Living our faith out in the world
Community ministries are in integral part of life at St. Mary’s. Involvement with community ministries is an important way that we live out our baptismal covenant, both to “seek and serve Christ in all persons, loving our neighbors as ourselves,” and to “strive for justice and peace among all peoples and respect the dignity of every human being.” Below, we list a variety of ways that you can become engaged with community ministries at St. Mary’s, from direct engagement with community groups to fund raising and granting efforts. Please join us in this fulfilling and life-giving work!
Volunteers provide Spring Wreaths to recipients
St. Mary’s Justice Ministries
St. Mary’s has organized a very active Justice Ministries group. Please see the Justice Ministries page for more details.
Next Door Shelter Eucharists: worshiping with shelter residents
Food Basket and Travel Toiletries
Edward II: Preparing meals and building relationships with formerly homeless youths
COVIA (formerly Episcopal Senior Communities)
COVIA, formerly “Episcopal Senior Communities,” is a nonprofit organization that serves seniors in the community and at home. https://covia.org/services/social-call/
Many of St Mary’s parishioners have participated as volunteers at our monthly senior lunch and as a volunteer for “Social Call,” a friendly visitor program.
The “co” of Covia comes from our belief in the importance of community, of connection, of companionship, of compassion. We strive to address unmet needs of elders in providing emergency essential financial assistance, affordable nutritious produce at our markets, and links to critical assistance, affording seniors an improved quality of life, a sense of community, and the joy of knowing they are cared for. Covia hosts a produce market at Presidio Gate Apartments on the 1st and 3rd Thursdays at 10:00 a.m.
Volunteers are needed for our friendly visitor program (Social Call) in San Francisco and our free senior lunch held on the 4th Wednesday of each month at St Cyprian’s on Turk Street at Lyon.
For more information, contact Amy Brokering at firstname.lastname@example.org
To Be A Light
Evensong for Change is a way that you can participate in sharing the Light of Christ with the world. For each Evensong at The Episcopal Church of St. Mary the Virgin, we are partnering with a local non-profit that targets justice issues such as homelessness and assistance for at-risk women and youth. We will educate about the mission of each organization, and donate 100% of the plate collection toward each respective organization.
Below are the scheduled Evensongs and our partnering organizations.
September 20th, 2018 7:00 p.m.
Feast of St. Matthew, the Evangelist
Edward II: Edward II serves Transitional Aged Youth (TAY) aged 18-24 who are at risk of homelessness, including youth aging out of foster care.
October 18th, 2018 7:00 p.m.
Feast of St. Luke, the Evangelist
Sponsored by Elizabeth Gillespie Women in Music Fund
A Woman’s Place: A Woman’s Place (AWP) is the only 24-hour supportive residential services in San Francisco offering emergency shelter and long-term treatment programs to women and transgender women with special needs due to mental disabilities, sexual or domestic violence, drug and alcohol abuse, and HIV+/AIDS-related issues.
February 2nd, 2019, 6:00 p.m.
Feast of the Presentation
Braid Mission: Braid Mission is a non-profit organization whose intergenerational mentoring program is designed to support Bay Area youth who have experienced life in the foster care system.
March 21st, 2019 7:00 p.m.
Feast of the Annunciation (observed)
HOMEY: The mission of HOMEY is to transform the lives of high-risk youth and inspire them to not only choose a path of education, self-sufficiency and non-violence, but also strive towards physical, mental and emotional health. We do this through the youth development practices of skill building, relationship building, youth participation in decision-making, and community involvement.
June 1st, 2019 6:00 p.m.
Feast of the Visitation (observed)
St. Mary’s Youth Group Mission Trip: The St. Mary’s Youth Group is a place where our teens can find a safe place to grow as a community, and grow in their faith. Loving leaders and teens meet weekly for Christ-centered discussions and games. In addition, from time to time we participate in some kind of community service, from feeding the hungry in San Francisco, to traveling internationally on our annual Youth Mission Trip.
All Evensongs take place at The Episcopal Church of St. Mary the Virgin (2325 Union Street, San Francisco). For more information, contact Eric Choate, email@example.com.
God is calling us to be a light. Join us.
During the school year, our Sunday School classes love to prepare 100 sandwiches and fill lunch bags for the participants at Open Cathedral, held at the corner of Leavenworth and McAllister streets at 2:00 p.m. every Sunday of the year. St. Mary’s prepares lunches every third month and our children have this opportunity to learn about serving others while enjoying an educational team effort. This service is prepared and presided by one of the Priests from San Francisco Night Ministry, a valuable ministry that officially began in 1964. It is a blessing to attend this open air service. You will leave feeling awakened by God’s compassion and hope for a better life for everyone. To volunteer, contact Nancy at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Annual Fundraiser and Grant Program
Tidings of Comfort and Joy is an annual December event where St. Mary’s parishioners raise money for local nonprofits. Each year the congregation raises about $50,000. One-hundred percent of the funds raised goes directly to support grants to community organizations. Components of the fundraiser include the sale of holiday greens and baked goods and a benefactors’ celebration.
The St. Mary’s Grant Team reviews funding requests from local non-profits and allocates money from the annual Tidings of Comfort and Joy Fundraiser. Grant Team members also visit each community organization yearly to learn about the work they are doing and build relationships between the groups and St. Mary’s. Interested? Contact Laura Wharton, email@example.com or John Schlesinger, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Brainstorm – Art with Elders – All Saint’s Episcopal Church – Ecumenical House at SF State University – Family House – Gubbio Project – Oake’s Childen’s Center – Raphael House – Rebuilding Together SF – School for Deacons – SF CASA – SF Night Ministry – Sojourn Chaplaincy – St. Dorothy’s Rest Hospital Camps – Village Project
Rebuilding Together (Formerly Christmas in April): Renovating homes of vulnerable San Francisco residents
Rebuilding Together San Francisco provides home repair and renovation programs for low-income, elderly and disabled San Franciscans and for nonprofit and community facilities. St. Mary’s partners with St. James’ Episcopal Church to do construction work on a house or agency once a year on the last Saturday of April. Interested? Contact David Sullivan email@example.com. For more information, go to www.rebuildingtogethersf.org.
The Giving Tree: providing Christmas gifts for supportive housing residents
Youth Mission Trip
The Candlelight Concert Series
Interfaith Winter Shelter Dinner
In November or December, St. Mary’s joins other San Francisco parishes in partnership with the San Francisco Interfaith Council to host, cook, plan and serve a holiday meal to the homeless. It is a wonderful opportunity for families and single individuals, young and old, to minister with, serve and build community with homeless individuals and to discover that in giving we receive. We are exploring and hosting another winter shelter dinner in February and March. Clergy contact, Deacon Tim Smith, firstname.lastname@example.org.