St. Paul's in the Community
Outreach at St. Paul’s is inspired by our calling to “love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and to love your neighbor as yourself.” As the Bible teaches in Matthew 29:39, 40 “When did we see You sick, or in prison, and come to You? and the King will answer and say to them, 'Truly I say to you, what you have done to these my brothers, even the least of them, you did to Me.” In that spirit, our parish outreach activities are outlined below.
Every day we collect bread from Westfield restaurants and deliver it to soup kitchens and food pantries for use by the hungry. Interested volunteers should contact Julie Murphy at email@example.com.
On the last Wednesday of each month parishioners volunteer at the soup kitchen in Plainfield from 9:30am to 1pm to serve the hungry. Approximately 120 hungry persons are served each day Grace’s Kitchen is open. To volunteer, contact Gale Jacob at firstname.lastname@example.org
St. John’s Mission Kitchen
Each month the youth of the parish cook and serve a meal for the hungry and homeless of Elizabeth at St. John’s Episcopal Church in downtown Elizabeth.
We partner with Scotch Plains United Methodist Church which houses the homeless throughout the year and our volunteers provide meals, recreation for the children and overnight supervision. To volunteer contact Cathy Harris at email@example.com
Angels for Action
Each Christmas volunteers from the parish create fleece blankets which are donated to Angels for Action, a social service agency in Plainfield. They are delivered before Christmas to needy families. See more from 2014’s Blanket Night here!
Each month parishioners donate approximately 30 grocery bags of specific items to benefit various organizations such as Coalition for the Homeless, Good Shepherd Home, and St. Alban’s Thrift Shop. The donation theme changes monthly based on the needs of the recipient organization. Here is a list of recommended donations:
- January – Undie Sundays; underwear for all ages
- February – Souper Bowl of Caring – non-perishable foods
- March – Twin sheets and comforters
- April – Household cleaning products
- May – Baby and toddler care; non-food items
- June – Summer camp supplies
- July – Towel sets
- August – Backpacks and school supplies
- September – Halloween costumes for children
- October – Outerwear – coats, jackets, scarves, gloves
- November – Angel Tree Christmas gifts
- December – Monetary donations for Good Shepherd Home for Orphans in Cameroon
St. Paul’s provides space for local non-profit organizations including Boy Scout Troup 77 and a local AA chapter
Please see the Outreach Bulletin Board outside the Rector’s office for more information.