Outreach Ministries

ministries

T
he St. Paul’s Outreach Committee is a dynamic organization that focuses on social ministries at both the local and global levels. We encourage and support the outreach efforts of the church by providing a variety of hands-on outreach projects for the congregation to take part in. The financial commitment made by the Vestry sent a strong message about the importance of outreach within this church. We will continue to develop existing programs, while responding to any new projects brought forth to us by the congregation and others. To be a part of Outreach at St. Paul’s is to have a genuine understanding of the blessings bestowed through giving – both for those who receive and for those who give.

Find out more about the many Outreach Ministries at St. Paul’s below:

  • ADOPT-A-FAMILY MINISTRY

    St. Paul’s Outreach plans a yearly event of gift-giving to families in need.  In partnership with the school administrators from Peyton Forest Elementary and F.L. Stanton Elementary Schools, the AAF Committee works to identify targeted children with the greatest need in providing holiday cheer.  Students from our partner schools and their siblings are referred by their teachers and given a wish/needs list for completion.  Church members volunteer to fulfill the lists of the families and they donate wrapped gifts such as clothing, books, bikes and toys. Each attendee is served a hot lunch and the program includes the arrival of Santa and an interactive magic show.

    In everything I did, I showed you that by this kind of hard work we must help the weak, remembering the words the Lord Jesus himself said: “It is more blessed to give than to receive.” Acts 20:35

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  • MENTAL HEALTH COUNSELING MINISTRY

    In response to the growing need for mental health services within African-American communities, St. Paul’s is partnering with the Atlanta Counseling Group, LLC to provide professional counseling services to our community.  Dr. Anthony Granberry with The Atlanta Counseling Group provides counseling services through this ministry. In addition to being a Licensed Professional Counselor, Dr. Granberry also has a Doctor of Theology Degree in Pastoral Counseling and has served as a pastor.

    Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light. Matthew 11:28-30

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  • EDUCATION MINISTRY

    St. Paul’s currently partners with two elementary schools within the community: Peyton Forest and F.L. Stanton. There are a number of programs that occur throughout the school year that give St. Paul’s the opportunity to help both the students and faculty at these schools including:

    Back-to-School Supply Drive
    Providing school uniforms for students
    Participating as chaperones for individual field trips and school events
    Lunch-time tutoring for Kindergarten and 1st Graders
    Participating in Male Read-Ins
    Saturday tutoring session with Stanton Students and members of the EYC

    We will continue to provide speakers for special occasions like the Black History celebration, Career Day and the 5th Grade Recognition Program.

    St. Paul’s was excited to be a part of Peyton Forest’s acquisition of a KaBOOM! Playground. In addition to financial assistance, St. Paul’s also provided volunteers who assisted in the construction process.

    There are several volunteer opportunities available with this ministry. If you would like to obtain more information about the programs or become a volunteer, please contact the Education coordinators listed below.

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  • 365 FOOD PANTRY MINISTRY

    Our mission is to multiply our resources within the St. Paul’s Parish community to increase and access food for hungry individuals.  The food pantry is dedicated to meeting the needs of impoverished households with children, seniors and grandparents raising young children.

    The Food Pantry currently serves approximately 140 families each week.  Families sign-in to receive an average of 12 to 19 pounds of food.  In addition to food, the pantry has also been able to supply free clothing.  In 2012, the pantry provided food to approximately 6000 families.  The majority of our food is bought from the Atlanta Community Food Bank.  However, the parish community has provided food donations during our various drives.

    Every Thanksgiving the Pantry provides approximately 225 Thanksgiving baskets filled with an entire holiday meal to members of the community.

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  • GLOBAL MISSIONS MINISTRY

    The Global Missions team is comprised of  members  interested in serving global communities through mission trips, fundraising and promoting awareness of the needs of others outside of our  own  sphere.  Our principal mission country is Haiti, where in partnership with St. Bartholomew’s Episcopal,  Atlanta,  we   help  to educate 250 schoolchildren in the Bois Blanc and Montrouis communities. The team also  conducts annual medical missions, where they set-up a mobile clinic to provide medical care to more than  100  people  and  distribute hygiene kits and medicine.

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  • HUNGER WALK MINISTRY

    Every year St. Paul’s participates in the Atlanta Community Food Bank Hunger Walk. St. Paul’s typically has over 100 members who participate in this event. Each walker is encouraged to solicit sponsorship from friends and associates. All of the proceeds raised from this event are used to support Georgians who suffer from hunger and food insecurity. The Hunger Walk helps six local nonprofit organizations, including the Episcopal Charities Foundation. St. Paul’s continues to have the largest group from any congregation in the Diocese participate in this annual event.

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