Dardenne Presbyterian Church feels strongly about reaching out beyond the walls of the church building and making a difference locally, nationally, and around the world.  Shown below are a list of some of our outreach ministries so you get a sense of our involvement and where you might feel called to get involved.

Where are you called to serve?  Every Christian has at least one spiritual gift. (1 Peter 4:10)  Have you discovered yours?  Even if think you know your gifts, could another lie undiscovered?  An online Spiritual Gifts Survey is available to help you discover your gifts.  If you’d prefer to download the survey and do it yourself offline, click here.

Backpack Program

Hunger Doesn’t Take a Weekend Break

Each week Dardenne Presbyterian Church decreases the burden of childhood hunger by collecting over 700 food items to feed 60 local elementary children who live below the federal poverty level.

The partner organization for Operation Backpack is Operation Foodsearch, a regional charity dedicated to healing hunger in the greater St. Louis area.

Let’s work together to stand in the gap for these children.

Please donate any of the following individually packaged, shelf-stable items.

  • Canned vegetables, fruit, or soups
  • Macaroni and cheese
  • Granola bars
  • Hot chocolate
  • Canned ravioli
  • Oatmeal
  • Individual snack items

Together we will ensure that these precious children will receive proper nutrition vital to their growth and development.

For more information or to get involved, please contact us at
backpacks@dpc4u.org or call Jessica Grotewiel directly at (314)-603-1415.
Helping Hands

Helping Hands is a local mission that assists both church members and people in the local community that are experiencing short term financial need. Funds for this mission come from dedicated giving to the Helping Hands Fund. The fund will assist with rent, utilities and any other need deemed worthy by the committee.

Those wishing to apply for assistance should start by stopping by the church office and filling out a request form. For this form, you will need: ssn#, driver’s license, information on income and expenses, copy of bill and/or account numbers, name and address, landlord name and address (if applicable). Someone will contact you when the request is received. Within two weeks you will receive a letter informing you of the action taken by the Helping Hands Committee.

Hope Food Pantry

The HOPE Ministries Food Pantry started in 1988, and operates under the auspices of Operation Food Search. HOPE Food Ministries is open on Wednesdays from 8-10am, and is located at 206 Elm Street in O’Fallon. For more information, call our church office at (636) 561-4347.  We collect and distribute food weekly to those who have qualified. As part of our ministry of help, we also encourage our patrons to sign up for Christmas gifts.

Beyond the Christmas help, we collect food all year. There is a large armoire in Mission Hall where food items can be dropped off for pick up. Any non-perishable foods are greatly appreciated. We also continue to need plastic and paper grocery bags. Thank you so much for your help and support. Look for us in Mission Hall!

Mary Martha Thrift Store

Mary Martha Thrift Store is located in Wentzville.  It is run by seven local churches including DPC.  Once every seven weeks it is our turn to run the store.  There are two parts to the store.  In the clothing side every thing is sold for $3 a brown bag full or 50 cents for an individual item.  The other side sells kitchen goods, toys, books, crafts, tools and more.  These items are individually priced but most items are less then $1.

Our responsibilities include emptying the never ending bags of donations, placing them on hangars if necessary and then putting them out on the racks and shelves.  There is no heavy lifting involved.  We even have some jobs where you can sit and work.

The store is open Tues. and Thurs. from 9 to 4 and Sat. from 9 to Noon.  We just ask for a couple of hours of your time.

All the profits from the sales are divided equally amongst the seven churches and goes into each church’s Helping Hand Fund.  This fund helps the needy right here in our own backyard.  Mary Martha also contributes to the Salvation Army, Crisis Nursery, Catholic schools, Food Pantry and more.

Minutemen

Therefore go and make disciples of all nations…”— Matthew 28:19 (NIV)

We seek to be faithful to the Great Commission and invite you to join us in the exciting work.

Are you excited about what’s happening at our church? Do you want to share it with others? Do you think Dardenne is a friendly church? Do you contribute to that friendliness?

Who are the Minutemen?

We go to the homes of our 1st time visitors to welcome them and answer their questions.
We share our excitement about Dardenne.
We give them information & fresh baked bread.
We share your excitement about DPC with others

How can I be a Minute-person?

We’ll train you.
We’ll provide the literature.
You don’t even have to bake the bread.
Each Sunday we visit homes immediately after church. About once a month a couple goes out to visit.  Contact the church office for more information.

