Located in suburban Cincinnati Ohio, the Blue Ash Presbyterian
Church embraces and leads or contributes to a variety of mission
programs in the world.
Globally, we seek to impact positively the lives of those
in great need by using established personal relationships with
individuals on the ground.
In the local community, we aim to comfort the afflicted,
clothe the naked, and most of all feed the hungry.
Local Community Outreach and Service
Northeast Emergency Distribution Services
is a cooperative effort of churches and other community
organizations in northeastern greater Cincinnati that answers
Christ’s call to love our neighbor by providing emergency food
and financial assistance to those in need.
Each month, BAPC collects donations of a needed staple
for donation to the food pantry.
BAPC corporately and church members individually provide
financial support to the coalition.
For more information contact Mary Sue
Dickman or any member of the Mission
Hospice of Cincinnati
- Since 1977,
Hospice of Cincinnati has provided our community with
compassionate, comfort-oriented and personalized end-of-life
care to all who need it, regardless of ability to pay. Each
year, over 5,000 families rely on HOC, which provides care in a
variety of settings and offers myriad non-reimbursable services
such as healing touch, music, art and pet therapy and
bereavement support. The sewing group at Blue Ash Presbyterian
Church makes and donates pressure pillows to the HOC Blue Ash
Healthcare for the Homeless–The
congregation provides ongoing donations of warm socks and cough
drops for this outreach program serving needy residents of
downtown and Over-the-Rhine.
Dr. Nancy Elder of BAPC works in the urban clinics and
leads this effort.
Mitten Trees and Helping Hands Tree –
Each December, the congregation of BAPC decks two Christmas
trees with gifts of hats, gloves, mittens, scarfs, and socks.
Apparel from these Mitten Trees are
donated to N.E.E.D.S., to the Hazelwood community, and to urban
churches where needs for winter clothing are great.
At the same time, the Helping Hands Tree allows each
congregant to donate to the project of her or his choice by
attaching the donation to a paper hand, selecting the receiving
organization, and hanging the hand upon the tree.
Samaritan's Purse (Operation Christmas Child)
Operation Christmas Child brings joy and hope to
children in desperate situations around the world through
gift-filled shoe boxes and the Good News of God’s love. BAPC
fills and donates around one hundred shoe boxes every November.
People of all ages can be involved in this simple,
hands-on missions project while
focusing on the true meaning of Christmas—Jesus Christ.
Soles 4 Souls/Barefoot Sunday
– Annually BAPC participates in
Barefoot Sunday during a worship service in the
Spring. All who are
able may take the shoes off their feet and leave them at the
altar; alternatively, one may bring an extra pair to donate.
Children’s shoes are especially needed.
The non-profit Soles4Souls facilitates the donations of
shoes by BAPC, other houses of worship, and businesses; the
shoes aid the hurting worldwide.
Matthew 25 Ministries –
Headquartered right in Blue Ash, OH,
Ministries is an international humanitarian relief
organization whose mission is “to fulfill Matthew 25:34-40 by
providing nutritional food to the hungry, clean water to the
thirsty, clothing to the naked, shelter to the homeless, medical
care to the ill, and humanitarian supplies to prisoners.”
BAPC members go to M25M's Blue Ash warehouse and pack
boxes to be shipped across the globe.
Bethany House collaborates with others to provide a
full range of housing, education, and assistance programs to
homeless and disadvantaged women and children.
Members of the BAPC congregation assist with Children's
For more information on any of these local programs, contact
Pastor Mike or any member of the Mission Committee of BAPC.
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International Outreach Programs
Albert Schweitzer Hospital Haiti
– The Hôpital Albert Schweitzer
provides medical care and community health and development
programs for more than 300,000 impoverished people in the
Antibonite Valley of Haiti. A member
of the BAPC family, Ms. Dawn Johnson, serves on the permanent
staff as Technical Coordinator, Integrated Community
Services—specializing in community water programs.
BAPC supports HAS financially
through special offerings and hosts visits by Dawn frequently.
This mission received higher support and interest
following the 2010 earthquake and subsequent cholera epidemic
that hit the Antibonite Valley.
Learn how you can help by visiting the
website or sending
e-mail to Dawn Johnson directly.
in 2009, BAPC partners with the rural community of Shari village
in Machame, Kilimanjaro Region,
Tanzania. In 2010,
BAPC raised over $11,000 to rebuild the teachers’ quarters in
Uraa Primary School.
School leaders identified this as the greatest need,
because the half-century-old building was so dilapidated that
the school could not attract and retain qualified faculty.
This partnership stresses connections built between the
partners in Cincinnati and in Shari—aided by the fact that one
family in BAPC has close relatives in that Tanzanian village.
After rebuilding the staff housing, BAPC changed gears in
2011 to begin supporting scholarships for bright children of
little means to attend secondary school.
Many are orphans unable to afford the approximately
US$100/year needed for fees and supplies.
Click here to view a 6-minute-long video about the
Uraa Primary School Project.
(This link will take you to the
Frances Newton Hospital–BAPC
continues to support the
Newton Hospital in Firozpur,
Begun in 1894, the 300-bed general hospital is still the only
well-equipped civilian hospital in an area with a population of
Dr. Dorothy Lee Ferris, a former member of BAPC, served for 35
years (1936-1971) as a medical missionary to the center. When
she arrived in 1936 there were 50 beds and 20 nurses. By 1971
with her help, the hospital had expanded to include 300 beds, 17
doctors and 160 students in the well-established School of
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Mission Programs of Presbyterian Church, U.S.A.
BAPC actively embraces and extends several annual outreach
programs of the
General Assembly Mission Council of the Presbyterian
Church. We receive
special offerings annually including
One Great Hour of Sharing,
Peacemaking Offering on World Communion Sunday, and
Christmas Joy Offering.