Arch Street United Methodist Church - a reconciling congregation
Monday, April 21, 2014

Serenity House

Serenity House, of 1209 Lehigh Avenue, once served as the parsonage of Cookman United Methodist Church, as well as a home for homeless youth and ex-offenders transitioning back into the neighborhood.
Though Cookman UMC is closed and its building will soon be sold, the ongoing presence of Serenity House on the corner of 12th and Lehigh offers hope for the gathering of a new community. Currently, the House supports Spirituality and Holistic Healing Ministries such as women’s and men’s support groups, Bible studies, book and film discussions, exercise and stress management sessions, and the development of a Serenity Garden.
While the first floor offers a peaceful and welcoming home for these programs, other sections of the house need renovation and care. Arch Street UMC is currently considering taking financial responsibility for Serenity House in the fall of 2012, in order to support the House’s role as a source of healing and renewal for its neighbors.
Monthly Schedule of Activities
  • Women in the Round (Women’s Support Group and Potluck) (2nd Saturday)
  • Fit for God (Serenity House Exercise Circle) (1st Saturday)
  • Sacred Circle Book Club (3rd Saturday)
  • Friday Tea (3rd Friday)
  • Movies in the Round (4th Friday)
Ongoing Projects
  • 2nd and 3rd floor renovations
  • Serenity Garden: backyard flower and vegetable garden 
Contact Us
If you would like to learn more about Serenity House, please contact Pavi Jaisankar at
Serenity House
1209 W. Lehigh Avenue
Philadelphia PA 19133