Missions (Local, National, International)

For more information about the many Missions we participate in, visit our Missions page.

Operation Christmas Child

Operation Christmas Child brings joy and hope to children in desperate situations world wide through gift-filled shoe boxes and the Good News of God’s love.

Everyday, boys and girls worldwide suffer from war, poverty, disease and natural disaster. Operation Christmas Child makes it possible for millions of these children to experience God’s love through shoe boxes filled with gifts by caring individuals, families, churches and other groups in the U.S. and 10 other sending countries. OCC distributes the gifts to children in almost 100 countries and works in and through local churches where possible, offering children Gospel literature and culturally appropriate evangelistic and follow-up programs. The shoe box gifts open doors for presenting the Good News of Jesus Christ.

National Collection week always falls the week before Thanksgiving on any given year. Information on collection times and opportunities for volunteering become available in the later part of October and will be announced here.

Prayer & Praise Hour

Prayer and Praise Hour is a ministry of song, scripture, prayers, and a devotional given at two senior care facilities in the Wentzville and O’Fallon areas.

On the 1st Sunday at 10:45 am of every month the Prayer and Praise service is held at Twin Oaks Estate, an assisted care living facility in O’Fallon. On the 3rd Sunday at 11:00 am the service is at the Parklane Care and Rehabilitation Center in Wentzville. Anyone interested in helping in any way may call Nancy Ficken.

Prayer Shawl Ministry

Prayer shawls are given to anyone in need of comfort. Did you know that you are part of this ministry? Prayer shawls are lovingly created for folks who need warm arms of concern wrapped about them. Dardenne Yarn Angels knit or crochet shawls while praying for the recipient. Prayer shawls may be given to any­one in need of comfort regardless of church affiliation and may be given by anyone within the church. The shawls are kept in the closet across from the office mailboxes. Feel free to take one and record the recipient’s name on the clipboard hanging in the closet. If you would like to become a Dardenne Yarn Angel, know of someone who is in need of a Prayer Shawl, or have any questions, please contact Leah Reynolds at 636­-485­-9653 or Nancy Krone at 636­-978-­2301.

Restore St. Charles
Restore St. Charles was founded to help our fellow citizens with the challenges facing them today and enabling them to reclaim their future. It is a missions focused group started by the members of Dardenne Presbyterian Church and supported by several local churches, service organizations, and gracious sponsors. All are focused on helping where help is needed. For more information, visit the Restore St Charles website.

Mission

To restore lives, hope and faith by restoring homes and properties.

Objective

Enable clients to better cope with their problems (lifestyle, medical, personal) by relieving them of difficulties fostered by inadequate living quarters.

Bring together those that want to help:
Volunteers – skilled and unskilled who agree with our mission
Churches –who are seeking to improve their local outreach
Sponsors – businesses and individuals using their dollars to really make a difference

The King will answer and say to them,

“Truly I say to you, to the extent that you did it to one of these brothers of Mine, even the least of them, you did it to Me.”— Matthew 25:40

Here’s some examples of how Restore St. Charles has helped:
Family X – Removed damaged flooring and laid hardwood floor of a family with five young children and mother who was, and continues to be, treated for cancer.
Family Y – Laid tile floor and installed toilet and sink in first floor bath for single mom with 4 young children, one disabled and unable to climb stairs to upstairs bath.
Family Z – Repaired the roof of a manufactured home being destroyed by squirrels.
LINC Recreation Facility – Cleaned up the recreational facilities, painting tables, cutting grass and removing trash.
1911 Glengate Residence – fully restored a condemned residence for an evicted single parent family and brought the home up to code; completed on Christmas Eve.

Jesus demands our personal involvement in caring for other’s needs. Be it a simple act of kindness or rebuilding a home; Restore St. Charles is working hard to do what is expected of us. Will you join us?

Please Email Restore St. Charles for more information or contact the church office.

Strategic Water Team

Strategic Water Teams “We are people of faith who have learned how to make a difference in the world. We train indigenous leaders to test their water, to purify their water, and to improve community sanitation, We’re hands on. We do it. We teach it. We train others. Join us. You will be changed forever. – www.strategicwaterteams.com

Taekwondo

For more information about our Taekwondo ministry, please visit their Facebook page.

Tamil School

Please check back.  More information to be added soon.

Vacation Bible School

DSC_3335Each summer, we have a Vacation Bible School.   Please visit our VBS page for more information.