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MISSION & OUTREACH

The Mission and Outreach Committee helps parishioners find ways of contributing time, talent, and treasure to areas beyond All Saints Parish. With the help of the Spirit, we are addressing human need locally, regionally, and around the world guided by the Five Marks of Mission of the Episcopal Church:

  • To proclaim the Good News of the Kingdom
  • To teach, baptize and nurture new believers
  • To respond to human need by loving service
  • To seek to transform unjust structures of society, to challenge violence of every kind, and to pursue peace and reconciliation
  • To strive to safeguard the integrity of creation and sustain and renew the life of the earth

Our outreach efforts focus on providing food and shelter to those in need, caring for women and children, and bringing about change through education. Involvement in a Mission and Outreach ministry is a good way to meet fellow parishioners and to allow the Spirit to move in our lives, spreading the love of God to our neighbors in many other areas.

If you have any questions or would like to become involved with one of the current projects or propose a new project, please contact one of the co-chairs of the Mission & Outreach Committee: Carol Piñeiro or Emily Smith-Sturr. The committee usually meets the third Sunday of each month after the service, and we welcome new members or interested parishioners to these meetings.

FOOD & SHELTER

Brookline Food Pantry

Stuffing challenge at Thanksgiving

Stuffing challenge at Thanksgiving

The Brookline Food Pantry distributes over $130,000 in food each year to Brookline residents. Half of the food is provided by private donations – people like us who can bring nonperishable food items when we come to worship at All Saints. The youth of our parish also participate in special activities such as making pies at Thanksgiving. You can participate by bringing a donation to All Saints, volunteering to drop off items at the pantry once a month, or making a monetary contribution.

How to get involved:

  • Bring food donations to All Saints Parish
  • Volunteering to deliver food to the pantry
  • Make a monetary contribution

For more information about how the Brookline Food Pantry is addressing the needs of Brookline residents, please visit their website.

Ecclesia Ministries

Grace NickEcclesia Ministries meets the physical, social, and spiritual needs of people living unhoused in downtown Boston. Parishioners from this congregation support that important work in two ways:

  • By attending Common Cathedral, the weekly worship service that takes place on Boston Common, and providing lunch for its unhoused congregants;
  • By participating in CityReach, an overnight program at St. Paul’s Cathedral Church.

Both of these outreach activities are staffed primarily by the children and young people of our parish. Adult companions are always needed.

How to get involved:

  • Help our kids make lunch for common cathedral
  • Help transport kids and food into Boston
  • Be an adult mentor on a CityReach overnight.

For more information contact Becky Taylor.

Habitat for Humanity

photo 1Habitat for Humanity International is a nonprofit, ecumenical Christian housing ministry that seeks to eliminate poverty and homelessness and to make decent shelter a matter of conscience and action.

Twice a year, teams of volunteers from All Saints Parish go to hammer, paint and saw in one of Habitat’s locations in the greater Boston area. We work alongside the peopelw ho will live in that particular residence. Don’t worry, carpentry skills are not required. Participants must be at least 16 years of age to take part in a build day.

How to get involved:

  • Join a work team for a day.

Build dates take place twice a year at one of their local sites, from 8am-3:30pm. We are looking for 10 volunteers, 16 years of age or older. Those who are 16-17 will need to be accompanied by an adult. No special skills are needed although some physical activity will be required. If interested, please contact Chris Newth.

MANNA Community Meals: The Monday Lunch Program

Six times a year, teams of parishioners come together on Sunday to prepare a meal for those in need. The following day, we go to the Cathedral Church of St. Paul to join with more than 100 men and women living on the margins, to work together serving the meal, to share in fellowship, and to worship together after the service.

How to get involved:Oasis 1

  • Shop for groceries needed for a meal
  • Help prepare a meal at church before or after the Sunday service
  • Transport a meal to the Cathedral on Sunday afternoon
  • Join in serving a meal and worshipping together
  • Contribute much needed food supplies for the meals

If you can help with the next meal, please go here to sign up.

2016-2017 Schedule:
September 26, 2016, November 28, 2016, January 23, 2017, March 27, 2017, May 22, 2017, July 24, 2017, September 25, 2017, November 27, 2017

For more information contact Ginny Adams.

 

WOMEN & CHILDREN

B-SAFE

B-Safe with Flat Jesus 2016

B-Safe with Flat Jesus 2016

Each summer for one week, All Saints is a partner parish in B-SAFE, the day activity program for at risk kids living in Boston and Chelsea. B-SAFE is administered by St. Stephen’s Church in Boston’s South End. It is designed to help every kid feel safe, feel big, and feel connected. Its overall mission is to decrease urban violence and increase academic achievement.

As a partner parish, we provide lunch each day for 100 children, teens, and adult staff at the B-SAFE site at the Church of St. Augustine & St. Martin in Roxbury, and host a day long field trip for everyone at the end of the week. In July 2016 we partnered with B-SAFE during the fourth week final of the program, and had a wonderful time hosting all the children and staff here at All Saints. Caption: With Flat Jesus, following a scavenger hunt in the sanctuary.

