St. Paul’s Community Outreach
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.
St. John’s Mission Kitchen
Each month church members cook and serve a hot meal for the hungry and homeless at St. John’s Episcopal Church in downtown Elizabeth. Community members, Scout Troops and families are welcome to join us to help cook and/or deliver the food. Want to help? Contact Erica Webber at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 Rob Lombard at email@example.com.
On the last Wednesday of each month parishioners volunteer at the soup kitchen in Plainfield from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. to serve the hungry. Approximately 120 people are served each day Grace’s Kitchen is open. To volunteer, contact Gale Jacob at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We partner with First United Methodist Church in Westfield which houses the homeless throughout the year and our volunteers provide meals, recreation for the children and overnight supervision.
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. Interested volunteers should contact Gale Jacob at email@example.com.
Each month parishioners donate 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. Below is a list of common monthly donations.
- January – Souper Bowl of Caring: non-perishable foods
- February – Undie Sundays: underwear for all ages
- March – Twin sheet sets
- 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 – NetsforLife in West Africa
St. Paul’s provides space for local nonprofit organizations including Boy Scout Troop 77 and a local AA chapter.