Outreach

The Mission of St. Mary’s Outreach Committee

St. Mary’s Outreach Committee works to inspire and support the members of our parish community in finding ways as individuals and as a community to make a meaningful difference in serving people who need help. With God’s help, the St. Mary’s Outreach Mission is to seek and serve Christ in all persons, caring for and loving the most vulnerable individuals and families in the greater Goochland and Richmond community, and beyond.

Approach and Vision

  • We will connect with the people we serve, respecting the dignity of every human being.
  • Aligning with our partners and other churches in the community, we will work together to expand our reach and optimize our resources to ensure access to shelter, food, education, healthcare, medicine, supplies, and care for those at
  • We will mobilize and optimize our Congregation’s time, talents, and resources to positively impact those in need (educational, spiritual, material, emotional).
  • We will build awareness and weave Outreach into the culture of the church, through sustained storytelling, prayer, shared experiences, maintaining a calendar, and a consistent flow of
  • We will rebuild our church support capabilities with a focus on creating a database of parishioner interests, skills, and experiences and implement a process to evaluate, prioritize, and resource current and future
  • We will consistently offer opportunities for Outreach that will broadly appeal to and further engage parishioners of all
  • We will evaluate our resources and set priorities to distribute allocated funds to grant
  • We will give up ourselves to His service, and in doing so, experience personal joy and peace in our closeness to God.

 

Current & Upcoming Outreach Opportunities

  • Giving TreeCurrent Opportunity
    • St. Mary’s Giving Tree provides the opportunity to spread cheer through Christmas gift cards (visa or Walmart) for families through Goochland Christmas Mother, CrossOver Healthcare Ministry, and Peter Paul Development Center. Like last year, we hope this will provide flexibility to use the cards in the best way, including gifts and groceries. The Giving Tree is now up in the Narthex, so grab an ornament with the amount of a gift card you would like to provide and drop the gift card at St. Mary’s by Sunday, December 12. Or follow this link and click the amount of a gift card that you’d like to provide and St. Mary’s staff will get all the needed gift cards.
  • Gateway Homes Wreath Making – Saturday, December 4, 2021, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
    • Come out to help assemble wreaths to provide Christmas spirit and decoration to the Gateway Homes apartments and campus where it will be especially uplifting! Gateway Homes is an outreach partner whose mission is to help mentally-ill individuals recover, maintain stability, return to work or school, and move into housing in the community. We are looking for volunteers to help decorate wreaths on Saturday, December 4 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. in the Parish Hall. Please email Jim Evans at jim.evans52@verizon.net for more information. Please bring your own clippers and any cut greens!
  • CARITAS Shelter Week – December 10 – 16, 2021
    • St. Mary’s is excited to continue to partner with CARITAS through a Bridge & Shelter Week as they expand their resources to those they serve. Through Bridge & Shelter Weeks, we can continue to provide nutritious meals, donate essential supplies, and spend time in fellowship at The Healing Place and Emergency Shelter for Women located at the new CARITAS Center, 2220 Stockton Street, 23224. You can click here to learn more about the opportunities on how to participate in the Bridge and Shelter Week.
  • GoochlandCARES Closet – December 12, 2021
    • The Outreach Ministry Committee is continuing to offer an opportunity to assist GoochlandCARES in their Clothes Closet. It only takes a couple of hours to sort through the clothes. The next volunteer session is scheduled for Sunday, December 12 after the 11 a.m. service. If you are interested in joining us, please contact Charmaine Trice at nesting7800@yahoo.com or Dick Thomas at nvvserv@icloud.com.

 

St. Mary’s Monthly Outreach Newsletter

Once a month, St. Mary’s Outreach Committee shares the good news of the amazing work the St. Mary’s Community is doing out in the wider community. The committee is so grateful for St. Mary’s never-ending support!

View past newsletters here:

St. Mary’s Outreach Grants

Throughout the past couple of years, the outreach committee formalized the local outreach grant process with the goal of impacting Goochland county and the greater Metropolitan Richmond area. In 2019, St. Mary’s was fortunate to be able to provide over $50,000 in grants to seven local non-profits – CARITAS, CrossOver Healthcare Ministry, Gateway Homes, Goochland Family YMCA, GoochlandCARES, Peter Paul Development Center, and St. Andrew’s School.