Outreach

” 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:

Boy Scouts:
St. James’ is home to Troop 1, the oldest Boy Scout Troop in the state. Their Scout Hut resides on the St. James’ Campus.

Center for Violence Prevention: 
St. James’ provides funding that goes toward providing comprehensive services along with emergency and short-term shelter for women and children. Volunteers are needed to help with events, seasonal projects, and other activities. Do you have 2-4 hours a week to offer?

CHERA:
Community Health and Education for Rural Africa helps raise community awareness of the unique relationship between the Episcopal Diocese of Mississippi and South Rwenzori Diocese in Uganda. CHERA assists with fundraising for health and education needs. Perhaps we can inaugurate a youth relationship between the two diocese.

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.
  

Gateway Rescue Mission:
To offer life changing hope through the gospel of Jesus Christ to homeless people in Jackson through programs to deliver food, and provide shelter, counseling, and discipleship.

Gleaners:
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.

Good Samaritan:
The Good Samaritan Center was founded in 1972 under the direction of seven diverse Jackson churches, with the mission to serve families and individuals in emergency crisis situations. The center’s Jackson office focuses on services for people in the tri-county area of Hinds, Rankin, and Madison counties. The Good Sam Center needs volunteers to assist in their community garden, food pantry, and clothing closet. The third Saturday of each month from 9 am – noon is the volunteer Saturday session in the garden.

Gray Center Camps:
The Episcopal Diocese of Mississippi is proud of their conference/camp center. This grant makes possible the summer camp experience for children that otherwise would not be able to attend.

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 Mission:
Volunteer medical and dental professionals, accompanied by support personnel, provide needed medical, veterinary and dental care for villagers of San Joaquin and neighboring villages, Honduras and the surrounding underserved area. The Diocese of Mississippi has sponsored 34 mission trips to date.

Hope House:
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.

Hospice Ministries/The McClean Fletcher Center:
Hospice Ministries is a non-profit, community based provider of in-home and in patient hospice services. We are a patient and family focused organization dedicated to providing quality end-of-life care to the terminally ill and grief support to their families. The McClean Fletcher Center continues to be the only grief support center in MS and has helped more children and their families in the healing process. We plan to aid in redecorating a patient room. Stay posted for the next training sessions to volunteer at Hospice Ministries.

Mississippi Food Network:
The school pantry program is an extension of the backpack program where we provide approximately 1500 children each week with a meal kit so they will have food on the weekend, a time they do not receive breakfast and lunch at school. We have a volunteer Saturday on the second Saturday from 9 am – noon when we invite volunteers to help pack food boxes. We also invite volunteers to come during the week to help pack backpack meal kits.

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:
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.

The Redeemer School:
This was the first year that they participated in our grant program. We received two applications for two specific programs. The committee decided to fund the grant application for Scholastic Books Classroom Libraries.  We received word that our grant has already made possible the purchase of these books for use in the classrooms.  The school is less than a mile from St. James’ and would love to have help from us as classroom readers.  Our contact is Kathy Russell who volunteers at the school.

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 5:00 pm 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, jmyers11@comcast.net , 601.291.4568.

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 missyazoo@aol.com if you would like to be added to her list of volunteers

Matt’s House II: 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 Lelia Dodson, 601.209.6140, stoneycv@gmail.com.

St. James Annual Christmas Party with Stewpot: Annually, St. James hosts a Christmas Party for Stewpot residents at St. James. Parishioners join them for the party which includes a wonderful meal, 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 Drive: During August, we’re collected school supplies for Stewpot kids. 

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, shp9669@aol.com

Turkey Collection:  Each Sunday in November, parishioners donate frozen turkeys for Stewpot’s Thanksgiving and Christmas gift baskets. 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 rmpainter@hotmail.com. 

The Storybook Project
Storybook Project is a ministry sponsored by the Episcopal Diocese of Mississippi and located at Grace Church in Canton. It nurtures lasting and positive relationships among incarcerated parents/grandparents and their children by helping the absent parents maintain relationships with their children by reading to them. Volunteers take books into a prison facility, and invite parents to choose a book they will read aloud to their child. We send the book and a recording of the parent’s voice to the child. Contact The Rev. Beth Foose at 601-859-2680 to get involved.

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.

Voice of Calvary Ministries:
Voice of Calvary Ministries believes that to break the cycle of poverty we must bring the best practices available into those areas most neglected. Much research has shown that the careers that are going to grow in the future, and provide a living wage will be in science technology, engineering, arts and math, or what is know as STEAM. This year’s proposal was to renovate and equip a room called a Makerspace/Innovation Space in their facility for a hands-on learning laboratory. Volunteers of any skill level can be used, but those with basic carpentry and or construction skills would be especially helpful, particularly in the months of February through April. In addition, volunteers are needed to assist elementary school age youth during the summer months of June and July as mentors and tutors.

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