Outreach Ministries

The Ministries to others undertaken by this parish are a vital part of our identity. The varieties of ways in which we share the love of Jesus 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 EATS 2022

As the CARITAS ministry model changes to residential settings for its clients, we change too!  Now instead of having folks "in the house," we go to the "house."  CARITAS EATS is a mix of lunch and dinner service for the CARITAS WORKS program and the shelter programs at The Healing Place.  To help with CARITAS EATS contact Ed Street or Suzanne Long.

We have monthly opportunities to provide lunch & dinner:

January 7 2022, Friday Mock Interview Lunch 

January 7th 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Help our CARITAS Works students celebrate Mock Interview Day by providing lunch for them, their interviewers, and the Works staff. Please provide lunch for 20 people. 

February 23, 2022  Wednesday night AfterWorks Dinner

February 23rd 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Prepare dinner for 30-35 attendees of the AfterWorks program. Please drop off to the CARITAS Center by 5 pm along with any necessary heating instructions.

March 25, 2022 Friday Mock Interview Lunch

March 25th 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM

Help our CARITAS Works students celebrate Mock Interview Day by providing lunch for them, their interviewers, and the Works staff. Please provide lunch for 20 people. Drop off at the CARITAS Center by 11:30 am at the latest on March 25.

April 29, 2022 The Healing Place Dinner

We'll be providing dinner for the residents at The Healing Place for Women & the Emergency Shelter for Women, currently 70 women are in this important residential program.  Drop off id Friday between 11am and 3pm.

September 28, 2022  Wednesday night AfterWorks Dinner

September 28th 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Prepare dinner for 30-35 attendees of the AfterWorks program. Please drop off to the CARITAS Center by 5 pm along with any necessary heating instructions.

October 26, 2022  Wednesday night AfterWorks Dinner

October 26th 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Prepare dinner for 30-35 attendees of the AfterWorks program. Please drop off to the CARITAS Center by 5 pm along with any necessary heating instructions.

CARITAS Luggage Drive! June & July 2022

When shelter participants leave our shelter for a new home, a rolling suitcase or duffle bag is the perfect item to help transport their belongings.
General Guidance
Requirements: Rolling Suitcase or DuffleBag, good working condition, free of holes, and zippers that function.
Optional: Feel free to include general hygiene items, toiletries, and notes of encouragement.
Please Do Not include: Sharp Objects, Food, or other perishable items.

Bring your donation(s) to the church by Sunday, July 24

 

Food Pantry and Soup Kitchen Ministry

 

From 9 - 10:30am 2nd and 4th Saturdays of each month, we are open to provide simple non-perishable food bags, a bagged lunch with fresh fruit, and fellowship to those in need of welcome and a little peace. We need folks to pack bags twice each month, to help make sandwiches for our 4th Saturday distribution, and make coffee.  We are not yet able to welcome folks in the building but do have our restrooms open for use.

Sign up to help make 4th Saturday lunches!

Food Pantry Shopping List

 

Wednesday Night Host Ministry

Members of the congregation volunteer their time to open the church to the 12-step recovery program from 7 - 9pm.  During the virus shutdown we are providing a Zoom-based meeting for our 12-step friends.

 

ACTS Bags - Spring/Lenten Project 2022

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.  

Sponges/ cleaning/dish rags 

Kleenex
Clorox Wipes

 Men’s & women’s basic hygiene items: soap, deodorant, razors, shaving cream, tooth paste, tooth brushes

Bring to the church by Easter Sunday, April 17

 

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. 

This year our schedule is a bit different - sign-up online and return wrapped gifts by December 15, 2021 for delivery the following week.  

2021 Sign-ups and Instructions

Labels for wrapped packages

McGuire Veterans Hospital

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