OUTREACH

Outreach is vital to our parish. We proclaim our faith through deeds of love by the generous commitment of our time, energy, gifts, prayer, and financial support to make Christ known within our church, community, country and the world, as we become the people God has called us to be.

We fulfill our mission in five different ways: 

  • Financial donations

  • Giving trees" four times each year

  • Community service opportunities

  • Parishioner outreach

  • Youth outreach 

 

Financial Donations

Saint David's goal is to donate ten percent of our Total Operating Income to outreach opportunities.  Some of the agencies and organizations that we support in ongoing covenant relationships are:  The village of Decide in Haiti, the Kateri Medical Clinic in Nigeria, and A Sacred Place prison ministry here in Connecticut.  As well as financial assistance, we also support these agencies in prayer.

In addition, we give annual donations to many local charities and agencies, such as the Bishop's Fund for Children, Alliance for Living, Martin House, Mystic Area Shelter & Hospitality (M.A.S.H.), Thames River Family Program, TVCCA Shelter (Norwich), Covenant Shelter (New London), etc.

Internationally, we donate to Karen Emergency Relief Fund in Thailand, Church World Services, The USO, and The Episcopal Relief and Development Fund.

Giving Trees

We use "giving trees" four times each year to collect material goods from our generous parishioners to benefit several local agencies.  Some of the items collected are backpacks for children living in local shelters, clothing for the homeless, and household goods for needy veterans.

Community Service Opportunities

The last Tuesday of every month we provide and serve dinner at the New London Community Meal Center.  The second and third Sundays of each month we lead worship services at Groton Regency, a local nursing home.

We host an annual Christmas party at Norwich’s St. Vincent de Paul Place, for the children whose parents use the food pantry. For 21 years, we’ve held a Christmas Feast in our Parish Hall for anyone and everyone.  We prepare, serve, and/or deliver over 1200 meals on Christmas Day.

Parishioner Outreach

Once a year we hold the African Team Ministries Craft & Jewelry Sale, with proceeds returning to the African villages where the goods are made. In addition, the Good Friday Offering is donated to a foundation in Jerusalem, and we participate in the CROP Walk, Bishop's 5K for Kids, etc.

Youth Outreach

The youth of our church support a variety of good causes, like the Children’s Sabbath project, Easter Egg stuffing for the TVCCA Shelter, Souper Bowl Sunday collection, Heifer International, and more.

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Jesus said, whoever welcomes you, welcomes me, and whoever welcomes me, welcomes the God who sent me.
— Matthew 10:40