Reaching out to the community is a very important part of the life and work of St. Andrew's. From food assistance to visiting the sick, folks at St. Andrew's share God's love through service and outreach and live more fully into our baptismal covenant. Below are some of the outreach ministries going on at St. Andrew's.
Family Promise serves families with children who are homeless or at risk of homelessness, with the mission of helping homeless and low-income families achieve sustainable independence through a community-based response. St. Andrew's is one of the host congregations for Family Promise of Greater Concord, which is itself one of the affiliates of the nation-wide Family Promise program.
St. Andrew's participates by hosting up to four families who are homeless, four times a year. The families in the program live at the church for the week and are provided with beds, meals, other supplies, and company. The program also offers a day center which helps the families find affordable housing, work, and other forms of assistance to help them be lifted out of homelessness.
Check out this article on the impact Family Promise is already having in our area: http://www.concordmonitor.com/Articles/2016/03/From-Archives-1/FamilyPromise-cm-032216
Learn more about Family Promise of Greater Concord here: http://familypromiseofgreaterconcord.org/wp/
The "Got Lunch" program is a grassroots effort by the community of Hopkinton. It's goal is to provide lunches throughout the year to children, as well as older residents in need food assistance. Backpacks are sent home from school of Friday with food to make lunches on the weekends. During school vacations and the summer, the need is increased because the children do not have access to the subsidized school lunch program. Volunteers from St. Andrew's participate with other area churches in providing this ministry.
The Friendly kitchen
The Friendly Kitchen, located in Concord, seeks to provide a meal for the hungry in a warm and caring non-discriminating environment through the coordination of community volunteer resources. The Friendly Kitchen is run by volunteers who plan the menus, prepare, cook and serve the food, and wash the dishes. Most food served is donated through food drives, area businesses, the NH Food Bank, the Capital Regional Food Program, the Community Action Program, the Local Harvest CSA, and from the volunteer serving groups. St. Andrew's is one such group and serves every last Tuesday of the month.
Making your mark arts camp
Making Your Mark Arts Camp is an art enrichment camp for local children in 4th to 6th grade. Held at St. Andrew's during a week in the summer, 25 campers create original art work with the help of various artists who volunteer their time and expertise. Campers enjoy breakfast and lunch as well as learn chess, create a journal, and play games outside each day. The camp is aimed at children who for whom summer camp may not be available and is designed to be easy for working parents. Take a look at the photos from last year's camp here.
Red cross blood drive
Twice a year, St. Andrew's coordinates, and in conjunction with the First Congregational Church of Hopkinton hosts a blood drive with the America Red Cross. Our next drive will be May 16, 2018.
To learn more about Red Cross and their blood drives visit http://www.redcrossblood.org