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, nightly July 6 - August 2

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,
July 6th through Friday, August 2nd for 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.

A FUN Add-on to 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 gifts/talents with the ladies as they receive snacks and wait for the overnight bus.

Sign-up to serve snacks or offer your gifts of fellowship to support this valuable summer ministry or contact Suzanne Long at suzanne_long@hotmail.com.

Sign up for the CARITAS Intake Ministry

CARITAS Updates for July 8 - 12!

NO CARITAS Intake July 8 – July 12.  CARITAS made a change for this week.  As a result, St. Mark’s will not be providing intake from July 8 – July 12.  Starting Saturday, July 13 at 5 pm, the ladies will return for nightly intake through August 2.  

If you missed out on your opportunity to serve in ministry as scheduled this week, please drop in any night to visit the ladies starting Saturday, July 13 at 5 p.m.  Folks scheduled in ministry from July 13 to August 2 are still scheduled with no changes.

 

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.  Signup on-line (include the date or dates you can help), or contact the church to help, 358-4771.  

Sign up to help with our Food Pantry!

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.

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.