Christian Outreach means reaching out in love to those who are in need or trouble. Though there are many valid ways to fulfill its mission, at St. James’ we have our own paths.
First, we recruit, train and provide volunteers for our county’s homeless shelter, which hosts about 60 people each night. Volunteers sign up to provide food for the shelter guests.
Second, we are now in our eleventh year of Reading Adventures, an after-school reading program at the local elementary school. Its purpose is to help elementary school children who are having trouble with reading to gain proficiency in and a love for reading. We do this through adult volunteers who read books with the children. Last year ten adult volunteers served five children. This year the number of students is growing.
Third, for several years St. James’ has joined with other parishes in providing gifts and food for needy families at Thanksgiving and Christmas. We have expanded our community based services to include a blood drive this Lent.
Fourth, we host a blood drive each Lent. This is a concrete way to give of ourselves to those in need while reminding us that we are indeed mortal.
Fifth, we are in our fourth year of sending a delegation of youth to North Carolina for Towel Camp. Towel Camp is a ministry dedicated to helping the disadvantaged maintain homes by helping in repairs, building of wheelchair ramps, and similar projects. The youth raise their own money to support the camp.
Finally, we also make funds available to other organization or needs both locally and throughout the nation.