Banner Outreach

Pennington Presbyterian Banner Outreach Program

If you have driven in front of the church building in recent weeks, you probably noticed one of our new banners on display. The 4-foot by 8-foot big blue message is hard to miss, and our church’s central location ensures that everyone in Pennington will see it at some point. The Banners will rotate with seasons, the focus of programs, or just to make sure that the community at large understands that we are an inclusive, Christ-centered church that believes in putting our faith into practice.

The banner outreach program was started in the fall of 2018 to inform the Hopewell Valley community of our desire to welcome and love all of our neighbors.   The outreach targets the ignored, marginalized, suffering, or those who may not think God or church is for them.  At the same time, the banner program helps us reflect on how best to be accepting and supportive of those feeling neglected or rejected.

Church welcomes families.

Family Welcome Banner at Pennington Presbyterian Church

Our Church Welcomes Families and Children

The banner campaign was designed to support the Session’s strategic goal of reaching out to our neighbors in Pennington and Hopewell Valley. Our first banner timed to accompany the start of our Sunday School program, welcomed families with children.

PPC Welcomes the LGBTQIA+ Community

Our LGBTQIA+ banner says welcome to persons who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer or questioning, intersex, and asexual or aromantic +. (The “+” at the end of the acronym reflects that there are people in this community who do not fit neatly into one of these distinctions.) The banner is accompanied by a rainbow flag, the international symbol of LGBTQIA+ acceptance.

LGBTQIA+ Banner at Pennington      

The LGBTQIA+ banner and flag welcoming this community to Pennington Presbyterian Church.

PPC welcomes with love those with mental health issues themselves or in their family or close circle of friends.

PPC Welcomes Those Impacted by Mental Health Issues

This banner is meant to offer a message of love and encouragement. Our hope is to put into words the kind of welcome we find in Jesus because it’s a message of blessing for our community.

The banner says, “Mental Health Issues? Jesus loves you and so will we.”  This message is important

because mental health challenges still hold a stigma that causes some to feel shame, fear, and isolation. One way we can share the good news of God’s grace is to remind our community that Jesus loves everyone. No physical or mental illness makes a person unlovable or unworthy of God’s love. We take our lead from Jesus and do all we can to love each other and to remove barriers that keep us apart. This is a message for the wider Hopewell Valley and for the members and friends of our church who could benefit from this reminder.

Pennington Presbyterian has a new Task Force on Mental Health. For more information or to volunteer your help, contact Rev. Nancy Mikoski.  Nancy@pennpres.org or 609-737-1221 ext. 14.

Future Banners Planned to Welcome Other Groups, Including those Impacted by Opioids

In the queue are banners reaching out to all sorts of people. We want to communicate the breadth and depth of God’s grace in Jesus Christ. At the same time, the Mission Committee is actively exploring how we can be an effective resource to those in our community dealing with opioid challenges. A new Task Force on Mental Health is forming to respond to those challenges. We want all of Pennington and Hopewell Valley to know that Jesus loves them, and that we too love them and are eager to welcome them into our fellowship. We need only look to Christ’s example, where he reached out to tax collectors, sinners, sick people, and women and children who were marginalized at that time.