Outreach Ministries

The Ministries to others undertaken by this parish are a vital part of our identity as Christians. The varieties of ways in which we share the love Christ with our neighbors are a carried out with joy and celebration. We continue to work on deepening both our faithful understandings of and witness to the Gospel through the work we do, and are called to do. We will continue to support the work of this ministry and those we serve through our time, money, and prayer.

These are a few of our ongoing Outreach Ministries:

 

 

CARITAS Intake Ministry, June 30 through July 27

Opportunity is coming for you to share food, fun and EVEN your talents!

St. Mark’s is hosting CARITAS INTAKE NIGHTLY between 5 and 7:30 p.m. from Saturday, June 30th through Friday, July 27thfor 32 guests per night.   This Intake Ministry provides the CARITAS staff and the shelter women with a valuable in-town check-in space, close to neighborhood resources including the showers at First Baptist Church and the Broad Street bus line.  Additionally, we offer the ladies a congregation from whom to receive fellowship, snacks and cold beverages while awaiting the arrival of the CARITAS bus for transportation to their overnight shelter site. 

“Keep it Simple” works best for this ministry.  We are seeking donations to support this ministry in the form of SHELF-STABLE goods including these examples:

  • cases of bottled water                                        
  • packs of nabs
  •  granola or fruit bars                                           
  • Rice Krispies Treats
  •  large boxes of Goldfish crackers                        
  • snack size packaged cookies or brownies
  •  individually packaged bags of chips, cheez-its, veggie straws, pretzels

Your always-appreciated food and water donations can be dropped in the St. Mark’s kitchen each Tuesday – Friday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. or on Sundays as you visit church.

 New this year for CARITAS Intake!

Do you play the piano, the guitar, maybe the violin or electric keyboard? Do you like to sing?  Would you like to join the ladies for a few minutes to provide some “waiting-for-the-bus” music or lead them in song?   Do you like to paint or draw or craft? Perhaps you’d be willing to share your drawings or paintings or “know-how” with the ladies.  Maybe host a quick game of bingo?

You (and other talented folks you know) are invited to share your talents with the ladies as they receive snacks and wait for the overnight bus.  Please contact Suzanne Long at suzanne_long@hotmail.comto discuss your ideas and arrange for your fellowship to support this valuable summer intake ministry.

Contact Us for CARITAS Service

Frosty's Yard Sale - September 29, 2018

Donated goods are "re-purposed" and the funds raised are donated to a local service organization. All funds raised are used to support local non-profits and St. Mark's outreach ministry ! Learn more about the yard sale ›

Food Pantry and Soup Ministry

From 9 - 10:30am 2nd and 4th Saturdays of each month, we are open to provide simple non-perishable food bags, a hot nutritious meal, and fellowship to those in need of welcome and a little peace. We need folks to pack bags twice each month, to help serve and clean up.  Contact the church to help, 358-4771.  

Wednesday Night Host Ministry

Members of the congregation volunteer their time to open the church to the12-step recovery program from 7 - 9pm.

Sign up to host ›

 

ACTS Bags - Spring/Lenten Project

ACTS is a Richmond-based organization that helps working people in need hang on to their housing.  They do this through small monetary grants, budgeting help, and gifts of products not covered by SNAP.  Each spring we sponsor a gathering of household and personal care product to help support this ministry.  

 This is the ACTS Care Bag list.  

City of Richmond Cooling Center

Offering respite from the heat on Summer days when the temp/heat index is 95 or above.  Volunteer service for this ministry is needed - if you have time during the day, noon-4pm call the church to volunteer, 358-4771.  The ministry is one of presence and welcome.  We serve ice water, provide pet crates, and provide electrical outlets for recharging phones & mobile devices.

School Supplies and Support for the Anna Julia Cooper Episcopal School

An independent, tuition-free, faith-based middle school for students of limited resources primarily from Richmo
nd's East End neighborhoods.  Our 2017 list is below.  Items can be dropped off at the church during office hours, Tuesday - Friday, 11am - 4pm, or on Sundays during church.  Please bring your donations by Sunday, August  27.

 

Christmas for the Elders - Annual Christmas Project                      

A program to provide personalized gifts for older adults living in Richmond City district 8 who otherwise would have no Christmas. Personalized lists are usually available in November, wrapped gifts are due back mid December for delivery to our recipients.

McGuire Veterans Hospital

A ministry of presence to the patients and families at McGuire.  Ice cream and fellowship every other month.