The Outreach Commission serves to help St. Paul’s think about our mission as Christians. Together, we do have the ability to love our neighbors, both near and far away, in concrete, practical ways that show the love of God in action.
The Episcopal Church follows the Anglican Communion’s Five Marks of Mission. See, http://www.episcopalchurch.org/page/five-marks-mission These include a call
- To proclaim the Good News of the Kingdom
- To teach, baptize and nurture new believers
- To respond to human need by loving service
- To seek to transform unjust structures of society and
- To strive to safeguard the integrity of creation and sustain and renew the life of the earth
Parishioners are welcome to serve on the Commission. The Commission determines how to distribute funds raised by parishioners at the Christmas Fair to local, national and international organizations with missions similar to the marks of mission above. For example, our contributions to Episcopal Relief and Development (ERD) help with essential world-wide mission work, such as ERD’s NetsforLife program that provides long-lasting, insecticide treated, bed nets to prevent malaria, save lives and allow healthier children to attend school. http://www.netsforlifeafrica.org
The Commission, with help from parishioners, also promotes opportunities to serve in the local community. Some examples of opportunities include
- Prepare and deliver a dish (for 10) as part of a St. Paul’s team to the Tedford Shelter [http://www.tedfordhousing.org] once every three months;
- Assist with Food Bank, Food Pantry, Soup Kitchen or weekend meals at Midcoast Hunger in Brunswick http://www.mchpp.org;
- Be a welcoming assistant at The Gathering Place on Wednesdays at St. Paul’s, http://brunswickgatheringplace.org/ ;
- Work with St. Paul’s Earthcare supporting Maine Interfaith Power and Light http://www.meipl.org/congregations.html;
- Join with our parishioner group, “Holy Stitchers,” to knit, crochet or needlepoint items that are given to people in need.
The Commission also helps with informational programs. For example, representatives of organizations are invited to St. Paul’s to describe the work of their organization, as well as ways in which parishioners may serve others through the organization.
Please contact the Church office for more details on participating or if you want to start a new initiative.