St George's is involved in many outreach operations, locally, nationally and internationally. Some we support financially, either with grants directly from the outreach budget or with appeals for goods or money from the congregation; and others we support with our time and talents.
"I was naked and you gave me clothing, I was sick and you took care of me, I was in prison and you visited me.”
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Currently Outreach's project is:
A SOUPer new Outreach project!
An you can participate from the comfort of your armchair….or from your kitchen!
St. George’s Church is planning to produce a SOUPer Cookbook in time for Lent 2017 and you can be a star player on this team of SOUPer cooks. All you have to do is select one or two of your favorite soup recipes and submit them with your name (or that of the originator). It’s just that easy!
There are a few guidelines for submission that will make the editor’s task easier…
We have marvelous cooks in our community. Let’s share the best of our SOUP recipes so we can each try them all when the cold weather and Lenten season arrives.
The SOUPer Cookbook will be on sale at a modest price to support St. George’s Outreach Mission.
Deadline for recipes is December 1, 2016. Electronic submissions should be sent to Mary Hobart via email at email@example.com.
Aid for Friends - is a local organization that supports frail and elderly shut-ins in the Philadelphia area with free home-cooked meals delivered by volunteers. We have been meeting three or four times a year since 2010 to assemble meals for up to 80 individuals. Our next Cook-In will be on Sunday, October 30, 2016, after the 10am service. Check out our E-Tale link for items needed.
St. Barnabas Mission - We collect supplies the first Sunday of every month for St. Barnabas Mission, a shelter for homeless families run by Episcopal Community Services (ECS); and also collect winter coats as the temperature drops.
Career Wardrobe - The women of St George's support The Career Wardrobe with donations of office or interview worthy clothing and accessories for disadvantaged women in the Delaware County area. We are actively collecting items. Please call Parish Office with any questions, 610-642-3500.
Good Works - We have been working with this local organization since 2008 helping families in Phoenixville and Coatesville with household repairs. Prior to this we had worked with Habitat for Humanity and a mission in New Orleans doing similar work. Our next workday is October 8, 2016.
Fill the Bus - We support the annual Fill the Bus initiative at ECS which works with parishes and organizations to collect new backpacks and school supplies so that ECS students can start school prepared.
Torrey House - In our congregation we have a number of the residents of a local home for people with physical, behavioral, or cognitive disabilities. Torrey House specializes in working with individuals who have schizophrenia and similar serious mental illnesses. Three times a year the Outreach Committee puts together a basket of food, games and magazines which we deliver to Torrey House.
Tommy's Gifts for Kids - For the last four years our Advent project has been collecting toys for this organization, founded by one of our parishioners to provide children undergoing cancer treatment with gifts to make their hospital visits more bearable. This ministry was inspired by Tommy Ricci, a fourteen year leukemia survivor.
Episcopal Community Services
The Outreach Committee provides financial to support to the ECS and the programs they manage throughout the Delaware valley.
Cradles to Crayons - provides children from birth through age 12 living in homeless or low-income situations with the essential items they need to thrive - at home, at school and at play. We have collected clothing and school supplies for this organization.
Ardmore Food Pantry - When I walked into the Ardmore Pantry for the first time and saw the crowd of people waiting for the pantry to open, it was hard to comprehend that these were are neighbors, less than a mile from our own church doors, and they needed food.
The Pantry is open twice weekly. Their only requirement is that its patrons live in the area. I noticed that a large percentage of the regulars were elderly women with disabilities. Cereal is one of the staples at the Pantry and one of the higher priced items. At St. George’s we do a cereal drive twice yearly. Our cereal-only coffee hours are a reminder that for some people that’s all there is in their own pantry.
-- by Donna DiPaulo
St. George is sponsoring Marta-alicia in our companion diocese of Guatemala through the organization Childreach (Plan USA).
Marta-alicia was born on January 3, 2006 to Javier and Juana Lopez. She has three older siblings - Benito, Laura, and Gladis, and one younger sister, Mercedes. Most Americans would consider their living conditions sub-standard; her family must walk to a neighbor's house (less than 1 km away) to obtain clean drinking water, and the nearest health facility is 30 minutes away. Thankfully, Marta-alicia has not had any major illnesses, and has received her basic vaccinations. She is a beautiful and healthy eight-year old girl !
If you would like to write to Marta-alicia and her family, we know they would love to hear from you, a member of her sponsoring church!
Please contact the church office to obtain Marta-alicia's contact information; for privacy reasons we do not wish to publish it here.
By supporting St. George's Outreach Committee, you are helping to make a HUGE difference in the life of a child, who though she is thousands of miles away, is ever present in God's sight.
"Jesus said, ‘Let the little children come to me, and do not stop them; for it is to such as these that the kingdom of heaven belongs.’"
Interfaith Hospitality Network (IHN) - As an IHN volunteer, I have prepared, served and shared dinner and fellowship with hungry families. Also, I've played games, read stories to children and chatted with parents as they prepare for another day in the program. I may never know the outcomes of any of the participants, however I'm grateful that IHN is here to help those in need, and that I can play a small role in getting these folks back on their feet. I have been blessed with an abundance of riches. I volunteer to give thanks to God for this abundance. It has brought some perspective and balance into my life and has been a very rewarding experience.
-- by Catherine Stuart
Seamen's Church Institute - Each Christmas since 2009 we have helped with SCI’s Ditty Bag appeal. Ditty Bags contain essential items, which are distributed each year to seamen stuck in the Port of Philadelphia over the holidays by SCI volunteers. Last year we focused on collecting shaving foam and razors, but there is a small but committed group of knitters in the church, who make hats and scarves too.
VOSH International - Parishioners donate old pairs of glasses to VOSH International, Volunteer Optometric Services to Humanity, a charity which seeks to transform lives throughout the world through the gift of vision.
The Clinic - Since 2001, the staff and volunteers of The Clinic in Phoenixville have served the uninsured and underinsured with low-cost or free medical care. They offer primary medical care as well as a variety of medical specialties and addiction and nutrition counseling. Parishioners periodically donate items to support this ministry.
Manna Bags - This is a new project that we have taken on, collecting loose change every week and converting it into “Manna Bags” which are available for parishioners to hand out to homeless people. Each Manna Bag contains essential such as socks, a T-shirt, food, water and phone card.
Havertown CROP Walk - This year St George’s entered a team for the Havertown Crop Walk, an annual nationwide event organized to raise money to combat hunger.
St. George's mission is to share together God's work in our lives through liturgy and sacrament, through joyous and caring fellowship, and through courageous and compassionate engagement with the world.
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