Outreach ministry is an important part of our mission at St. Matthew’s. We understand our call to reach out beyond the walls of our church and serve God’s people in need through out the larger community and the world. Many of our parishioners participate in our outreach projects, which include:
Angel Tree: Gift tags with wishes written by children of incarcerated parents are collected in early December. Parishioners shop for these special gifts, wrap them and often have the joy of delivering them.
Ashes-to- Go: Ashes are offered to shoppers in Liverpool on Ash Wednesday, making our faith and presence known to the community.
Center for New Americans/Interfaith Works: Annually we participate in a variety of outreach activities to welcome newly settled refugees and relocated persons. The oversight of the entire program is through Interfaith Works, and we participate in what they ask of us to the best of our ability.
Cold Weather Ministry: This ministry is an annual drive for both Vera House and the Samaritan Center. Hand-made or purchased mittens and head wear are donated to help stave off the effects of cold weather for victims of domestic violence and those who can not provide for themselves.
Elderwood: As part of the Liverpool ecumenical ministries, St. Matthew?s commits to provide Sunday services for one month a year to this nursing home and rehab center.
InterFaith Works Refugee Program: We support IFW with donations as needed, as well as with volunteer and financial support for the Run for Refugees.
The Open Table Free Community Meal: Held each month, typically on the last Sunday of the month from 4-6pm. All in the community are welcome!
Samaritan Center: Three to four times a year, St Matthew?s serves 150-200 guests at the Samaritan Center on North State Street. We are responsible for purchasing, cooking and serving the meals to individuals and families. We provide homemade desserts for each meal. We also donate the sandwiches made at MLK day of caring.
School Outreach: This includes the school supply drive before school begins and also the Thanksgiving basket collection that we have to give meals to families in need around the holiday.
Tuition for African Students [Children’s Fund]:Through a variety of fundraising efforts, our parish has provided funds for tuition and school materials, and continues to do so, for 2 students, one in the Ivory Coast and one in Senegal.
United Thank Offering: Currently we have participated in this activity once a year and are striving to increase it to twice a year.
Many of our outreach programs are funded by The Giving Boutique, a table set up on some Sundays and during certain events through the year, that is filled with homemade craft and other items. These items, donated by parishioners, are sold with full profit going to our outreach ministry. If you’re interested in donating items to The Giving Boutique, please contact Laurel Iavarone or Clinnie Poole.