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Outreach

Chair:  Moira Skinner

Vestry Liaison: Chuck Blanchard

 

OUR MISSION

Deepening faith and community by embodying and extending God's welcome, healing, justice and love and by following the command of Jesus to evangelize by acting while on this earth.  

OUR GROUNDING

Our mission finds its grounding in the words of Isaiah:

“Is not this the fast that I choose: to loose the bonds of injustice, to undo the thongs of the yoke, to let the oppressed go free, and to break every yoke?   Is it not to share your bread with the hungry, and bring the homeless poor into your house: when you see the naked, to cover them, and not to hide yourself from your own kin?”   Isaiah 58:6-7

OUR DIRECTION

We move outward to the local, national and international community and inward to the heart of the Church's calling.  We endeavor to respond to human need from the heart of Christian compassion by being the hands and feet of Christ in a sometimes broken world.  We recognize our calling both as individuals and as the Church to live in the world by ministering to its needs and contributing to the welfare of its citizens in ways that reflect God’s just and loving purposes for the world.

OUR INVITATION

We invite you to join us in making grace happen through dynamic partnership and action.  The Outreach Committee is open to all.  We want to hear from each parishioner on the course we should follow at St. Alban’s to implement our mission.

 

LOCAL OUTREACH OPPORTUNITIES

Annandale Christian Community for Action (ACCA)

ACCA is a non-profit alliance of 26 Annandale area churches (of which St. Alban’s was a founding member), which has been helping the needy in our immediate community since 1967.  ACCA was selected as "one of the best non-profits in the Washington, D.C. area" for 2009-2010 and was included in the 2009-2010 Catalog for Philanthropy.

 

Lockwood House and Elmwood House

Lockwood House and ELmwood House are two, low-income retirement homes, established through Fr. John Frizzell’s efforts in the 1980s. St. Alban’s volunteers have purchased, cooked, delivered, and served Thanksgiving dinner to residents every year since its founding. Many St. Alban’s parishioners are familiar with the name “Lockwood House,” and some people have even been there in connection with the Thanksgiving Day dinners our parish has been providing and serving to the residents for a score or more years. Click here for more information on how Lockwood House, and its neighbor Elmwood House, began and who is eligible to live there.

 

Bethany House

Bethany House provides temporary shelter for battered and abused spouses and their children. Before the start of school each year, St. Albans members contribute school supplies and equipment for the school-age children of Bethany House. In the winter we help make Christmas gift giving a reality for the adults and children by providing warm clothing items, toys and other Christmas gifts, as well as money and gift cards to enable Bethany House parents to purchase gifts for their children. We also make available food and supplies on an emergency basis.

 

Bailey's Crossroads Community Shelter

The Bailey's Crossroads Community Shelter is a 50-bed shelter for the homeless to which we provide financial support and donations of food and clothing. Bailey’s has consistently provided support to residents in their attempt to move into permanent housing.

 

The INOVA/St. Alban's Blood Drive

We all expect blood to be there for us, but barely a fraction of those who can give do. Yet sooner or later, virtually all of us will face a time of great vulnerability in which we will need blood, and that time is all too often unexpected. St. Alban’s, in conjunction with INOVA Hospital, hosts blood drives to save a life. Those who donate blood selflessly become the heroes of complete strangers.


MISSION AND OUTREACH TO THE GREATER COMMUNITY AND THE WORLD

St. Alban's is active in mission work nationally and internationally. Every year a mission team assembles to bring hope and friendship to abandoned and abused girls at Our Little Roses school in San Pedro Sula, Honduras. The team brings badly needed drugs and medicine as well as smiles, open arms and lot's of love for these girls at risk. The St. Alban's Youth Group also tries to go on mission every summer. The group has made the trek to the Mississippi Gulf Coast for several years to aid in Hurricane Katrina clean up and rebuilding work. The parish has also been active in supporting missionary work in Sudan and providing aid in the aftermath of the earthquakes in Haiti and Japan.