St. Matt’s is active in a variety of outreach activities that honor our commitment to be Christ’s hands to the world. Some provide works of love, like the Seamen’s Ministry, which creates beautiful, warm winter wear for those who work year round as seafarers. Wayside Christian Mission group provides and serves meals at the Mission; they are essentially self-sustaining, but donations of time and/or food are also accepted as needed. Churchill downs Backside Chapel provides meals, prayers and fellowship to workers at the Downs, and Life Skills support child care and meal preparation for young mothers learning management and coping skills at Home for the Innocents.
Some ministries receive funding through our budget to operate as sponsored outreach ministries of St. Matthews Episcopal Church, including the St. George’s Scholar Institute and St. George’s Episcopal Church Relief fund (Christmas food boxes). We also support the Episcopal Church Home Women’s Board (providing financial assistance for resistants), Habitat for Humanity and Kenya Kids @ Rongo (orphanage and school.) We also support the Rector’s discretionary funds.
In addition to these good works, St. Matt’s sponsors collection ministries, including quarterly canned food for St. George’s and Calvary’s food pantries, St. MAMS (St. Matthews Area Ministries) school supplies in July, warm coats for refugees through KRM in the fall, and the Advent tree Christmas gifts. Our parishioners are exceedingly generous and these ministries are much appreciated throughout the communities we touch.
On the third Saturday of each month, St. Matts opens Saints Hall to partner with Dare to Care in distributing foodstuffs to folks in need of nutritional support. Many parishioners find this a most rewarding activity and they are often joined by students and adults from the community in the setup, provision selection and cleanup activities after sharing time with our guests.
If any of these ministries interest you, don’t hesitate to ask for more information. All are welcome!