liberti Church EastLead Pastor: In Transition
Sunday 10:00 AM
Telephone: 215 291 4248
liberti church east seeks to live, speak, and serve as the very presence of Christ for the River Ward neighborhoods of Philadelphia.
“liberti” is the latin word for “freed People.” Calling our church “liberti” identifies us with the history of the city of Philadelphia, and also names us as a people who are experiencing the deepest longing of the human spirit: liberation from sin and death, which Christ provides. In John chapter 8 Jesus says, “If the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.” Through the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, we are freed from our sins, and freed to love God and others.
On each Sunday, the day Christ rose from the dead, Christians around the world come together to remember and rehearse the freedom we have received from God in Christ. Our community of worshipers meets at 10:00 a.m. at 2424 E. York Street, at the crossroads of Fishtown, Kensington, and Port Richmond. You are welcome to join us, and feel free to dress casually.
In our worship services, we explain and celebrate what God has done, and is doing, for the world in Jesus Christ. Our worship includes song and prayer, confession, Scripture, and communion. Whether you are skeptical about Christian faith, curious about Christ, or a seasoned Christian, our doors are open to you.
We also provide children’s ministry to teach them the Gospel in an age-appropriate fashion. All our children’s workers are friendly, professional, and background-checked, and are eager to serve your family. Currently, these child care services are only available at our 9 a.m. service.
One of the great biblical metaphors for the Church is a “body” (1 Corinthians 12:12-26, Ephesians 4:16), where every part of the body is connected and supports the other parts in their growth. Clearly, the Christian life was never meant to be lived alone
The main expression of community life at liberti is our “Home Meetings.” These are groups of 8-12 people who gather in individual homes on a regular basis. Here people are introduced to what it means to be a Christian, encouraged in their relationship with God, and supported to make a contribution to the welfare of people in Philadelphia.
Additionally, our Kids and Family Ministries, College/University partnerships, and in-house Art Gallery are vibrant parts of community life at liberti.
True Christian mercy is not motivated by compulsion, duty, or guilt. Christian mercy is rooted in the awareness that we are all recipients of God’s mercy through Jesus Christ – a mercy that we have done nothing to deserve. In an effort to model the selfless love of Christ to as many as possible, part of the mission of our church is to love the people of Philadelphia through acts of service, and also to dream about what this city could become.
Pennyslvania’s First Congressional district (our district) was recently surveyed to be the second-hungriest in the nation. In response, we conduct seasonal food drives to help meet the hunger needs of our neighbors, while continually training new members of our Care Team to respond to requests for help from people inside and outside of the liberti community. This team is liberti’s main practical expression of mercy to our neighbors and church family, and is composed of deacons and trained volunteers that respond to requests for help received through a helpline that is checked every 24 hours.