At St. Mary Anne’s, we believe that outreach involves far more than writing a check. Our parishioners are involved in the life of the local and the worldwide community.
Giving Tree: One of the most popular of our outreach projects is the Giving Tree. Early in the fall, members collect names from local schools of children whose families are in difficulty and commit to providing Christmas gifts for children who would otherwise do without.
Mission Committee: Our nine-member Mission Committee coordinates our financial gifts to projects locally and around the world, organizes parish “fund-raisers” for various mission projects, and leads in educating the parish in mission and outreach concerns. The committee has, as its mission statement, the following: “The Mission Committee, through the guidance of our Lord Jesus Christ, endeavors to encourage, educate and stimulate the parish to be Christ’s hands and feet in our community, nation, and world, not only in the use of our financial resources, but through love and action.”
Prayer Shawl Ministry: This group meets each Sunday during education hour. Members knit prayer shawls to donate for anyone in need. They also work on afghans, hats, scarves, baby clothes, and other hand goods. No experience or supplies needed.
Mission Trips: In past years, members of St. Mary Anne’s have supported the mission of those who are helping to rebuild the Mississippi Gulf Coast. Also, our Youth Group has participated in various Diocesan Mission Trips, and is now fundraising for a mission trip to Costa Rica this July. To learn more, visit: http://stmaryanne.org/youth-group-mission-trip/
Rotating Homeless Shelter: St. Mary Anne’s cooperates with area churches in providing food and shelter for about 25 guests during the winter months. Specifically, we work with the North East United Methodist Church, sharing facilities for a two-week period every winter. Volunteers from the churches and other community organizations all help out to welcome guests during this part of the Shelter schedule.
Parish Hall Use for Non-Profits: Each week, the Parish Hall is used for many community activities. Non-profit groups, such as Alcoholics Anonymous, Boy Scouts, al anon, Narcotics Anonymous, a Senior Citizen Group, and a youth Chess Group, have found a home at SMA. For information about using the Parish Hall for your non-profit, visit: http://www.stmaryanne.org/parish-hall-use/