Our God, Our Communities, Our World
A Community of Giving
This congregation stands ready to be your church family, the people with whom you will share your journey of faith. This is the place and these are the people with whom you may seek to make sense of the issues of your life; your dreams, your faith, who you are, what you are to do, who God calls you to be. Join us and commit yourself to seek and serve Christ in union with our community of faith.
Our Relationship With God
Spiritual growth is one of our Core Values. We believe the whole of one’s life is a unique spiritual journey, continually shaping who we are as individuals and as a community of faith. Working on our inner life of faith is a necessary practice to keep it healthy and growing.We welcome you to explore your faith on a deeper level in the following ways
- Engaging Scripture (Bible Study)
- Sunday Forums
- EfM (Education for Ministry)
- COHI (Community of Hope International)
- Ignatian Spirituality group
- Celtic Spirituality group
- Racial Justice Dialogue Group
- Moms Bible study
- Faith & Film Nights
- Young Adult Network
- Common Table Theology
- Lent/Advent Quiet Days
- Newcomers Class
Connecting With Each Other
Oftentimes, you will hear members of St. Michael’s referring to our community as a parish family. In fact, one of the most popular monthly activities is our Family Dinner nights. We also have small groups that meet informally, such as the Men of St. Mike’s; Motherhood of Grace; Parents of Adolescents Support Group; Young Adult Group; Knitting Group; Family Camp and Hiking outings. Supportive and caring small groups in a large Church setting enable us to minister to each other.
Connecting to Our Community
We are a faith community that supports each other and our community in multiple ways. Whether it is helping the jobless through CareerSearchers; mentornig our parish and neighborhood children on Monday evenings during Homework Help; or providing food and meals to those who struggle with food insecurity, service to others is part of our Core Values.
The heroically — but misleadingly— named Midnight Marauders meet every Friday night at 9:00 p.m. to bring by car food donated by Whole Foods to St. Michael’s Parish House. The food is served at the next morning’s Saturday Kitchen. In 2019 we hauled about 300 big bags of bread and sweets and about 190 boxes of fruit and vegetables. We are always in need of helping hands and a set of wheels. You don’t have to be a member of St. Michael’s to serve. Find out more details and sign up by clicking the button below.
The Saturday Kitchen has served the poor and homeless since 1983. This feeding program serves a healthy and satisfying meal to over 250 people every Saturday morning at 10:00 am. We ask that younger volunteers be at least of high school age. If you would like to volunteer (Fridays 11:00 am – 1:00 pm or Saturdays 8:30 am – 11:00 am), contact John Avery at email@example.com or go straight to our sign-up page at Episcopal Charities. We’re adhering to strict health safety protocols at this time.
Pilgrim Resource Center
The Pilgrim Resource Center is open every Saturday morning from 10:00 -11:00 am Saturday morning in the Parish House Gray Lounge. The services provided include information on food pantries, soup kitchens, free clothing, drop-in-centers, shelters, family support, job training, alcohol and drug rehabilitation programs, and free legal assistance locations. Vouchers are regularly prepared for food pantries and letters of introduction are written upon request. A medical van is also available Saturday morning in conjunction with the Resource Center.
You are invited to join the Pilgrim Resource Center volunteers if you have served for at least a month in St. Michael’s Saturday Kitchen. No other prior experience is requested. Hands on training will be provided. You may speak to either Anne Stribling or Ginger Lief (inquire at Saturday Kitchen) if you are interested in participating in this on-going ministry of service and outreach to the wider community.
Homework Help provides free “kitchen table” homework help for students in grades K-5 every Monday evening from October through May. The program matches students with volunteers, and the pairs work together for an hour each week, primarily on school homework assignments. Although Homework Help focuses on academics, volunteers are encouraged to develop relationships with their students. Additional volunteers are always needed — people willing to commit an hour each week to a student, substitutes who can help once or twice a month, or administrators to help run the program. If you’re interested, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
We strive to reach out to the world beyond our blue doors
We strive to reach out to the world beyond our blue doors. We are constantly trying to find new ways to invite others—our neighbors and strangers—into our community. One way we do this is to make our space available to other groups and organizations who are making a difference and having a positive impact in the world.
Twelve Step Meetings
The following Twelve-Step recovery groups meet in St. Michael’s Parish House. While these groups are not affiliated with St. Michael’s, the parish supports their life-changing work of recovery. The groups meet here every week of the year–even on federal and religious holidays.
Alateen is a fellowship of young Al-Anon members, usually teenagers, whose lives have been affected by someone else’s drinking. Alateen groups are sponsored by Al-Anon members who help the group to stay on track. Alateen meets in the Gray Lounge every Saturday at 3:00 pm.
Connecting to the World
Our Reach Extends Globally as Well
St. Michael’s is a proud and grateful supporter of the New York Haiti Project.
In the midst of suffering and difficulty Haiti is full of faithful, hopeful people. The New York Haiti Project seeks to build bonds of affection between rural Haiti and New York through the Episcopal Church. The people of Martel, Haiti have asked us to help them build a school and a church for their community. They are actively working to transform their community, and we are being transformed too.