Germantown: Local Church Builds Community Through the Arts

Victoria Huggins Puerifory recited0 her original poem titled "Move."

Sunday evening was a night filled with musical festivities and poetry at the Bread and Cup Coffeehouse at 35 W. Chelten Ave. The coffeehouse, hosted by the First Presbyterian Church, has been held for the past seven years. The event uses the arts as a vehicle for community building and boasts a “multicultural and intergenerational” environment reflective of Germantown’s diversity.

Rev. Kevin Porter, who oversees adult Christian education at the First Presbyterian Church, is the coordinator for the coffeehouse. “This is a place where our congregation members can be themselves. They can come here and express themselves through their talents of singing, poetry and dancing,” Porter said.


Audience members participated in the line dance titled "The Cupid Shuffle."

Refreshments are regularly donated by members of the church. “We try to stay away from the sweet foods that are bad for people’s health, but we allow anything homemade to be donated for this event. There is also a $25 prize for the best dish,” Porter said.

Regular attendants at the coffeehouse include Victoria Huggins Puerifoy and RuNett Nia Ebo, two well-known local poets who often use this event to share their work with others.



RunNett Nia Ebo recited her poem titled "Sanitation Workers."

Porter said one thing he loves about the Bread and Cup Coffeehouse is that it brings people from many different walks of life together in one room. Porter said he wants to continue to make this a diverse event.

He is also working to create an entire season for the Bread and Cup event, as opposed to the current once a month meeting on every first Sunday.



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