St. Thomas' Outreach Program
St. Thomas Outreach Program has always been an important part of our church ministry which provides varied benefits to our community. We have individual as well as team members that contribute a tremendous amount of time and expertise to various projects.
Some current news and reminders
from Donna Van Ness:
Your Outreach Commission has been very busy identifying needs in our community and seeking ways to address these needs. We have planned many projects for the year. Some are long-standing projects while some are new endeavors. All will require the participation of many parishioners if success is to be achieved.
Please look over the list below and let us know which projects you would like to help with. We need YOU!!
- Supervising the youth groups for their one-Sunday-a-month service at the Soup Kitchen. We would like to have eight adults make a commitment of three Sundays per year so that the three people who have been doing it every month for years can have a break.
- Fried Apple Pie sale at the Downtown festival in October.
- Community Thanksgiving Dinner.
- "Adopting" families at Christmas.
- Blessing of the animals on October 6.
- Habitat for Humanity (possibly joining with other churches to actually build a house).
- Help, Inc. (providing assistance in the form of supplies for Freedom House (battered women's shelter) and working with the staff to identify other needs).
- Assisting the Reidsville Outreach Center reach its full potential (including the addition of a homeless shelter).
See Tom Balsley or Donna Van Ness to pledge your time and talents to Christ's work in our community. We're going to do great things!!!
"The Rev. William Oldland of St. Thomas' Episcopal Church, Outreach Commission Chairwoman Betti Rhodes, right, and Dr. Tiffany Robertson of the Free Clinic of Reidsville and Vicinity check out new equipment purchased with a $3,300 donation from the church."
The Reidsville Review
Tuesday, February 27, 2001
"Dawn Stanley, right, chair of the Electric Systems, Inc. charity committee, presents a check to Bettie Rhodes, chair of the Outreach Fund at St. Thomas' Episcopal Church. The Rev. Bill Oldland, Roy Southard, project manager at ESI and Phillip Dalton, vice-president, look on."
The Reidsville Review
Sunday, October 22, 2000
Thanksgiving Community Dinner For the fourteenth consecutive year St. Thomas has opened the doors of the parish house and hosted a Thanksgiving dinner for anyone in Reidsville who wishes to participate. We usually serve around four hundred people, with one hundred and fifty to two hundred meals being carried to those who are home bound. Volunteers throughout the community, along with food donated by generous individuals and the Salvation Army, enable us to carry out this event.
Soup Kitchen The youth of St. Thomas, along with adult leaders, serve lunch at the Reidsville Soup Kitchen on the fourth Sunday of the month. We have been doing this for six years and feed thirty to forty people on each occasion.
Relay for Life For the past four years we have entered a team of ten walkers to raise needed funds for the American Cancer Society. Each year we have raised in excess of $1,000. We call ourselves the "St. Thomas Faith Heelers."
Scouts We have sponsored a Boy Scouting program at St. Thomas for over thirty years. This program has produced thirty-eight Eagle Scouts. The troop is active in projects throughout our community including Reidsville's annual clean-up (Project Clean Sweep) and the troop always helps with our Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper. Many former members of this troop have returned to serve as troop leaders.
Holy Week Services St. Thomas annually hosts the Good Friday service during Holy Week. Each weekday during Holy Week, the Reidsville downtown churches conduct a noonday worship service in which the entire community is invited. Approximately sixty to eighty people are in attendance.
Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper The Men's Club Sponsors this annual affair to raise funds for the upkeep of our building and grounds. We view this as an opportunity to invite our friends in the community to join us in fun and good food. Approximately three hundred people annually attend this event.
Antique Alley Festival In previous years we have had a "fried apple pie" booth to raise funds for our outreach projects at this annual downtown celebration. Church members join in to make the dough, cook the apples, and bake the pies. We have been fortunate to have raised and donated over $500.00 to the needs within our community.
Episcopal Day School St. Thomas sponsors a weekday preschool class of fifteen children and kindergarten class of eight. The staff includes two classroom teachers and a teacher's assistant. Each morning the children begin their day with a chapel service conducted by the staff and the rector. A scholarship fund has been set up for any student in need of financial assistance.
Individual Need Projects Last year we joined with a neighboring Methodist Church to repair a tornado-damaged roof of an elderly resident in Mayodan, NC. This year, we plan to do yard work for an elderly man who lives within walking distance of St. Thomas.
St. Thomas Parish House Our parish house continues to be a meeting center for many worthwhile activities outside our membership. Hospice, Boy Scouts, Community Watch, and Mothers of Multiples meet in our facility on a regular basis.
The Nancy P. Watt Outreach Fund The seed money for this fund was given by the children of Nancy Watt, a long-time member and former Senior Warden, to be used exclusively for outreach projects. The fund had grown to over $19,000. Interest and dividends from this fund have been used to support Camp Carefree, The Reidsville Free Clinic, The Battered Women's Shelter, Habitat, The Reidsville Soup Kitchen, and the Salvation Army.