Church of St. Andrew (Episcopal), Marblehead, Mass.

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Mission and outreach into the community and the world are hallmarks of St. Andrew's. 

The Community Outreach Ministry oversees a diverse program of assisting people in the community and beyond who need human or financial help, made possible by parishioners' contributions. Specific programs include cash and food donations to local food pantries; funding summer day care; scholarships for college and grade-school tuition; monetary help to individuals and families struggling to pay rent, utilities, or medical bills; a holiday meal program; and the provision of holiday gift cards to a local grocery store. 

For those interested in helping with outreach efforts, there are many ways to become involved:

  • Prepare and serve food monthly at My Brother's Table in Lynn
  • Prepare food and/or serve twice a month at Lifebridge in Salem 
  • Contribute food to the Marblehead Food Pantry (St. Andrew's is responsible for stocking the shelves during the month of March, but contributions are welcome any time)
  • Help prepare Thanksgiving baskets of donated food for local disadvantaged families
  • Prepare soups and casseroles for those in need inside and outside the parish
  • Participate in the Family-to-Family program by helping our "adopted" families
  • Participate in the prison ministry, which supports an inmate at MCI/Framingham through a program known as College Beyond Bars.
  • Help review applications for, and select recipients of, the Erik Isbrandsten September 11 Memorial Scholarship, which honors a parishioner's son who lost his life in the World Trade Center
  • Join other parishioners who participate in the Essex County Community Organization (ECCO), a community-organizing project supported by churches throughout Boston's North Shore

ST. ANDREW'S TO WORK WITH
REFUGEE IMMIGRATION MINISTRY (RIM)

 

During the past several months, a number of parishioners have expressed interest in working with RIM (Refugee Immigration Ministry), an organization led by the Rev. Dr. Ruth Bersin that works with asylum seekers. Dr. Bersin spoke to our parish last spring, and many were touched by stories of individuals served by RIM--their heart-wrenching experiences and, most especially, the incredible resiliency of the human spirit.

Individuals served by RIM are often fleeing dangerous conflicts and persecutions from other parts of the world and are seeking asylum and refuge. While they wait for their asylum cases to be processed, they have few, if any, resources. They aren't allowed to work, and many are forced into homelessness and isolation. Congregations affiliated with RIM help clients find housing, provide interim financial support, help with education and transportation, find employment (when authorization is obtained), and assist with the acculturation process. The goal is to help people quickly achieve self-sufficiency in a new land.

Offering refuge from persecution is not only an international obligation. As Christians, our Baptismal Covenant calls for us to "strive for justice and peace among all people, and respect the dignity of every human being."

 

Last week, our Vestry formally voted to support our participation in RIM. This initiative will also have an interfaith aspect. Temple Emanu-El in Marblehead has voted to partner with us in our effort to support an individual (or family) seeking asylum. Other local parishes, including Old North Church in Marblehead, have also expressed interest in joining us.

 

For more information, contact Steve Hahn or another member of the St. Andrew's Leadership Development Initiative (LDI) committee.

St. Andrew's Cooperative Nursery School,

It is  located in the church, is a truly cooperative venture where parents volunteer time and talent in order to play an integral part in their children's early education. The goal is to establish a cooperative and socially, economically, and racially integrated nursery school that provides preschool children with the experience of living and learning with others of varied backgrounds. For more information about the nursery school, call 781-631-5543. 


 


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