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Arch Street United Methodist Church

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Grace Cafe is a program of The Center-Philadelphia @ Arch Street UMC on Sunday Evenings. Grace Cafe is a restaurant style meals serve welcoming all of our neighbors, especially center city's most vulnerable citizens, those currently experiencing homelessness and food insecurity. Individual and GROUP volunteer opportunities are available to partner with us to support Grace Cafe on Sunday evenings, every Sunday night of the year.

Responsibilities for Grace Cafe volunteer groups include: preparing and serving a hot meal (entree, vegetable and dessert) for 150-200 guests. Coffee, tea and other beverages as well as dishes, silverware, serve ware and paper products are provided by ASUMC. Meeting, greeting and sharing with Grace Cafe guests during the Sunday Evening meal.

Due to COVID-19, we have shifted to a to-go meal serve. Updated volunteer description follows.Individual and Group volunteers arrive at 3:30 pm to package meals, prepare to-go bags, and hand out the meals. The evening typically concludes with clean up following the meal about 7:00PM.

No prior experience necessary! We will orient you! Just bring your smile and willingness to be in community with our neighbors. We are an LGBTQIA+ affirming and justice-seeking community. We welcome volunteers and guests from all faith traditions.

Group wishing to serve as a meal host should schedule in advance at the information below. Individual volunteers are welcome to join us any Sunday at 3:30PM for orientation and to volunteer. Contact Ben Lasley at gracecafe@archstreetumc.org or 215-568-6250 for more information or to schedule to volunteer! Parking is available on the street on Sundays.

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About Arch Street United Methodist Church


55 N. Broad St., PHILADELPHIA, PA 19107, US

Mission Statement

Vision Statement

Arch Street United Methodist Church will be a welcoming Christian community that inspires openness, understanding and reconciliation both within the congregation and in the community-at-large.

Mission Statement

Arch Street United Methodist Church’s mission is to love God and neighbor by nurturing individuals on their spiritual journeys, encouraging creativity in faithful service, strengthening relationships and promoting justice.

Reconciling Ministry Statement



Arch Street United Methodist Church is a community of faith-keeping and faith-seeking people who embrace diversity in our congregation and community, and affirm the dignity and worth of every person as created in the image of God. We celebrate and give thanks for all of the gifts of God among us. Our welcome knows no boundaries, whether of age, racial or ethnic background, gender, sexual orientation or gender identity, economic or marital status, or physical or mental ability. We welcome all to share in the ministry, fellowship, and blessings of full participation as members of Christ’s body.



Every Sunday from 5:30 to 7:00 PM, Arch Street welcomes 150 - 200 of our homeless neighbors for dinner and fellowship in our Grace Café.

Homeless & Housing


We'll work with your schedule.


55 N. Broad St.Philadelphia, PA 19107



  • Social Work
  • Food Service


  • Teens
  • People 55+
  • Group


  • Must be at least 10
  • Orientation or Training
  • The commitment for each Sunday is 3 1/2 hours (3:30PM-7PM). We have volunteers that serve with us once each year and some who volunteer weekly or monthly. All are welcome!
  • Please come with a water bottle, comfortable clothes to volunteer in, sturdy shoes.

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