repairs.

Laurel House
Laurel House strives to provide a safe haven for abused women and their children. They also work to raise public awareness about domestic violence and to campaign for social change against domestic violence.

Laurel House is a complete domestic violence agency that serves individuals, families, and communities throughout Montgomery County, PA. St. Matthew’s offers financial support and even holds drives in order to collect and donate needed items, such as school supplies, toiletries, and holiday costumes.

Christmas Alternative Giving
Around Christmas, we sponsor a variety of activities to honor a family member or friend with an "alternative gift." Instead of purchasing a traditional gift for someone who doesn't need or want more things, you can always make a gift in that person's name to one of our various programs. 
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Benefit Our Ministry Through the UMCmarket Program

UMCmarket launched in 2012. Since then, over 40,000 supporters have signed up to benefit over 4,000 ministries.

Now we are excited to tell you about the UMCmarket program, which contributes a percentage of each online purchase you make at participating stores to the ministry of your choice. This program includes more than 3,000 participating stores, which are organized by category, name, and your favorites.

Join this program to receive hundreds of continuously updated offers for savings from your favorite retailers. Watch this video to learn more about the UMCmarket. The video covers the new features and benefits available to you.

Go ahead and create your new account, confirm your account settings, and explore the new UMCmarket today!
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Spread Hope With Our Prison Ministry Team

St. Matthew’s joined with the Western Main Line United Methodist Mission ConneXion congregations to improve the family visiting area in the women's section of the Montgomery County Correctional Facility (MCCF). Through our efforts, we were able to transform the area into a more child- and family-friendly space.

A group visited the facility to examine the space, take measurements, and offer suggestions for what materials would be needed. Then a proposal was written and submitted to the warden, who approved our plans.

All of our congregations made contributions toward buying the necessary items for the room. A group of 11 congregation members met with 15 female inmates to talk about their hopes for the future and to create inspiring images of their hopes on cloth squares. The squares were used to produce a "Quilt of Hope," which is now hanging on the wall of the women's visiting area.

On the Monday night of July 21, 2014, a group of 12, which represented 5 churches, traveled to MCFF for the women's visiting room dedication.

The evening was a great one, and there were a good number of community members present, including the warden, chaplain, MCCF staff members, County Commissioner Shapiro, the Chief Adult Probation and Parole Officer, Carla Clanagan of In His Eyes Outreach Ministry, people from family services, and members of the children and youth departments.

Several female inmates, 4 of whom helped us with the Quilt of Hope, were also there. 

Commissioner Shapiro and a number of others expressed their appreciation for our ministry, and the female inmates shared their testimonies of how much the room meant to them and their children. We thanked and gave a unique note to every woman there who had provided an image of hope for the Quilt of Hope project.

Afterward, we took pictures and visited with each other before returning to our homes that evening, knowing that our congregations had been able to provide tangible support to the incarcerated women at MCCF and their families.

We hope that those who use the visiting room will be reminded of God’s love for them and that the Quilt of Hope will serve as an inspiration for all to focus on their hopes for the future.

If you are interested in joining our prison ministry team, please email our church office manager at admin@stmatthewsvf.org.
Join one of our outreach programs now.

Call 610-688-7055.
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