Our congregation in South Philadelphia
We are located at:
2212 South Broad St.
Philadelphia, PA 19145
➤ Sundays at 5pm at 2212 S. Broad
➤ Cells throughout the week
Sunday Meetings at 2212 S Broad St
We ask that folks be vaccinated to attend in-person meetings. Masking is optional, but urged.
Childcare is provided during the meeting.
Want to connect but aren’t comfortable joining in-person? You can Zoom in each Sunday. Click here to join the meeting on Zoom.
More about our South Philly location
About our South Philly congregation
We come from all over the area to worship at 2212 South Broad St.—from Brewerytown to Delco and University City and beyond! Our location in the neighborhoods between City Hall and the stadiums invites spiritual traditions and styles of worship and art and music and food from all around the world. We are seeking to build a new table together, for deep connections with God that reveal tangible hope and transformation in our lives. We don’t have all the answers, but we hold the mystery of Christ and his love at the center of our faith and practice.
We hope that our faith expresses itself through love, both locally and globally. Our teams provide practical support for children, immigrants, those who are incarcerated, and those who are seeking freedom from addiction. Our 12-step recovery groups meet in the building almost every night of the week, and you can find out more about our South Philly Participatory Defense Hub here. We also work to protect and nurture green spaces and watersheds, and advocate for affordable housing and mental health care in our city. We resist systems that perpetuate exclusion, discrimination, hierarchy, and injustice. We honor and celebrate difference in our togetherness, the way our loving creator values and sustains all life. You don’t have to be a “Christian” to be part of us; everyone is welcome in full friendship and common humanity, just as Christ shows us.
Pastor – meet Rachel Sensenig
Rachel Sensenig, Pastor at 2212 S. Broad St.
I began attending Circle of Hope in 2001 and was called into pastoral leading in 2010. Before that, I worked in HIV community mental health here in Philly for 12 years with my Masters of Social Work. I’m passionate about people getting to know God together, especially in the organically growing small groups that we call “cells”—like cells of a body—because God became human to be with us, and His life is magnified in us together. I love questions about life and spirituality, the beauty of the natural world, cooking, creating music, advocating for peace and justice, and carving out space for silence and contemplative prayer. I live in South Philly with my husband Jeff and two almost-grown children! She also writes on her blog, Looking Up.
What to Expect – childcare and more
Where is it?
We meet at 2212 South Broad, between Jackson and Wolf Streets. We’re right across the street from Starbucks in a white brick building with trees out front. If you’re taking the subway, Snyder is our closest stop.
What’s it like?
A spiritual meal. We hope you’ll receive something nourishing from God. It’s also an opportunity to share who you are and to participate in the work of transformation, even just by showing up! There’s usually singing to get us together, and a speech that invites us to ponder what God is doing in our time and in our lives, with the help of scripture and prayer. Often there’s a chance to talk back with questions and stories. You’re welcome to jump in, or just observe. But we hope that you receive a touch from God, and a chance to meet some like-minded friends.
There is parking on Jackson, Wolf, and South Broad streets.
Broad Street Subway: Get off at the Snyder subway stop. Walk south away from Center City.
Kids age 6 mos. through 3rd grade get to hang out with our team of dedicated caregivers and teachers, who all have childcare clearances. There’s plenty of space for them to play and learn while adolescents and adults are free to participate in the meeting. At age-appropriate levels the children are offered snacks, stories, songs, and opportunities to create, all with an emphasis on getting to know them and caring for them as the beloved people they are! Parents and caregivers can let the team know of special needs when they sign in, and they’ll be contacted via text during the meeting if their children need assistance.
Before and After
Our leaders offer half an hour of centering prayer and meditation time in the kids’ room upstairs at 4:30pm, to help us quiet our hearts to receive from God and support others during the meeting. The hosting cell usually provides snacks at the end of the meeting, so you are welcome to grab a bite and chat with others on your way out, if you’d like to! But there’s no pressure to come early or stay late; we’re called to simply create space to connect as desired, without obligation or expectation.
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