Ministry Through Mission

At Lampeter Church of the Brethren, we believe that folks who have a strong relationship with God in Christ will live a life of showing love to others through mission. As a congregation, we support many organizations and ministries outside of our own congregation as a way of "walking our talk."

Here are just a few of the organizations and missions we are currently supporting as a congregation:

  • After School Ministry

    It is our goal to be invested in serving those in our local community. Beginning in January, 2019, our church will start an after school program for 6th and 7th graders in the Lampeter-Strasburg School District providing a safe place to go after school. The program will provide an opportunity for kids to learn and participate in activities such as trade jobs, sports, homework,  games, and much more. A healthy snack will also be provided. 

  • Brethren Disaster Ministries

    Brethren Disaster Ministries Work

    Individuals from our congregation travel to various parts of the United States to work with Brethren Disaster Ministries for clean up and construction following catastrophic natural events (hurricanes, fires, tornadoes, etc.). Some even go on these mission trips annually!

    Brethren Disaster Relief Auction

    Each year, the Disaster Relief Auction is held at the Lebanon Expo & Fair Grounds. Quilts, toys, decorations, food items, animals, etc. are sold to raise money for disaster relief. As a congregation, we donate money for the purchase of heifers to be sold at the auction.  Of course, folks are encouraged to participate in the auction weekend as well.

    The Auction, in cooperation with the Atlantic Northeast and Southern Districts of the Church of the Brethren, began in 1977 and has provided over $12,000,000 in disaster relief to victims of natural and man-made disasters both in the US and internationally.

    Learn more at the Brethren Disaster Ministries site:

  • Camp Swatara

    Located at the foot of beautiful Blue Mountain in northwestern Berks County, Pennsylvania. Camp Swatara is owned and operated by the Atlantic Northeast District of the Church of the Brethren and is a member of the Outdoor Ministries Association of the Church of the Brethren.

    The purpose of Camp Swatara is to provide opportunities in the natural setting for persons of all ages to grow in their relationship with Jesus Christ, so that they may give their lives to Him in total discipleship. There are various resident camps to choose from each year. Brochures with more information can be found on the Camp bulletin board in the early spring. 

    Family Camp Out

    Each year, our congregation is invited to participate in a Family Camp Out weekend in Family Camp at Camp Swatara. Camp sites for tents and full hookup campers and cabins are available. This weekend is a great weekend of family fellowship around the campfire! 


  • COBYS Family Services

    Located in Leola, PA, COBYS Family Services is a private non-profit family services agency. It began in 1980 and is a program of the Atlantic Northeast District of the Church of the Brethren. COBYS Family Services seeks to express Christ's love and concern for the physical, emotional, and spiritual well being of people. COBYS provides education, respite and therapy for children, youth and adults to help maintain and restore wholeness for themselves and their families.

    COBYS Family Services include:

    • Foster care  
    • Adoption  
    • Individual and family counseling  
    • Family life education  
    • Teen mother and child group home  
    • Reunification program  

    To learn more about COBYS Family Services, visit

  • Community Meal Program

    Our church supports and participates in the Community Meal Program by providing and serving a hot meal the first Thursday of every other month at Christ Lutheran Church. There are more than 40 congregations who host hot meals somewhere in Lancaster County every day of the year. These free, hot meals are served three times a day, 365 days a year.

    The Lancaster County Council of Churches started the Community Meals program in 2001. In 2012, the Council’s Community Meals program served over 100,000 meals.

    This program is more than just providing a warm meal. It is about providing time, love and care to many who are not only hungry, but need someone to talk to. Through this program, relationships develop and lives are changed.

    Learn more about the work of the Council and the Community Meals program at:

    Lancaster County Council of Churches.

  • Bob & Judy Kay

    Crossworld Missions, Texas

    Bob and Judy Kay share the love of Christ with immigrants from many different countries. They work with the Hispanic church in Irving, Texas,  and Bob often preaches in Spanish. Their work in the Texas includes training and mentoring new Christian leaders among the Hispanic population.

  • Giving Garden

    Our Giving Garden is planted by our Children's Ministry Team each year.  The  children learn how to plant, care for, and reap a harvest! But, more importantly, our children learn how to love and share with others through this experience.  Our goal is to teach the children how to be mission-minded in the early years of their lives.

    The vegetables and herbs raised in this garden are donated to Mom's House in Lancaster City. 

  • Global Mission Teams

    We have had the great pleasure to send many individuals to places outside of the United States. Many individuals have served in Haiti, Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, Costa Rica, Switzerland, Brazil, Peru, Panama, Kenya, Swaziland, Guinee Bissau, India, and New Zealand! Many have also served in other areas of the United States such as Ohio,  Georgia, South Carolina, and North Carolina. That is just the beginning of the list! It is a blessing for us to be able to send  individuals out to serve the world around us. We desire to Go and be love in a world that is filled with darkness.