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Old Dutch Church is not only interested in our own congregation's needs, our building or even our local community; our vision of Outreach literally extends to "the ends of the earth." Old Dutch Church sponsors missionaries through the Global Mission Services of the Reformed Church of America branches in Bahrain and Oman in the Middle East. In addition, we help support "one of our own," Jennifer Bliss, who has been serving as a missionary in Bosnia Herzegovina for several years.
We support the Reformed Church seminary at New Brunswick and are also involved locally in mission through cooperative work with the Kingston Area Council of Churches. We have partnered with Habitat for Humanity and provide financial support for the Rural and Migrant Ministries. We are also involved in helping residents in our local, community who are hungry. We support Caring Hands Soup Kitchen and and we have our own food pantry here at the Church. Also, each month we purchase food vouchers from Hannaford Supermarkets for distribution by Family of Woodstock.
Our Mission & Outreach Committee regularly collects items (from personal care items to non-perishable foods to school supplies) for those in need in our area. The Old Dutch Church Fellowship sets up a Mitten Tree each November to collect hats, gloves, mittens, underwear and socks for needy children in the Kingston City School District and collects donations every Super Bowl Sunday as part of the nation-wide Souper Bowl of Caring program to fight poverty and hunger in America. Our Needleworkers group, an off-shoot of the Mission & Outreach Committee and Fellowship, has an ongoing project of making baby blankets for newborns and lap robes for local nursing home residents. Recently, the group has begun a project of making "chemo caps" for local cancer patients. Administered through the local schools, our Clothes for Kids Program provides coats, boots and other necessary clothing for needy children.
The Living Nativity at Old Dutch Church has been provided each year for the community for over 60 years. A stable is constructed in the church yard with live animals and any child or adult from the community is encouraged to participate by coming to the Church, getting dressed up and acting out the miracle of Christmas. If one does not feel like being in the Living Nativity, he or she can have as much fun as a spectator in the crowds which continue to gather every season to witness this great tradition. Candy canes, cookies and hot cocoa are provided for all making it easier to brave the cold weather. At Christmas our congregation also participates in the Love Angels program. Set up through the UC Department of Social Services, Children’s Division, this program provides interested supporters with "wish lists" (including age, gender, and sizes) for hundreds of children in Ulster County. Supporters are then able to act as Santa and give these children one of the gifts that was on their wish list.
We are working closely with our sister congregations in Uptown Kingston to more effectively minister to the needs of the inner city. We welcome you to share in our worship and our work in the name of Jesus Christ. If you would like to learn more about Old Dutch Church, please click here or contact 338-6759.
"Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for by doing that some have entertained angels without knowing it." Hebrews 13:2