What to Expect



WHERE:
Our Sunday morning worship experiences take place at
Samuel Gompers Elementary School located at 5701 Wynnefield Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19131.

WHEN:
Our services begin at 10:00 am and last for only 1 hour and 15minutes.
Come early for free coffee, juice and light refreshments before service.


 


Do I need to dress up?
We intentionally dress casual because we truly believe and practice the old adage, “come as you are.”

How early should I get there?
Service begins promptly at 10:00AM preceded by our continental breakfast that begins at 9:30AM.

Can I bring my children?
Children are welcome at West Park Church, and we have special age-appropriate programs just for them. Parents of children ages 3 years old through 5th grade are especially encouraged to arrive early to register their children for West Park Kids.

Will I have to introduce myself in front of everybody?
Nope! We want you to feel comfortable, so we won’t single you out as a guest. However, we’d love to get to know you, so if you are comfortable feel free to introduce yourself with our Guest Services team members before and after service, and turn in a connection card so we can keep in touch with you.

Where can I park?
We have a free parking lot conveniently located in back of the school. However, there is also plenty free street parking available.

I have another question that wasn’t answered here. How can I get in contact with a leader?
Please email us at info@westparkchurch.cc and one of our leaders will get back to you to answer any further questions you have.

We look forward to seeing you at West Park Church!


About our Current Series

Parental Guidance: Is it Us or is it them?

 

Parental Guidance is a 2012 American family-comedy film starring Billy Crystal, Bette Midler, Marisa Tomei, and Tom Everett Scott and directed by Andy Fickman. It was released on December 25, 2012 by 20th Century Fox. In the film, Artie and Diane (grandparents) agree to look after their three grandchildren when their type-A helicopter parents need to leave town for work. Problems arise when the grandchildren’s 21st century behavior begin to collide with Artie and Diane’s old-school methods. As tensions mounts as Artie and Diane (grandparents) and Phil and Alice (parents) disagree on what is the best method for raising their children. With this in mind, many of us can relate to this same tension when it comes to raising our children, grandchildren, nieces and /or nephews. In many cases we are asking ourselves the question, “Is it us or is it them?”

Our objective is to uncover some practical insight to decoding our children and partnering with God to help them become the best versions of themselves.

 

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West Park Kids is our children’s ministry uniquely designed for children 3 years old through fifth grade, to experience safe, age-appropriate environments where the Bible is taught in a creative way that they can understand.


FAQ

What will my child do in West Park Kids?
Each Sunday, the West Park Kids teachers and staff aspire to create a dynamic learning environment that is relational, relevant and personal, striving to help each child discover their unique gifts, talents and abilities so they fulfill their God-given assignments.

Activities include:

What is the age breakdown for the West Park Kids rooms? When does my child move up to the next room?
Our Pre-K/Kindergarten class consist of students from ages 3 years old to 5 years old an our Elementary class consist of students in grades 1st-5th

Do the kids eat snack during West Park Kids?
Yes. We will provide students with an afternoon snack. A breakfast snack is provided for students who arrive between 9:30-10:15am.

What if my child needs to use the bathroom?
We ask that all parents take their children to the restrooms prior to check-in. However, if a student needs to use the restroom during service, our teachers will assist them.

What if my child is having difficulty adjusting to West Park Kids?
We have found that if parents sit with their child or children during the first visit, this practice usually minimizes any difficulties. However, should the need arise for you to attend to your child a text message will be sent to your phone requesting that you return to the West Park Kids area.

How do you screen your volunteers?
We conduct official nationwide background checks on all volunteers interested in serving with children.

West Park Kids looks like fun! How can I become a volunteer?

In you are interested in volunteering please email us at info@westparkchurch.cc


Our Story & Vision

Marc & Monica Poland


Our story begins simply with our pursuit of God and His purpose for our lives.  Over the last 18 years, we believe God has aligned us with great leaders and mentors that would help prepare us by laying the foundation and creating the shared experiences needed to serve in Philadelphia.

It is so surreal that we are now fully living out this God-given dream to come home to plant a life-giving church.  We realize that in many ways, West Park Church is the culmination of our experiences, pursuits and discoveries of God and His truths in our lives.  

However, it is not so much about launching something new, as it is more about finally joining Him in the work that He has already planned for us to do.  And that plan is to place a call out to His people in order for us to bring our unique gifts, talents, abilities and passions together so we can work to fulfil His purpose and plan.  We feel very fortunate that we get to play a role in mobilizing God’s people to serve others and this great city of Philadelphia.


Marc was born and raised in Philadelphia and is passionate about the city, which can be seen by his love for the neighborhood he grew up in and his support of the professional sports teams.

Over the last 18 years Marc has served bi-vocationally in corporate sales and as a servant leader in various capacities in ministry. For the last 15 years Marc has worked for a Fortune 200 technology and software company where he has established himself as one the top selling sales executives in the country.

