Serve & Make a Difference

As Christians, we believe service transforms us: it reveals what Christ-like compassion means, helps us become better individuals, and alleviates the suffering of those in need. Come volunteer with us today through one (or several!) of our ministry groups involved with outreach.

Family Promise: St. Gregory’s played a leadership role in establishing a Family Promise interfaith hospitality network in South Palm Beach County in 2008. Family Promise is a charitable organization composed of a network of host and sponsor faith communities of many religions and denominations. The program brings immediate but temporary shelter, meals, and support services to homeless families. The goal is to restore the families to long term self-sufficiency. For additional information about the network and to learn about how you might volunteer, please visit the Family Promise website or email Madonna Turner at madonnaturner@att.net

South Florida Haiti Project provides food, shelter, education, and much more to impoverished children and families in Haiti.

South Florida Haiti Project provides food, shelter, education, and much more to impoverished children and families in Haiti.

South Florida Haiti Project: St. Gregory’s began a ministry to Bondeau, Haiti, in 2000 that included education and housing. As the ministry grew, we invited others to join us in supporting Bondeau and renamed the ministry South Florida Haiti Project. Today South Florida Haiti Project is an adjunct charitable organization of St. Gregory’s Episcopal Church, and many other partners and donors have joined the ministry. The mission of South Florida Haiti Project is to improve the living conditions of the people of Bondeau, Haiti, by raising funds, providing in-kind gifts, sending volunteers for programs focused on creating a culture of brotherhood and spirituality in the Episcopal tradition, and providing clean water, basic education, health care, nutrition and shelter. You can support this amazing ministry through clothing donations, packing food to send to Haiti, financial contributions, and many other ways announced periodically through St. Gregory’s depending on the need. For more information about South Florida Haiti Project, contact David Gury at dgury@att.net.

 

The Holy Redeemer Feeding Ministry prepares bagged lunches for the needy.

The Holy Redeemer Feeding Ministry prepares bagged lunches for the needy.

Holy Redeemer Feeding Ministry: St. Gregory’s partners with Holy Redeemer Episcopal Church in Lake Worth to provide hot meals and bagged lunches once a month for homeless and impoverished community members. You and your family can participate in one or both of the meal preparations. Bagged lunches will be packed in Harris Hall at St. Gregory’s starting at 10 a.m. Then stop by Holy Redeemer at 3:30 p.m. to assist with set-up or at 4 p.m. to serve meals. Stay for as long or as little as you can! For more information, please call Marilyn Athey at 561-482-4099.

Environmental Committee: This group’s goals are to promote and protect natural resources and to foster and develop a love and awareness in others of the environment. To achieve these goals, the Environmental Committee encourages conservation through recycling, provides educational opportunities through field trips and speakers, writes monthly articles and participates in removing tons of trash annually from the roadways of Palm Beach County. They encourage reflection on living life in relation to God and the environment and to recommit to conserving natural resources by decreasing society’s carbon footprint. For more information, please contact Jim Miller at jim_d_miller@earthlink.net.

Fr. Andrew ministers to the homeless at St. Laurence Chapel.

Fr. Andrew ministers to the homeless at St. Laurence Chapel.

St. Laurence Chapel Feeding Ministry: St. Laurence Chapel, located in Pompano Beach, is an Episcopal mission for the homeless where people can take a shower and have an address (which is necessary for a job search). We collect new socks and underwear and personal hygiene products periodically. A member of our clergy celebrates a communion service on the first Sunday of the month. Volunteers prepare and serve a delicious “Sunday dinner” and pack a “to go” bag for about 60 people. New volunteers are always welcome. For more information, please contact the church office.

Brown Bag Sunday: On the third Sunday of each month, St. Gregory’s parishioners are encouraged to bring a brown bag filled with non-perishable food donations. This food is distributed to people in need in our congregation and local community. Any extra food is given to the feeding program at Holy Redeemer Episcopal Church in Lake Worth. Parishioners pick up brown bags on the second Sunday of the month, fill them during the week, and bring them to church on the following Sunday. Please call the church office for more information about Brown Bag Sunday. For more information, please contact Ron Knowlton, parish administrator, at rknowlton@st-gregorys.com

Love Boca Outreach Ministries (LBOM) Fourth Sunday Homeless Outreach Dinner: Volunteers (of all ages) meet on the fourth Sunday of each month to provide a hot meal, a time of connection and respite, and a welcome to evening worship for homeless and at-risk people in the community. The group’s inspiration is Matthew 25:40: “And the king will answer them, ‘Truly I tell you, just as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me.’” The monthly dinner, held at St. Gregory’s, is done in partnership with Love Boca Outreach Ministries. Contact Rose Driscoll, rdris1398@yahoo.com or Gena Vallee, reggie4774@yahoo.com

Migrant Ministry: St. Gregory’s Migrant Ministry assists migrant farm workers in South Florida. At Thanksgiving, the ministry provides turkeys for families in need. During the Christmas season, we place “migrant angels” on our donation Christmas tree so that people in our parish can provide gifts for migrant families. For more information, please contact the church office.

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