St. Mary’s Outreach Programs

gardenThe mission of St, Mary’s Outreach Ministry is to be “instruments of God’s peace” by reaching out, nurturing and teaching. We do this by looking to the needs of others, working together and sharing opportunities to demonstrate God’s love through our actions.

Outreach ministry is about recognizing changes that are taking place in the world around us and responding to those needs, sometimes in new and different ways. A good example of this is the ministry of the New Visions organization that we support. They continue to do good work while realizing a shift in their clientele and working to meet their needs.

During the past several months there has been a lot of Outreach activity at St. Mary’s.

In September we donated school supplies to the Haddon Heights School District for needy children. We also provided teachers at the Atlantic Avenue School with a coffee mug that contained a new pen, pencils, candy and a $5.00 WAWA gift card along with a “thank you” for  their role in developing young minds in our community.Also

October saw generosity to the AWA. Collections of items that can be recycled (towels, bathroom mats, toilet paper rolls, old shoes etc.) by the AWA and  put t good use in caring for the animals or in selling for profit which goes back to the AWA, were made.

We also addressed needs of women and children dealing with domestic violence through the Camden County Women’s Center. This  has become a societal problem and we realize the need to pay more attention to this situation on an ongoing basis.

Our congregation is very generous in supporting Caring Hearts Ministry. This year we collected cranberry sauce for Thanksgiving dinners.

In December we adopted a family through Caring Hearts and filled their home with presents.  After learning of a family in need in Audubon, we donated gift certificates that they were able to use to purchase food.

All of the money raised at the Christmas table at the Bazaar was directed toward Outreach for the coming year. The total was $161.00.

We recognize that there will always be needs in our community and we hope to continue to meet those needs to the very best of our ability as a church community. Prayerfully we go forward.