St. Paul’s is committed to reaching out in many ways, striving to live out Christ’s command to love our neighbors, both nearby and far away. We serve with gifts of time, talents and “treasure.” We support dozens of organizations working with people in need, both through the support we give to the Episcopal Diocese of Massachusetts and through our own efforts.
The Outreach Committee coordinates congregational activities such as regular mission trips to Léogâne, Haiti, and with Appalachia Service Project, as well as an annual Advent Giving Tree and Bread for the World’s Offering of Letters. In addition, we reach out locally through participation in the Bedford Community Table and Food Pantry, the Diocese’s B-SAFE summer youth program, several knitting ministries (including Project Linus), and other local activities.
Our newest focus is on relieving the plight of refugees. We are exploring a partnership with other local groups to assist the International Institute of New England in settling refugees and other immigrants here in the Boston area. We provide financial support to NuDay Syria’s housing program for Syrians displaced by the civil war but still in their homeland.
The Outreach ministry at St. Paul’s is not just for adults. Our Sunday School children collect seeds for school garden programs in Haiti. The Middle School Youth are involved with Special Olympics and the Cradles to Crayons program. Our enthusiastic teens travel with Appalachia Service Project to help rebuild homes in impoverished areas of Virginia and West Virginia. Girl and Boy Scouts participate in an annual Scout Sunday and service project. Parishioners of all ages have partnered with Bedford’s Rotary Club and Rise Against Hunger (formerly Stop Hunger Now) to pack tens of thousands of meals for children in need around the world.
For more information about the committee and its work, please contact the church office by phone (781-275-8262) or email (firstname.lastname@example.org).
To see the calendar of service opportunities, check the church calendar at http://www.stpaulsbedford.org/calendar/