Most recently Marc has served on the Pioneering & Teaching Teams for The Perfecting Church located in Washington Township, NJ. He also directed the student communities, which included toddlers through middle school students as well as over 100+ volunteers.

Marc has been married to his wife Monica for over 14 years. Together they have three beautiful children. He loves spending time with her, their children and having a good cheeseburger.

Monica was also born and raised in Philadelphia, PA. As a child, she spent many summers with relatives in Eatonton, GA, a small town outside of Atlanta. Since 2000 she has been married to Marc and proud to serve as mommy to their three children.

She attended Temple University where she earned her Bachelor's of Science degree in Early Childhood/Elementary Education before earning a Master's of Science degree in Education with a Reading Specialist concentration from Cabrini College.

There are no dull moments in the life of this wife and mother. By day, she serves as an Assistant Principal for an area school district where she provides her team with the resources and support they need to begin their students' educational journeys.

Monica also served with Marc on The Perfecting Church’s pioneering team and served with him as a servant leader of the student communities.

Greg Richardson
Jamika Richardson
Linda Brown

Vision





Our vision, mission and strategy begin with this lingering question,

“What would our city look like if…?”

People loved
their enemies?

Families weren’t
broken?

People weren’t
killed?

Nobody
went hungry?

The weak
weren’t abused?

The addicted
were set free?

The wounded
were healed?

Lies weren’t
told?

Educational attainment
could be achieved?

And gainful employment
can be secured in our city?

…a large percentage of our city were reached with the gospel?
Is there any reason God couldn’t do in this city what he once did in ancient cities?

West Park Church exists to join God in the work He has already begun by reaching people who are far from Him, and leading them into a loving relationship with Jesus Christ.

By saturating all of society we believe we can transform the city of Philadelphia by reaching 150,000 people for Jesus Christ. Can you imagine what our city would look like if we reached 150,000 people?

We believe the local church are the "hands and feet" of God. Our approach to serving the city can be summed up in the following 4 values:

1. Gospel: Everything we do will be based on the gospel message.

2. Community: By doing life together we gain a new community of believers resulting in a family of deep friendships with people from all walks of life.

3. Balance: Teach the gospel message in a way that balances individual growth and commitment toward serving others.

4. Reproduce: As others join, we will begin reproducing this process throughout the entire city of Philadelphia

We believe the success of our strategy centers on the following three areas:

Church: We will work towards being a place of spiritual refuge, rest and security for neighbors and strangers.

Mission: We are a community of people that define ourselves around our real purpose of being the “hands and feet” of God in the city.

Culture: We will influence how decisions are made, how emotions are expressed, and how individuals relate to one another.



The Plan


We unashamedly care about the numbers. We believe if we can reach 150,000 people by 2035 the city of Philadelphia will never be the same again.

In the first five years we are aiming to...

Small Groups

Have at least one thriving small community group in each of the 46 zip codes in Philadelphia including university and college campuses

life changing

See impacting, life changing ministry happening in over 10,000 lives as we engage our neighbors, friends and family for Jesus Christ…even if those people never set foot in our weekend gatherings

give

Give $1,000,000.00 in support to our local charities and /or social services organizations in our community

volunteering

Serving our community by volunteering over 250,000 hours in various local missions for the well-being of our city

community engagements

Be regularly active in local community engagements. We have already begun serving in the education domain and will also engage in other domains as indicated in our strategy

global reach

Be actively involved as a church with at least one strategic, unreached location globally

church planting

Have planted at least one church in a strategic neighborhood in Philadelphia

GIVE


Starting a new church is no small endeavor. As we ask for partnership and commitment from friends and family with a passion for seeing transformation take place in the city of Philadelphia.

We honor your gifts with faithful stewardship, ethical business practices, and accountability so that you can have full confidence in the financial integrity of West Park Church.

All donations to West Park Church are 100% tax deductible.


i would like to give


GET INVOLVED


PARTNER WITH US

We are asking you to join in with us. There are two significant ways you can help us pursue and accomplish our vision, mission and goals:


Please pray for our new church, for our vision, mission, strategy, development and leadership over the next several months, as well as for our city and the people we will engage. We need hundreds of people praying for this church, this great city of Philadelphia and us as leaders. We will send monthly updates to our email list.
We are looking for individuals and family’s to join us as we pursue the mission to reach people who are far from God, and lead them into a loving relationship with Jesus Christ. We are looking for people who are committed to doing life together, engaging our city, and making a difference in the lives of others. If this information, vision and mission resonate in your heart, and if God is moving you to join us, we will help you find the perfect place to get involved. If you would like to volunteer send us an email to info@westparkchurch.org



Location / Contact

Sunday Worship at 10AM
Samuel Gompers Elementary School
5701 Wynnefield Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19131

 

Mailing Address: PO BOX 8716, Philadelphia, PA 19101

215.970.7184   |   info@westparkchurch.cc


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