Germantown Mennonite Church

What We Do

GMC is a highly engaged, active church with strong roots in our community of Northwest Philadelphia. We strive to put much of our energy into serving those around us and pouring into our youth and young people. We find this focus deepens our worship and wholeness as a church. 

New Sanctuary Movement

Our community currently provides sanctuary to Carmela Apollonia Hernandez and her four children and supports their struggle for the right to live freely without threat of deportation. They have lived in our church since December 2018, and previously lived in sanctuary at the historic Church of the Advocate in North Philly. Their campaign is coordinated by the New Sanctuary Movement.

New Sanctuary Movement builds community across faith, ethnicity, and class in their work to end injustices against immigrants regardless of immigration status, express radical welcome for all, and ensure that values of dignity, justice, and hospitality are lived out in practice and upheld in policy.


How can you help?

  1. Pray with Carmela and other faith leaders every Wednesday at noon on Facebook live. 

  2. Give to support Carmela’s campaign. 

  3. Call your senator and representative and ask them to support Carmela’s struggle for freedom:

New Sanctuary Movement of Philadelphia
2601 Potter St
Philadelphia, PA 19125  |  Tel: 215-279-7060

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Children & Youth

Children and young people are a gift from God and central to all we do at GMC. We desire that our children feel loved and valued by the GMC community, develop values of kindness, honesty, justice, peaceful responses to life’s challenges, learn about the Biblical story, grow in love for God and Jesus, make peer friendships in the church family, and relate to adults in positive ways. The pandemic has changed how we gather, but it has not changed the depth of God’s love for young people. 

Worship Participation
Every worship service includes an opportunity for children to gather at the heart of worship for a lesson and prayer. And even on Zoom, young people can read scripture and contribute meditative music to the service. 

Sunday School
We offer Sunday School for Pre-K through 12th grade 10:15-10:45am before worship. Contact the office for the link. 

Youth Group
Over 30 youth, grades 5-12, gather every month for prayer, connection, and learning together. This fall, we’re trying a combination of small in-person cohorts and zoom meetings, centered around the theme of Healing Justice. 

Our Whole Lives
Every other year, we offer the Our Whole Lives (OWL) program to children in 5th - 12th grades. OWL is a progressive approach to sexuality education and is based firmly on the values of self-worth, sexual health, responsibility, justice and inclusivity. We want to support our young people in making healthy and loving decisions regarding their bodies, their identities, and their relationships. We believe that faith-rooted sexuality education can help young people, families, and our church as a whole have a healthy conversation about sexuality and faith.

Other Activities

Other fun activities for younger kids to connect pop up periodically on our listserv!

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Urban Resources Development Corporation (URDC)

URDC helps hundreds of families in Germantown and its surrounding communities through renovating abandoned or dilapidated homes for eventual sale to first-time homebuyers through their Housing Rehabilitation Program; or assisting senior and low-income homeowners with exterior home repairs via their Owner Occupied Repair Program.

Urban Resources Development Corporation

6001 Germantown Avenue

Philadelphia, PA 19144  |  Tel: 267-289-2159

Germantown Mennonite Historic Trust

GMHT cares for the historic 1770 Germantown Mennonite Meetinghouse, a significant symbol of the first permanent Mennonite settlement in North America.

Germantown Mennonite Historic Trust
6133 Germantown Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19144  |  Tel: 215-843-0943

Kingdom Builders Construction

 Kingdom Builders Construction is a network of Anabaptist churches and community organizations in the Philadelphia area.

Kingdom Builders Construction

2030 East Willard Street

Philadelphia PA 19134  |  Tel: 267-281-3731

Brethern-Mennonite Council for LGBT Interests

BMC works to cultivate an inclusive church and society and to care for the Mennonite and Brethren lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and allied community.

Brethren Mennonite Council for LGBT Interests

PO Box 6300

Minneapolis, MN 55406  |  Tel: 612-343-2060

Germantown Avenue Crisis Ministry

Germantown Avenue Crisis Ministry connects at-risk Northwest Philadelphia residents to resources within themselves and the community, that resolve their crises, stabilize their lives and equip them to take the next step(s) toward self-sufficiency.

Germantown Avenue Crisis Ministry

35 W Chelten Avenue

Philadelphia, PA 19144  |  Tel: 215-843-2340

Philadelphia Interfaith Hospitality Network

Philadelphia Interfaith Hospitality Network provides assessment and referrals, emergency housing, supportive service and transitional housing to families in the Philadelphia area.

Philadelphia Interfaith Hospitality Network

7047 Germantown Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19119  |  Tel: 215-247-4663

Museum of Art and Peace

Our Museum of Art and Peace, held inside our church building, displays both our own collection of art that challenges us to proclaim peace and justice, and welcomes exhibits from artists that relate to these themes. To learn more about our Museum of Art and Peace, contact the church office.

Museum of Art and Peace

at Germantown Mennonite Church

21 West Washington Lane

Philadelphia, PA 19144

Yes! And... Collaborative Arts

Yes! And... Collaborative Arts equips children and young people with the tools to be better learners, to believe in themselves and to realize their dreams through the work of creating collaboratively with peers and professional artists.

Yes! And... Collaborative Arts

21 West Washington Lane

Philadelphia, PA 19144  |  Tel: 215-278-4264

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