Gathered in Love, transformed by Grace, sent to Serve
Outreach at Saint Philip’s is part of the “sent to serve” element of our mission. Serving people who are experiencing poverty or crisis is typically what “Outreach” means, and with care we seek to do that. We know that in “the other” we meet the face of Christ, so all that we do must be grounded in love and dignity.
In our Outreach projects our goal is to be guided by these principles, whatever we plan, do or start will be:
-Respect the dignity of anyone with who we might come in contact
-Prayerful, with a grounding in scripture and time for reflection
-Be based in relationship beyond a patron relationship that leads to charity being a one-direction relationship
-Look at underlying causes, tell the truth about structural inadequacies, and do what we as a community can do with our skills, connections, resources and inadequacies
-Be true to our abilities but leaving room for the Holy Spirit to stretch our capacity
-Takes racial and power dynamics seriously and takes steps to ensure fair and safe relationship
-Follow the tenets of Asset Based Community Development (this is a model of development that offers guideposts for any new project, large or small)
“The place that God calls you to is where your deep gladness and the world’s deep hunger meet.” - Buechner
As a Church we have particular gifts, skills, connections, and struggles. We must listen to the Holy Spirit to hear what we are called to do, we may be quickened and excited, or we may feel a deep peace when we are doing what we are called to do, but we must reflect on this together and reassess regularly. If you have any questions about vocation, personally, as a family, or as a Church, please contact Mtr. Taylor Devine, Curate for Outreach at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 520-299-6421 x44.
Saint Philip’s mission is the mission of God to redeem a broken world, and our mission on an individual and communal level is to gather, be transformed, and to serve our neighbor. Here are some examples of how Saint Philip’s parishioners are living out the calling to serve in particular ways in 2018 and 2019. Each Outreach Spotlight includes contact information for how to learn more, please feel free to ask any question regarding commitment, requirements, joys and outcomes, etc.
Christ has no hands in the world but ours — so we as the Body of Christ are called to carry word of his love, not only with our lips but in our lives. These many opportunities to make a difference are our chance to live into the Great Commandment — that we should love God with all of our heart and love our neighbors as ourselves. The Book of Common Prayer describes the duty of every Christian as working, praying, and giving for the spread of the Kingdom of God — a Kingdom of loving peace. We hope that you will look at these opportunities and consider how you might share with us as we strive to live into that duty to work for the Kingdom together.
To learn more about training, service opportunities, or mission and outreach at Saint Philip's, please contact Mother Taylor Devine by phone at 520.299.6421 or by clicking below.