St. Stephen's Episcopal Church
Wednesday, July 29, 2015
There's a place for you here.
St. Stephen's Church is a thriving community with so many ministries that volunteers are indispensable.
The New testament describes the church as a body with many members, and each member has an important role to play in the proper functioning of the body. Some of us are teachers, some are cooks, some are gifted in providing hospitality, some are leaders of worship, some are counselors, some work with their hands, some are called to a ministry of prayer, and so on. Whatever your gift or inclination, there is a place for you and a role for you to play in keeping our community strong and healthy.
If you are interested in volunteering, we will gratefully put you to work! Volunteering is a great way to strengthen our common life, get to know new people, and realize that you are an important member of the Body of Christ, the church. A list of ongoing areas of need is provided below; in addition, new and upcoming roles are described here:
Food Pantry Garden: Our community garden is making progress. We are planting tomatoes, potatoes, beans and onions. This delicious, fresh produce will go to clients of our food pantry this summer and fall. If you are interested in participating in this special ministry, please contact Deb Lawrence in the church office.
Do you shop at our Farmers Market on Saturdays? You can combine your shopping trip with a vital volunteer opportunity by gleaning donations to our food pantry from our wonderful market vendors. Volunteers are needed just before noon to pick up the donations from these vendors and put them in the pantry and refrigerator. This can be a wonderful community service project for youth.
Fairfield School has new opportunities for volunteers. In addition to roles for classroom assistants, tutors and lunch buddies, there are new opportunities to read to classes or to serve as a reading pal to a student, a math buddy or in an "Adopt-a-Classroom" capacity. These all have very flexible time frames and can be done monthly as opposed to weekly. "Adopt-a-Classroom" is a wonderful opportunity for a group such as an Emmaus Group, and it's also a good thing for someone who prefers an activity that can be done from home, such as sending in a holiday treat, helping sponsor a field trip, etc. Make plans now to participate when the new school year begins.
Also at Fairfield, the Central Virginia Food Bank's Mobile Food Pantry visits the school once a month to provide bags of food to Fairfield School families. They do this on the same night as the PTA meeting (2nd Tuesday of each month) and volunteers are needed to help with distribution.
Our hosting week for CARITAS (Congregations Around Richmond Involved to Assure Shelter), takes place each fall. Sign-up sheets are placed at the Outreach Table several weeks in advance. (Please note that this opportunity will return in 2016, after our renovation is complete.)
We send a team of health care providers (physicians, dentists, nurses, pharmacists, etc.) to CrossOver Ministry's Cowardin Avenue clinic twice each year. Volunteers are also needed to assist with administrative tasks; Spanish speakers are also helpful.
Questions about any of these opportunities may be addressed to Deb Lawrence via email or at 288-2867.
Local Outreach Ministries
Work in our community garden (growing vegetables for our food ministry)
Gleaning produce (working at the Farmers Market on Saturdays right after it closes, to collect unused produce for our food ministry)
National Outreach Ministries (read more here)
International Outreach Ministries (read more here)
Ministries at St. Stephen's
Volunteer to mentor or teach
Help chaperone field trips
To volunteer with our youth ministry, contact Michael Sweeney.
Volunteer to teach Sunday school
Serve in Palmer Hall Chapel services on Sundays (there are roles for adults and children)
The Women of St. Stephen's
The Women of St. Stephen's offer a wide range of volunteer opportunities, including working in their shop, the May Fair House; preparing foods to sell in the May Fair House; Gracious Gourmets, who prepare meals for those who have recently welcomed a new baby or suffered a loss; and other opportunities. Please visit the Women of St. Stephen's page for more information, or contact Eleanor Washburn, president.