In response to the changing needs of the neighborhood, the Presbytery of St. Augustine and the former Springfield Presbyterian Church opened the doors of Urban Ministries of Springfield in 1992. In 2001, our name was changed to the Sanctuary on 8th Street after we relocated to the historic post office building. The program has grown from a dozen to over 100 children in our after school and summer camp programs.
Our mission is to encourage and empower Jacksonville youth and families in need by ministering to their spiritual, physical, social, and intellectual needs.
The Sanctuary on 8th Street will become a catalyst for expanding opportunities for children and families in need through education, social services, recreation and the arts.