Outreach Mission Statement:
Through St Elizabeth's outreach, we endeavor to follow Christ's teaching by working together with partners, locally and globally, building relationships, and sharing our time, talents and financial resources with our fellow sisters and brothers.
Outreach is a vital part of makeup of St Elizabeth's and the committee, with the support of the congregation and clergy, continues to thrive and grow. We are dedicated to living out our baptismal covenant and look for new opportunities to serve God and our fellow sisters and brothers. The committee meets bi-monthly and works to support numerous projects and is always looking for additional opportunities.
To get involved in any of the St Elizabeth's Outreach programs, please contact Carol Davies, Outreach Committee chairperson.
Appalachia Service Project
Every other year, the high school youth travel to Central Appalachia for a week of service and outreach. As Appalachia Service Project (ASP) volunteers, the youth, under the supervision of many dedicated adults, spend a week participating in home repair ministry and relationship building. Volunteers and ASP staff work together to make homes warmer, safer and drier for low-income home owners and their families in Central Appalachia. Link: https://www.asphome.org
Boston City Mission
In the alternate summers with ASP project, St Elizabeth's youth volunteer in a week-long urban immersion program of mission work in the city of Boston. The City Mission Society is a social justice organization that promotes a just society for all people by uniting communities and transforming individuals through service, education, and advocacy. Our programs help youth and adults achieve their full potential while providing opportunities for congregations and communities to engage in social action and change. Link: https://citymissionboston.org
Blackstone School Partnership
"Make a difference" This usually trite statement takes on real meaning when applied to the St. Stephen's B-Safe (Summer) and B-Ready secondary school support) programs partially funded by the diocese and initiated and administered by St. Stephen's mission church in South End Boston. Cooperating with a Boston Schools' experimental school's program, B-Ready has "adopted" Blackstone School for contributing resources and volunteers to enhance education. St. Elizabeth's joined this initiative by "adopting" a first grade class after 8 parishioners visited a classroom during library time in May of 2014. We yearly collect school supplies and help in updating the technology for the Blackstone school. In addition, volunteers continue to read books to classrooms of students each week during 'library time.' Link: http://www.ssypboston.org/organizing/
Mother's Day Walk for Peace
Since 2013, members of St Elizabeth's joined 10,000 walkers in the 19th annual Louis D Brown Peace Institute Mother's Day Walk for Peace. During this flat 4 mile walk, we all gain an opportunity to talk and listen to other people who care and are affected by gun violence. The Louis D Brown Peace Institute provides violence prevention education to the Boston Public School system and community as well as provides support to families directly affected by gun violence. Link: http://mothersdaywalk4peace.org/
St. Elizabeth's continues to expand its role in the diocesan B-Safe (Summer Camp) program at St. Augustine's/St. Martin's in lower Roxbury by partnering with St. Peter's Weston. We provide and serve daily lunches to 100 youthful campers, their counselors and student organizers as well as co-hosting a field trip, cook-out, and recreational activities at Wayland Beach. Approximately 40 individuals from 30 households serve in ways such as purchasing food and supplies, preparing it, driving it into Boston. We also have volunteers who interact with the campers and counselors, as well grilling and distributing the food at the cook-out. There was lots of interaction with the campers at the cook-out. This is a very rewarding experience and enjoyed both by the parishioners and campers alike. Link: http://www.ssypboston.org/programs/org/
Salvation Army Miracle Kitchen
We financially support our parish committee that oversees The Miracle Kitchen at the Salvation in Framingham. Our parishioners supply and serve the evening meal once a month and have been doing this since 1985. Numerous groups commit to take turns volunteering to prepare and cook casseroles as well as serving each month. Link: http://massachusetts.salvationarmy.org/MA/FRANeedHelp
Ecclesia Ministries, Spring Baskets and the Giving Tree
In December, we sponsor the Giving Tree, which is an opportunity for parishioners to give Christmas gifts for needy families in Sudbury and gifts for the Ecclesia Ministries for the homeless men and women in Boston. Gift cards, warm winter clothing, including socks, hats and gloves are collected and distributed to the people in need. Ecclesia Ministries works out of our Diocesan Cathedral on Tremont Street in Boston. Clergy and volunteers have been actively engaged in daily street ministry in Boston since 1994. They provide outdoor Sunday worship known as Common Cathedral at the Boston Common. Pastoral care, teaching, mission, study, recovery, and other aspects of community are offered to mitigate the isolation experienced by people living in shelters and on the street.
In addition to the above organizations, the St Elizabeth's Outreach committee also financially supports the following groups:
• F.I.S.H. (Friends In Service Helping)
• S.T.O.P (Students Together Opposing Prejudice)
• Salvation Army
• Appalachia Service Project
• Ecclesia Ministries
Thanksgiving on the Common
St. Elizabeth's took on the tradition started at Church of the Holy Spirit, Wayland many years ago to host Thanksgiving on the Common with Ecclesia Ministries. On November 22, 2015, 30 families prepared, delivered and served a hot Thanksgiving dinner on a cold, rainy afternoon. The staff of Ecclesia were so grateful. For those of us who served and worshipped on Boston Common, we all shared a special time together. We learned that whether we are housed or unhoused, employed or unemployed, live in the city or suburbs, we all share the same love of good food, have the same concerns for the health and well-being of family and friends, and mourn the loss of loved ones. We are all the children of God. Link: http://commoncathedral.org
Sister Relationship with St. Mary's Episcopal Church in Dorchester
In addition to the many projects listed above, St. Elizabeth's began exploring the possibility of something new-- of building relationships based on reciprocity and mutuality with people in Boston. One of the beautiful things about being part of the Episcopal Diocese of Massachusetts is that is connects us with people we would otherwise never encounter. We are bound by a shared faith and a shared liturgy. We are all in communion, in relationship, with one another across a wide spectrum of experience. So in November 2015, we began to explore the possibility of a sister relationship with St. Mary's Episcopal Church in Dorchester. We have shared several events with them and hope to keep this relationship growing and vibrant. As this relationship grows, we might worship together, hear their steel drum band, receive Brazilian dance lessons from Padre Edwin, or hold joint fellowship, youth group, or outreach activities. We would be spiritual companions, seeing what we have to offer each other, what we have to learn from one another, and what we might do together. Our commonalities are far greater than our differences. Please click on the link to read more about the activities at St Mary's: Link: http://stmarysdorchester.org/