As part of St. Paul’s vibrant community and Episcopal mission, the church has many special projects to better the community. Learn more about the church’s Community Groups, Among Friends, Community Service, Our Neighbor’s Table, and Twelve Step Programs.
Episcopal Relief & Development
Three Key Program Priorities
Episcopal Relief and Development facilitates healthier, more fulfilling lives in communities struggling with hunger, poverty, disaster, and disease. Its connection to Anglican partners and local communities on the ground allows it to work in places where few others remain for the long haul and to deliver life-improving results in innovative and unique ways. It collaborates with communities around the world to address thee life-changing priorities—women, children, and climate—creating authentic, lasting results that can be sustained by the communities themselves.
Women: work focuses on helping communities promote the rights of women and children and move toward the vision that everyone deserves a life free from violence in a society where they are treated with dignity and respect. Only then can communities truly heal and thrive.
Children: program supports and protects kids under age six so they reach appropriate health and developmental milestones. The focus on early development is foundational and critical to helping children achieve their full potential as future contributing members of their communities.
Climate-related work: ERD focuses on how families and communities can work together to adapt to the effects of rapidly changing weather patterns. This work includes preparing for and recovering from climate-influenced events such as floods, hurricanes, and other disasters.
Christmas Tree Project
Newburyport can be a cold place in the winter. St. Paul’s addresses this seasonal reality at Christmas by having a Christmas tree upon which it hangs mittens and hats and scarves which are then distributed through Pettingill house. The Pettingill ministry serves 9 Massachusetts cities and towns in our area. It supports and empowers children and families by providing education, comprehensive case management and basic needs, and by coordinating community supports to contribute to individual and family stabilization, personal growth, and development.
Christmas: A Time for Mittons and Gloves,
Stockings & Baskets
During Advent, people place mittons and gloves on the Christmas tree in the nave of the church which are later distributed to those in need. On the last Sunday of Advent, the young people gather to create Christmas stockings for those who attend our Among Friends feeding program. And then after church they make Christmas baskets filled with food for a Christmas dinner that is distributed through various community venues, including our Among Friends program.
Around the Christmas holidays, St. Paul’s collects pajamas for children who need warm sleeping wear in our community. The pajamas are then distributed through Emmaus House in Haverhill. Their website is www.emmausinc.org
Matching Grant for Children’s Formation
In 2019 one of our families stepped forward and anonymously offered St. Paul’s a $5000 matching grant for Christian Formation for Youth and Children. Through a series of Noisy Offerings, gifts from others interested in forming our children’s minds and spirits, and a substantial gift from yet another family within the parish, we were able to match this goal. This will help grow and educate our young people at St. Paul’s. We are thankful.
Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience.
(Colossians 3: 12)
The Way of Love
is a way of life
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