“After this the Lord
appointed seventy others and sent them on ahead of him in pairs to every town
and place where he himself intended to go.” (Luke 10:1)
are a community called by God to serve Christ in all people with compassion and
respect. Our mission is to serve
wherever there is need; to responsibly bring our hearts, resources and
fellowship to the nurturing of God's people and the world; and to uplift and
enrich the lives of all those whom we touch.
St. Martin's outreach efforts are grounded
in the experience that all, including ourselves, are in need of God's grace and
compassion. It is with humility and gratitude that we reach out in love to be
forces for good and justice in God's name.
Our community outreach efforts strive for meaningful relationships with
those whom we serve.
Outreach Committee, Dec. 2011
following are brief descriptions of several Outreach Relationships currently
receiving or seeking support of St. Martin’s Church Community:
Barnabas is located in west Philadelphia
and provides social services, shelter and meals to homeless women and children
up to age 14. There is a large
barrel by the main entrance to the church to collect the non-perishable food
and personal care items donated by the members of the parish and others for the
shelter. The mission uses some of
the food to provide meals for the residents and to stock a food cupboard open
on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday mornings for low income persons in the
surrounding community. There are volunteer opportunities to help with the food
cupboard. If you would like more information about St. Barnabas, please call
the church office. A member of the Outreach committee will return your call.
collected Christmas dinner fixings for St. Barnabas on December 16, 2012 and were able to
deliver 20 turkeys & hams and 40 bags of all the
annual drive brought joy to those who gave and received. Special thanks to our
dedicated parish members who were there in cold weather to receive the
donations and drive the collected dinners to St. Barnabas.
Episcopal Community Services Xmas
Gift Card Program
has had a long relationship with Episcopal Community Services, a social service
agency of the Episcopal Church. Our parish has provided volunteers, funds and
gifts in kind. We collected $25
gift cards from Target or Walmart for distribution to families, teens, children
and the Home Health Aides who provide services to homebound seniors. The parish collected 35 cards sharing
God’s love in the 2012 advent season. More information about Episcopal
Community Services can be found on their website: www.ecs1870.org.
Episcopal Relief &
Development Fund (ERD)
Martins Church consistently contributes to and participates in disaster relief
projects and efforts of Episcopal Relief & Development. We normally
contribute money or goods, to ERD disaster relief efforts throughout the
world. Recent efforts included
contributions to Haiti Earthquake relief and Japan Tsunami relief. These outreach funds are usually
generated by the Parish on an ad hoc, as needed basis.
St. James School Book Project
St. James School
is a faith-based middle school in the Episcopal tradition, committed to
educating traditionally underserved students in a nurturing environment. The
school is a community that provides a challenging academic program and encourages
the development of the moral, spiritual, intellectual, physical and creative
gifts in its students. As a newly formed school in Philadelphia, St. James
is seeking to establish a library of books suitable for middle school students
of about 10-14 years of age. St Martin’s children’s Christian Education
groups are undertaking an area wide campaign to collect and provide St. James
with suitable books for its library.
If you have books, you wish to learn more or contribute to this effort,
please contact Joan Prewitt at firstname.lastname@example.org, or Kathy Wynn at email@example.com.
Neighborhood League Shops
NLS is a
non profit organization specializing in the consignment and sale of clothing,
jewelry, gift items, small furnishings, antiques, house wares, artwork and
collectibles. Proceeds from their three shops are donated to several Main Line charities.
Volunteer opportunities include working with consignors on intake of
salable items, and sales of consigned goods, as well as opportunities to serve
on our board and/or executive committee.
We welcome a commitment of 1/2 - 2 days per week. Several of St. Martin’s parishioners currently donate time,
money, or goods to NLS. For
outreach opportunities with NLS, contact Janet Andersen, 610 688-5787 or the
Church Office, or visit NLS’ web page www.nlshops.org/volunteer.html.
Radnor Clean & Green Initiative
Radnor Township has a community-wide initiative to
keep Radnor Township clean and green. Its effort is aimed at providing
education and resources to encourage residents to do what they can to improve
and maintain the quality of life in the township and is encouraging residents
to undertake projects to clean waste and debris from properties used by the
public. If you have ideas for a
project or wish to organize your own you may contact the Township Recreation
& Community Programming Department.
St. Martin’s wishes to be active
in several ongoing cleanup projects, and while these activities generally occur
in the Spring, Summer and Fall, please contact Carlie
Irving for scheduled projects.
Relationships. Members of St.
Martins have been very active in the foregoing programs, but also have
participated extensively in various personal Outreach Ministries in and around
our community which involve the volunteer services of our members. Many of these are listed below. If you are interested in exploring a
possible role in outreach to these organizations, or have communities or causes
to which you are dedicated and wish to share with the congregation, please
contact the Church Office.
Chester Co. Food Bank
Community Garden Club of Wayne
Dolphins of Delaware County
of Lower Marion & Narberth
Home for Animals
Habitat for Humanity
Meals on Wheels
Soc. Sons of St George
St John Norristown Soup Kitchen
Unite for Her
Women's Club of Upper Merion
Women's Resource Center