Serving Our Neighbors
The Outreach Committee’s mission is to “Reach out to those who are in need, carrying out Christ’s work in our community and around the world.”
St. Michael’s has a long history of participation in outreach projects. Since our founding we have supported activities at home and abroad with monetary gifts and with the personal involvement of our parishioners. In this way we share the servant ministry of our Lord.
In addition, Outreach provides good fellowship, an opportunity to use our special gifts, and joyful satisfaction.
The goal of this ministry is to provide an organized plan and supporting resources and activities for learning and spiritual enrichment.
Current offerings include a book group, a Lenten series, Bible study, and labyrinth walks. This ministry also supports special worship services by assuring good communication, preparing any unique supplies needed for the service, and planning meals or refreshments to accompany the service. Members of this ministry team are both lay persons and clergy.
Spiritual Pathways also sponsors joy-filled events such as All Saints Celebration, Shrove Tuesday Mardi Gras and Pancake Supper, St. Patrick’s Corned Beef Feast, a Pentecost Potluck and outdoor summer services.
Members of Prayer Works! ministry meet weekly to pray for members of our community and the wider world. They maintain contact with the sick and homebound through cards, phone calls and visits. They distribute hand crafted prayer shawls that have been blessed during Sunday services, manage a loan closet of wheelchairs and walkers, and at Easter and Christmas distribute seasonal plants and flowers to homebound parishioners. They also send birthday cards to every parishioner.
Lay Eucharistic Visitors
We have a small but dedicated group of trained and licensed Lay Eucharistic Visitors who take communion to our homebound and hospitalized members. They also conduct a monthly Episcopal service at a neighboring long term care facility.
actively loving and serving our neighbors
- Preparing and serving a lunch at Spirit of Hope Soup Kitchen four times a year.
- Collecting non-perishable food items for Crossroads every Sunday.
- Participating with other Grosse Pointe Churches in Grosse Pointe Partners, working with Habitat Grosse Pointe Partners and other non-profit organizations to provide decent, affordable housing in the Greater Detroit Area.
- Providing a meal at Crossroads Soup Kitchen on the July Fourth weekend for as many as 800 guests, a project which involves over 30 St. Michael’s members.
- Participating in the Church World Service Group CROP WALK that raises funds to feed the hungry at home and around the world.
- Joining with Mariners Inn in their Adopt-a-Family celebration, where St. Michael’s members were able to provide Christmas gifts for eight families (40 individuals).
- Providing financial support to Crossroads, Mariners Inn and Episcopal Relief and Development.
- In addition to the committee’s activities, a gift from the Brown Fund was sent to Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem to further their work in the Middle East.