The mission of St. Paul’s Outreach Ministry is to encourage the parish to move more fully into being an actively compassionate community. In response to Christ’s love, we will reach out in mercy, justice, and loving kindness to the impoverished and forgotten.
The vision of the Outreach ministry is that, through education, equipping, and empowerment of the Holy Spirit, St. Paul’s members will become outward-focused and will engage in social ministries on the local, diocesan, national, and global levels.
Statement of Philosophy
Our Church - St. Paul’s is called to respond to the invitation of Scripture to change our lives by becoming Christ-like in reaching out to those in need. This is done in the name and glory of God.
Guidance - The team will seek the guidance of the Holy Spirit through scripture and prayer. The discernment process will also include discussion with clergy and parishioners.
At St. Paul’s we continually receive a bounty of God’s blessings. With grateful hearts, the Outreach team meets quarterly to allocate funds to the ministries that St. Paul’s supports as well as to consider new outreach opportunities. Distributions for 2015 total $110,350.
The Outreach Ministry is an outward-focused ministry that looks beyond the walls of our parish to fulfill Christ’s call. This ministry educates, encourages, and equips the parish through a wide variety of local, diocesan, national, and global opportunities. As our Lord commanded, we commit our selves, our time, and our resources to feed the hungry, protect the weak, and clothe the naked. Jesus reminds us in Matthew 25:37-40 that “…whatever you did for one of the least of these, you did for me
The Outreach Ministry of St. Paul's is a social ministry that looks beyond the walls of our parish to fulfill Christ's call to love our neighbors as ourselves. As our Lord commanded, we commit ourselves, our time and our resources to feed the hungry, protect the weak, and clothe the naked. Jesus reminds us in Matthew 25:40 that "whatever you did for one of the least of these, you did for me."
The Outreach Ministry Team has the responsibility of screening new outreach ministries to determine that they are in line with the St. Paul’s vision and the Outreach Ministry’s mission. There is a survey available in the office that helps prospective leaders think through the process for a new ministry. Upon receipt of the completed form, the team will make a recommendation to the rector, who will make final approval.
The Outreach Ministry Team meets regularly to disburse funds for world, national, diocesan, and local needs. Existing ministries that St. Paul's has a history of supporting will be given first priority, e.g. Meals on Wheels (food); My Sister’s House (protection); The LAMB Institute (clothing and shelter).
New outreach ministry formation is welcome. Any new outreach requests for financial assistance may be submitted with a written request on forms that are available online or in the church office. The Outreach Ministry Team will consider funding requests at one of the regular meetings.
As we continue to work together, we give thanks for the generosity of the parish and for the faithfulness of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
Selina Hathaway Marion Hunter Margaret Ping
Bill Westfall Joe Cantrell
- Below you will find forms for requesting Outreach funds. Please submit forms to the Outreach team through the church office.
- 2015_Outreach__Contributions__1_.pdf (Acrobat, 219.4 KB)
- Short_Term_Mission_Trip_Financial_Aid_Application_11.pdf (Acrobat, 199.4 KB)
Medical Outreach Ministry Clinic http://www.medicaloutreach.org/
Mission: To offer free, non-emergency, basic medical assistance to those people in the community who are in need of care and have no other resources.
Volunteer Opportunities: All levels of medical personnel, prayer teams, and greeters are needed to work 2 hours, once a month in the clinic located in Ambler Hall on Thursday evenings. Nurses, greeters, prayer teams, physicians, nurse practitioners and PA’s are needed.
Donations of basic medications, children’s books, crayons, coloring books, and new Bibles in English and Spanish are needed.
Meals at the Clinic: a delicious, simple meal is served every Thursday at the clinic. Volunteers make and serve dinner while people are waiting for medical care. Please join us in blessing the community. You can volunteer as a family, small group, Sunday school class or just yourself. We need volunteers to set up and serve; make a pot of soup; make sandwiches; provide fresh fruit; provide paper products; pray for the ministry. Interested - contact Coordinator.
Mission: To enable the elderly and/or handicapped in our community to maintain their health and allow them to remain independent by living in their own homes. A hot, nutritious noonday meal is delivered weekdays to those who are incapacitated or isolated to the extent that they are unable to prepare their own meals.
Volunteer Opportunities: Delivering and/or packaging meals as a regular volunteer once a week or as a substitute who is called when needed. Contact: Betsy Luke at 873-8224.
HELP of Summerville is a local public charity established in 1975 and located on the grounds of St. Paul's Church. HELP gives immediate emergency assistance to those whose need is urgent such as family illness, death, layoff, disability and delay in receiving government assistance or other extreme life crises. HELP of Summerville gives assistance financially, and in food and clothing. Referrals are received from various service agencies in the area and also from churches and schools; the assistance can be provided in a matter of hours not days. HELP collects gently used clothing which is sent to The Second Chance Thrift Shop and they share some of their profits from the sale of clothing and household items with HELP. There is always a need for financial contributions, food, household items, toiletry items and gently used clothing which may be delivered to the HELP office located in Ambler Hall.
There are many mission and service trips that our youth group could attend. In fact, there are organizations built for the sole purpose of organizing multiple locations and hundreds of youth to work those projects. But we are not interested in choosing a mission out of a catalog. Instead, thanks to Warren Hall and Bill Breedlove, we have established a significant relationship with a ministry and a missionary working with the abused and poor south of our borders.
Established in 1999, Suzy McCall began to train the people of Honduras to become ministers and missionaries themselves. Through God's guidance, the local lay ministers and Suzy have reached out to some of the worse areas in Tegucigalpa. The ministries include building a Christian school in the neighborhood, a residential home for abused and orphaned children, a home repair ministry to widows, medical care, a micro finance process, and a “youth league” to deter area gangs and featured on NBC's The Today Show. You can see the video clip at Lamb's website (http://www.lambinstitute.org/ )