Living Our Faith in the Community
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!
St. Mary’s Partners For Food Delivery with City Hope Community Center and Church in the Tenderloin
During the COVID 19 Shelter in Place directive, St. Mary’s Food Delivery Team is not able to make deliveries on Thursday mornings. Fortunately, our partner the SF/Marin Food Bank arranged with CITY HOPE’s volunteers to deliver food to our recipients temporarily until the SIP directive is lifted. St. Mary’s teams are grateful for this new partnership with City Hope and have sent thank-you videos to Rev. Paul Trudeau, City Hope’s co-director, for inclusion on their website.
Spring Gift Bags for Edward II
Gubbio Project Article with St. Mary’s Mention
This week, an article was written about the Gubbio Project detailing the extent of the good work taking place through the nonprofit. In the article, there is mention of St. Mary the Virgin and a quote by our own Rev. David Erickson!
You can read the full article on the SF Chronicle webpage HERE or read the PDF version of the article HERE.
Winter Shelter Dinners Ministry- Episcopal Impact Fund’s Approval of St. Mary’s Congregational Grant Request!
The Episcopal Impact Fund has notified us that their board has approved our grant request to help fund two winter shelter dinners for 75-100 homeless individuals each that we have committed to host during the upcoming winter season in partnership with the SF Interfaith Council. The first winter shelter dinner took place on Tuesday evening, November 26, 2019, and the other took place on Tuesday evening, January 14, 2020, at St. Mary’s Cathedral. As we’ve done in the past two years, we will partner with our neighboring church St. Vincent dePaul in hosting these dinners. We invite parishioners including families to help serve and share the Holy Spirit with our dinner guests! Please contact Ruth Tatum (email@example.com), Laura Akel (firstname.lastname@example.org), or Deacon Tim Smith (email@example.com) if you and/or your family are interested in ministering with the homeless on a upcoming compassionate and joyful occasion!
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.
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 email@example.com.
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, firstname.lastname@example.org or John Schlesinger, email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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 and January, 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. Clergy contact, Deacon Tim Smith, email@example.com.