” They will know we are Christians by our Love…”
St. James’ is a church family committed to doing for others in God’s Kingdom. Outreach is the means by which we reach out to the community, outside our church doors, to our neighbors near and far, known and unknown.
“To whom much is given, much is expected.”
This passage serves as a touchstone for St. James’ outreach ministries. God challenges us to be good stewards and our annual budget reflects our financial commitment to outreach with 20 percent dedicated to outreach efforts and Diocesan support.
HOW TO GET INVOLVED:
St. James’ members of all ages are encouraged to live out God’s call to “love our neighbor.”
St. James’ Supports the following Community Outreach Organizations:
St. James’ is home to Troop 1, the oldest Boy Scout Troop in the state. Their Scout Hut resides on the St. James’ Campus.
Contact Crisis Line:
A 24-hour help line for people in any kind of trouble, Crisis Line has been ministering in the Jackson area for 30 years. St. James’ provides 5 volunteers each month, one per week, who serve as trained Crisis Counselors.
Dolly Moyer Memorial Blanket & Car Seat Fund:
This ministry, supported by Daughters of the King(DOK), provides the children of the residents at Stewpot’s Sims House, a temporary shelter for women, with blankets – something they can call their own while residing there. The ministry has expanded to also provide blankets, clothes and car seats to parents of children at UMC Wiser Hospital for Women & Infants who cannot afford them.
Offering care and supportive services to thousands of Mississippi men, women and families living with HIV/AIDS since 1995, Grace House is an environment where those with HIV/AIDS may live with dignity in a home-like facility.
Current Grace House Needs:
*Paper Towels *Toilet Paper
*Dishwashing Liquid / Detergent *Laundry Detergent
*Twin Size Sheets, Bedspreads & Blankets *Towels
*Body Soap *Trash Bags
*Bottled Water * Ensure / Boost
The all-volunteer organization gleans perishable and prepared foods from restaurants, hospitals, grocery stores and corporate cafeterias and distributes it to non-profit shelters in the Jackson area.
Habitat For Humanity of Metro Jackson:
Habitat builds homes for people willing to work to help themselves, but who live in substandard or inadequate housing due to income challenges. Over 100 Habitat homes have been built in Jackson and St. James’ volunteers have participated in the construction of seven Habitat houses.
Honduras Medical/Dental Mission:
Volunteer medical and dental professionals, accompanied by support personnel, provide needed medical, veterinary and dental care for villagers of San Joaquin and Concepcion del Norte, Honduras and the surrounding underserved area. The Diocese of Mississippi has sponsored 26 mission trips to date.
The Hope House of Hospitality is a “home away from home” for individuals from around Mississippi, who receive outpatient treatments at Jackson cancer treatment facilities. Guests at Hope House are provided with a home-like atmosphere, meals, and transportation to and from their outpatient treatments.
The Mustard Seed:
A Christian community for adults with developmental disabilities, The Mustard Seed provides a loving and protected environment where the spiritual, physical, emotional and intellectual needs of adults with special needs are met.
Operation Shoestring provides year-round academic, social and emotional support to 300+ children in central Jackson from pre-K to 12th grade, while supporting and providing resources to their families. The aim is to empower the children and families it serves to create their own success.
Stewpot Community Services:
St. James’ has been an active supporter of Stewpot Ministries for many years including a position on their corporate board as one of its founding churches. There are variety of needs and lots of volunteer opportunities for individuals and families – find the one that fits your desire and time. Contact the coordinator listed with the activity to sign up:
Billy Brumfield House: Volunteers pickup a meal at 5:00pm which is prepared by our St. James’ kitchen and deliver/serve at this men’s shelter on the 4th Wednesday of each month. It’s located in an old firehouse, 1244 S. Gallatin Street. Contact Joe Myers, firstname.lastname@example.org , 601.291.4568.
Enrichment Camp for Stewpot Camp Kids: In July, St. James hosted a camp for 6th & 7th graders. We make if fun, interesting, and educational for the kids using motivational speakers on fitness, nutrition & personal well-being, fun topics (bees, juggling, etc.), art, and helping with food preparation. See special hand-out on this camp. Parent/older Teen Coordinator Team needed!
Flowers House: 4th Wednesday of each month – Pickup food from St. James around 5:15 and deliver to this transitional shelter for women and children located at the corner of West Street and 355 Livingston Street (behind Millsaps College). Contact Kathe Levanway, 601.362.9640 (h) or 601.540.5088 (cell) email@example.com , if you would like to help on one or more Wednesdays.
Food Drive: Annually we collect non-perishable goods to replenish the food pantry at Stewpot. Contact Catherine Hames, 601.594.1867, firstname.lastname@example.org. Coordinator needed!
Food Pantry: Volunteers go in pairs on one or more days, Monday – Thursday, to distribute food from the Stewpot food pantry, 9:00 – 11:00. St. James’ is scheduled to serve six times a year. Contact Lee Malouf, 601.955.3507 email@example.com if you would like to be added to her list of volunteers.
Matt’s House: 2nd Wednesday of each month – Pickup food from St. James around 5:15 and deliver to this emergency shelter for women and children which is off of West Street behind CS’s at 343 Adelle Street. Contact Lela Dodson, 601.209.6140, firstname.lastname@example.org.
St. James Annual Christmas Party with Stewpot: Annually, St. James hosts a Christmas Party for Stewpot residents at St. James and is scheduled for December 4th. Parishioners join them for the party which includes a wonderful meal, pictures with Santa, crafts, singing, and a short church service. Prior to this event, parishioners fill bags for each resident which are presented after the party. Coordinators are needed!
School Supply & School Uniform Drive: During August, we’re collected school supplies and school clothing (khaki, navy, white) for Stewpot kids.
Sims House: Following a major fire, should reopen early 2017 completely remodeled. 2nd Sunday of each month – Prepare and deliver food for a small group at Sims House (next to Stewpot on Capital Street), a transitional shelter for women and children. This is a great signup for mother/daughter or two friend team. Contact Amanda Richardson, email@example.com or 601.826.0891.
Sunday Lunch: Susie and John Puckett’s family prepare and serve lunch at Stewpot four times a year. Additional servers are needed 12:30 – 1:30pm. Contact Susie Puckett, 601.209.5454, firstname.lastname@example.org
Turkey Collection: For 2 -3 Sundays, collect 50 turkeys for Stewpot’s Thanksgiving and Christmas gift baskets. Contact Catherine Hames, 601.594.1867, email@example.com. Coordinator needed!
Weekday Servers at Stewpot: Volunteers are needed to serve lunch at Stewpot’s community kitchen, 11:15 – 12:30. We are assigned 4 days (Mon.-Thurs.) a week to serve, 4 times a year. You don’t have to sign up but just show up, however, it’s helpful for the coordinator to know how many persons to expect. Contact Regan Painter, 601.259.2822 firstname.lastname@example.org.
SunKing Memorial 5K Run & Walk and One Mile Run:
Originally organized and run in memory of Ernest Davidson, whose life was tragically ended in 1999, The Sun King 5K celebrates the lives of all those who have been loved and lost. Proceeds benefit Habitat for Humanity-Jackson. Click here for more information or to register for the run.