How to get involved:

  • Shop for groceries for the meals we prepare
  • Help with meal prep here at All Saints
  • Transport meals into Roxbury
  • Serve lunch and spend 30 minutes reading with a child after lunch
  • Go on the field trip

For more information contact Becky Taylor.

Crossroads Family Shelter

Crossroads is one of the few transitional housing facilities in Boston that allows homeless families to stay together as they search for permanent housing. Established in 1985, Crossroads has been a home to more than 1,000 displaced families.

For 20 years All Saints Parish has built a close relationship with the shelter through a variety of projects:

  • Giving Christmas gifts to all members of each family
  • Providing kitchen baskets of pots and pans and other household items to each departing family
  • Providing shower caddies filled with personal hygiene products for residents when they move into the shelter
  • Creating and organizing a library for children and adults
  • Contributing to special projects such as repairs to the physical plant or providing new cribs and bedding.

How to get involved

  • Shop for items that go into kitchen baskets.
  • Purchase Christmas gifts for children and adults.
  • Help deliver shower kitchen baskets, or Christmas gifts to the shelter.
  • Volunteer in the library and childcare center.

For more information contact Patricia Richardson or Peter Stringham.

Baby’s Smart Start

Based on a Finnish governmental program through which women receive a box full of baby items for their infants’ first year of life, Baby’s Smart Start aims to provide low-income and homeless women in the Greater Boston area with the items their babies need to start a healthy life. The box, which also doubles as a crib/bassinet, is filled with NEW items such as baby clothes, bottles, receiving blankets, bath towels, baby toiletries (infant nail clippers, thermometer, hair brush, toothbrush) and the baby’s first pack of newborn diapers.

Baby’s Smart Start has connected with several organizations serving young, low-income mothers in the Boston area. Our first connection is the Young Parent’s Program at Boston Children’s Hospital, that allows teenage parents and their infant children to be seen by the same physicians. Currently, Baby’s Smart Start has received one grant and is actively looking for more funding.

How to get involved:

  • Research potential grants/review grant applications
  • Help organize boxes and items
  • Help deliver boxes to organizations

For more information, please email Chonel Petti.

Anglican Diocese of Tanga, Tanzania

Since 2007, All Saints Parish has partnered with other parishes in the diocese and beyond to build a close relationship with the Diocese of Tanga. We have

  • helped fund a tractor and cultivation equipment for a farm in Korogwe
  • helped fund a village health center in Kazara
  • supported the ministry of St. Alban’s Church, Mgombezi, to children orphaned by HIV/AIDS by providing a swing set and church school supplies
  • helped establish a tailoring school for women in Mgombezi
  • supported the pastoral and youth ministries of Holy Cross Parish, Magila.

Over the past five years, parishioners from All Saints have traveled to Tanzania to engage in these mission projects. We also have welcomed Father Joel Makame, Rector of Holy Cross, Magila, to All Saints.

In 2014, we were notified that the diocesan Mission Tithe Grant Committee had awarded All Saints and the Friends of Tanzania in the Episcopal Diocese of Massachusetts a $10,000 matching grant award to support the building of a nursery school in the Anglican parish of St Francis Xavier in Kizara, Tanzania. This added to the $11,000 already raised from individual donors – Episcopalians in the dioceses of Massachusetts, Fort Worth, Dallas and New York as well as individuals of other faiths.

Bishops Maimbo and Mark dedicating the school in honor of Bishop Shaw

Bishops Maimbo and Mark dedicating the school in honor of Bishop Shaw

The foundation was blessed and the school named in honor of Bishop M. Thomas Shaw during a mission trip to the Anglican Diocese of Tanga in January, 2014.

How to get involved:

  • Donate money to the Friends of Tanzania, the group that oversees this mission work
  • Join a mission team and travel to Tanga.

For more information contact Carol Pineiro.

BRINGING CHANGE THROUGH EDUCATION

B-READY

Making a card for a child at B-READY before the holiday party last December

Making a card for a child at B-READY before the holiday party last December

B-READY is the after school program administered by St. Stephen’s Church in the South End (Boston) during the school year. Occasionally we host “Fun Friday” events at the Church of St. Augustine & St. Martin, or host play dates for B-READY kids here at All Saints. Our next “Fun Friday” is a holiday party on Friday, December 23.

How to get involved:

  • Help plan a “Fun Friday” event
  • Participate in a “Fun Friday” (from 3 to 6pm)
  • Tutor or offer a special talent on any other day of the week.

For more information contact Becky Taylor.

El Hogar

El Hogar Team 2016

El Hogar Team 2016

El Hogar provides a loving home and education in a Christian environment for abandoned, orphaned, and desperately poor children living in and around Tegucigalpa, Honduras. At El Hogar, nearly 250 boys and girls, ages 5 to 18 years old, receive an education and learn a marketable trade at four residential schools. Since 2010, All Saints has sent five mission teams to El Hogar. Our most recent trip was in July of 2016.

How to get involved:

  • Support the fundraising efforts of the mission team as it prepares for its trip
  • Join a mission team and go to Honduras for a week.

For more information contact Becky Taylor.

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