Mission (Outreach): Local
Mission is reaching out to those outside the church
to help them on their journey to Christ.
Opportunities for Involvement in our Mission Work Locally:
Matthew 25 Task Force:
The Family of St. Paul's takes seriously our call in Matthew 25 to be about the work Jesus gave us to do. Our Matthew 25 Task Force has five areas of focus:
1. We seek to feed the hungry and slake the thirsty:
a. Hope Connection: Each Thursday at 3:00 p.m. in the Parish Hall's kitchen, St.
Paul's members volunteer to prepare food and supply water, ice, tea, fruit and
cookies for the homeless and then it is delivered to the Hope Connection.
b. Meals on Wheels: St. Paul's is a neighborhood drop-off point for Meals on
Wheels in cooperation with the Caddo Council on Aging. Monday through
Thursday, members of the Family of St. Paul's go out two-by-two to deliver
meals to those in the Broadmoor area who need them.
c. Providence House: A team of St. Paul's members volunteer to serve
meals to needy families at the Providence House on assigned dates.
2. We seek to clothe the naked (and help in furnishing those without):
Clothing Drives: St. Paul's parishioners have donated clothing and some
furniture to benefit others. Donations are welcome throughout the year and can be
brought to the Parish Hall. A storage building houses the donations and then the
items are given to the Hub and the Providence House for those in need.
3. We seek to welcome (to minister to) the stranger:
a. Prayer: Requests for prayer in person or on the phone may be done by Father
Paul Martin, Rector, Amelia Jordan, Parish Administrator, or any Ministry Team
Member available. Prayer requests from the website go directly to Father Paul
b. Hope House: Christmas gift bags which included new clothing, umbrellas,
toiletries and personal items were donated to those in need.
c. HUB's Purchased: Not For Sale: Monthly, St. Paul's members
volunteer to purchase and organize goodie bags for the HUB to distribute to
women in need.
d. Providence House: Residents at the Providence House have received
new pajamas through our Pajama Drive and participated in a fun art and crafts
project. We will be redecorating and donating books for their library!
4. We seek to visit the sick:
a. Eucharistic Visitors: Eucharistic Visitors are trained and licensed by the
Bishop. Representing the Body of Christ, Eucharist Visitors serve our ill and/
or infirmed parishioners in their homes.
b. Home Visitation Ministry: This ministry's purpose is to visit and liasion
with the Church the needs and desires of those who cannot regularly attend the
Church. Each member is trained to go into the homes of members of The Family
to listen, talk, and learn about them and their needs.
c. Transportation Ministry: This ministry's mission is to find out who cannot
attend church due to lack of transportation and offer him/her a ride. Whether this
is done weekly or occasionally, we have an opportunity to bring more of our
Family together on Sunday.
d. Flower Delivery: This important committee delivers the flowers after Sunday
services to those who are house bound or are in the hospital. These ministers
deliver not only flowers but the joy of the Lord to those they meet.
5. We seek to visit those in prison (or jail):
a. Kairos Prison Ministry: This mission opportunity is designed to permit
those who are incarcerated to hear and experience the love of Jesus Christ
through interdenominational teams going into prisons (primarily David Wade
Correctional Center in Homer, Louisiana, a maximum security state prison) for
an intense weekend course. Only men go into the prison but women can
participate in a support capacity. When women go into a women's prison (St.
Gabriel's), the roles are reversed.
b. Kairos Outside: Those inside of the prison have Kairos. What about the
families and loved ones? Who ministers to them? Kairos outside is designed for
women with family members who are incarcerated. Just as those who experience
Kairos inside the prison learn of the love of Jesus Christ, their loved one outside
can share a similar experience, making it easier for them to share both their faith
and the stresses and challenges they each face.
If you are interested in any of these local mission opportunities,
please contact the Ministry Office at 318-865-8469.