MISSION & OUTREACH
The essence of Mission & Outreach activities at St. Benedict's parish is to share the love of God in Christ with those who are in need. Love becomes sacramental when it is experienced through the physical, tangible, expressions of giving food, offering books or supplies, helping to pick weeds from a playground, and offering a helping hand to someone who is in need.
Path To Shine®
Path To Shine® is a unique after-school mentoring and tutoring program for at-risk and under-served children. The purpose is to encourage children to stay in school until they graduate by partnering with faith communities to provide the academic support necessary for elementary students to develop good academic skills and the self-confidence needed to find their own "path to shine."
St. Benedict's supports two Path to Shine programs, one on Sunday's in the parish hall and another at Olive Springs Baptist Church.
Contact: Lesley-Ann Drake to get involved.
Holy Comforter Friendship Center
St. Benedict's serves dinner to the clients of the Holy Comforter Friendship center, a mission of the Diocese of Atlanta, which is an inclusive community that promotes the mental, physical, and spiritual wellbeing of adults marginalized by mental health challenges and by poverty.
Community is very important at the Friendship Center. A majority of Friendship Center participants live in personal care homes and the Friendship Center provides sense of purpose and community by being a safe place for them to enjoy. 2019 Dates are March 13, June 12 and Dec 4.
Church of the Common Ground
Join hands, break bread and raise your voice (above the street noise, please) with a hungry church community on the streets of Atlanta. St. Benedict’s supports Church of the Common Ground, a mission parish of the Diocese of Atlanta, several times a year by joining the eucharistic worship service on scheduled Sundays at 1:00 PM in Woodruff Park and by bringing simple lunches with the purpose of providing physical sustenance to COCG participants. Volunteers are needed to provide lunches (sandwiches, chips, water, fruit), or visit with us during the worship service. Donations of socks, coats and gently-used sneakers are also needed.
You are invited to join this ministry. Contact: Taylor Stukes
El Refugio is a hospitality ministry, welcoming families and friends of the over 1800 men detained at Stewart Detention Center in Lumpkin, GA. El Refugio offers overnight shelter for families who have traveled great distances to have a short visit with their loved one in Stewart. El Refugio serves meals, distributes gas cards, and other helpful items to the people they serve. The ministry sponsors a visitation program so that other caring people besides the family can provide comfort and support to an immigrant who is being detained. El Refugio is also able to provide funding for books and magazines for the detainees, as well as a a new set of clothing when someone is released or deported, usually after about 2 years of incarceration. It is a ministry that follows the way of Jesus, by welcoming the stranger--the Way of Love.
You are invited to join this ministry. Contact: Edith Woodling