Outreach Ministries

 

 

The Episcopal Charities Committee

At St. Barnabas we believe that our faith is truly shown through action that helps those who are in need. We engage in a variety of outreach ministries that make a difference within our immediate community and at statewide, national and international levels. We also faithfully and generously contribute to Diocesan and National Church agencies that provide funding for a wide spectrum of social programs and ministries.

Meals for Fran Conway House
Each month parishioners prepare meals which are brought to Fran Conway House, a homeless shelter in Warwick. This shelter is run by
House of Hope, a non-profit organization founded in 1989 in Warwick, Rhode Island with a mission to prevent and end homelessness in Rhode Island.

Food and Toiletries Collection for House of Hope
We collect canned and dried food and toiletry items on an ongoing basis for House of Hope.

Food Collection for West Bay Community Action
We also collect canned and dried food on an ongoing basis for the
West Bay Community Action Food Bank which provided groceries to those in need in the greater Warwick area.

Thanksgiving Baskets
Each year we prepare five Thanksgiving baskets. These baskets with a turkey and all the trimmings are distributed at the discretion of the Principals of Warwick Neck Elementary School and Warwick Veterans High School to families they know to be in need.

The Holiday Giving Tree
Each year the Holiday Giving Tree goes up in the back of the church at the beginning of Advent. The tree is trimmed with decorations that contain the gender, age and item requested by a child or adult. Our parishioners take these decorations and purchase the wanted item, wrap it and bring it back to the church. This is also done in conjunction with the Warwick Neck Elementary School, and we usually purchase gifts for families with the Principal of the school doing the distribution. Each family also receives the fixings for a holiday ham dinner.  This year 132 tags were taken representing thousands of dollars in gifts purchased for those who would have had a bleak Christmas without this ministry.

Crop Walk

Episcopal Charities of Rhode Island
The
Episcopal Charities Fund is a ministry of the Episcopal Diocese of Rhode Island which is committed to helping change the lives of Rhode Islanders in crisis and need by funding social service programs in RI. Over the last two years St. Barnabas has met or exceeded the goal set for us by the Episcopal Charities Fund.

United Thank Offering
Each year parishioners generously contribute to the
United Thank Offering, a ministry of The Episcopal Church for the mission of the whole church. Through United Thank Offering, men, women, and children nurture the habit of giving daily thanks to God. These prayers of thanksgiving start when we recognize and name our many daily blessings. Those who participate in UTO discover that thankfulness leads to generosity. United Thank Offering is entrusted to promote thank offerings, to receive the offerings, and to distribute the UTO monies to support mission and ministry throughout The Episcopal Church and in invited Provinces of the Anglican Communion in the developing world.

Rhode Island Family Shelter
In 2014 we also established a working relationship with Rhode Island Family Shelter in Warwick, a 24 hour, 7 day a week shelter for homeless families. RI Family Shelter is the only temporary emergency family shelter of its kind in the Kent County area. All families are welcomed. Approximately 300 individuals per year receive shelter. Over one half of all sheltered are children. Besides providing one meal for the shelter each month we also collect items on an ongoing basis that are needed by the residents such as a variety of paper goods, diapers and baby wipes, bathroom cleaner, dishwashing liquid, laundry detergent, trash bags and freezer bags.

Christmas Warmth
In 2014 we began collecting socks, hats and gloves which are sent to House of Hope and Crossroads Rhode Island, another agency that provides emergency shelter for the homeless population in our state. If you have ever spent a single hour in biting cold weather you know how crucial dry socks, a hat and a pair of gloves can be to a person's health. We collect these items during the four weeks of Advent and then distribute them before Christmas.  This year we collected 246 pairs of socks, 70 hats, 52 pairs of gloves/mittens, 16 scarves and 11 hat and glove sets.

Crop Walk
For two years now we have taken part in the West Bay CROP Walk, a walk sponsored by Church World Services to raise money to alleviate hunger issues locally and we have raised $2,500.00 since taking part in this endeavor.

Boy Scouts of America
St. Barnabas also sponsors Boy Scout Troop 1284 and Cub Scout Pack 1284.

 

Collections Boxes for Our Outreach Ministries

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