At Holy Family Episcopal Church, we look for ways to come together to serve Christ and each other. While giving monies to organizations is one way, we also like to get involved, using our hands and hearts to serve. Ways we have or plan to do this in 2018 include:
On Maundy Thursday, March 29, we came together before worship to stuff socks for people who are homeless. Our goal was to stuff 60 socks for 60 people…with so much energy and enthusiasm, we stuffed 99! These socks contain essentials such as sunscreen, chapstick with SPF, food items, toothbrushes, toothpaste, and of course, the second sock! Every family was able to leave the evening with socks to give to people they met on the road.
On May 5 at 10 a.m., members from our church family will gather at Rancho Viejo Market parking lot, 55 Canada del Rancho, to help with the Wildfire Community Preparedness Day. Gloves and trash bags will be provided.
On May 6 after worship, we will be meeting to discuss a new Prayer Squares Ministry. The squares from many hands will be crocheted or sewn into blankets/shawls, rather like the laying on of hands for healing. No experience necessary. Yarn, hooks and needles will be supplied. We'll talk about when, how often and where to meet, who needs to learn the art (knitting or crocheting, right- or left-handed). It is a wonderfully magical ministry and an opportunity for fellowship and the calm of needlework.
In August, we will have a Polo Shirt Drive for school children, who cannot afford school uniforms.
In the fall, we plan to make and serve a meal for Juntos. Juntos is a weekly project conducted throughout the school year. Homeless families receive a hot dinner and are provided with a parent education class promoting family communication, financial literacy, health and academic achievement. There are also art classes for kids, and mentoring and homework help for teens.
In October, we are planning to partner with a local organization that provides care of animals for St. Francis Day.
In addition to the Outreach Sunday collections, we host summer community luncheons, serve dinner at either Adelante or Pete's Place (interfaith homeless shelter), and operate a Pass Through Pantry for those in need of food. In addition, we have a special heart for people with Autism Spectrum Disorder and other sensory disorders and their families.