I don’t know what your destiny will be, but one thing I know: the only ones among you who will be really happy are those who will have sought and found how to serve.” Albert Schweitzer”
At St. Paul’s, there is a dedicated group who help to plan, coordinate, and lead the parish’s efforts in Outreach. This group is called the Outreach Commission and is led by Joyce Davis.
The Gathering Place
On the 2nd Wednesday of each month, The Gathering Place at St. Paul’s invite those with dementia or a similar cognitive impairment to share a fun filled day with us whilst their caregiver has well deserved time off. We do crafts, exercise, games, sing, talk, and provide lunch. We need lots of volunteers as this is a 1 to 1 ratio ministry to our care partners. We offer training and support for our volunteers.
The Beacon is a ministry to the homeless and is located at Christ Church Cathedral in downtown Houston. St. Paul’s goes there and helps prepare and serve a hot lunch, wash clothes, and helps in general for the up to 400 homeless men and women who attend daily. We offer either weekday or weekend dates. “The simple acknowledgement of their name brought smiles to their faces and dignity and hope to their voices” said a St. Paul’s volunteer. To be a part of a volunteer network which provides services that restore dignity, self-respect, and hope to the poor and homeless is a rewarding experience.
Each week St. Paul’s collects food in the Narthex which is donated and distributed by Katy Christian Ministries (KCM). KCM is an interfaith ministry addressing many needs in the Katy area. St. Paul’s participates by regularly collecting food. Look for monthly needs listed in the bulletin and weekly email.
Boys and Girls Country
Each year St. Paul’s sponsors a booth at the Boys and Girls Country Spring Fayre. Boys and Girls Country is a 501(c)3 which houses up to 88 at risk youth in family style cottages and who attend local Waller schools.
St. Paul’s outreach asks the parish to donate to three major collections during the year. The first one is during lent where the projects vary from year to year. Each summer, St. Paul’s collects school supplies for 40 low income families that attend local elementary schools in order to help them get the start they need for the school year. We work with the counsellors at Katy Elementary and Rhoads schools who give us the names of students. The third collection is during Advent season.
The Outreach Commission is excited to announce that our Christmas Collection will benefit one of our own parishioners. Caitlyn Devine, Carol Devine’s daughter lives at REACH, a residential home for adult women. Reach Inc. is a local, private, non-profit organization that’s been providing services to adults with developmental disabilities since 1974. Their mission is to empower the people they serve to attain their individual goals and aspirations. The organization is building a new duplex for the women, and St. Paul’s will be giving them Housewarming Gifts for Christmas. They are registered at Target under the name “Reach St. Paul”. The Outreach Commission is asking that you shop at Target and purchase something on the registry then bring it wrapped and labeled to church between now and December 16th. If you would rather purchase a gift card or give cash there will be envelopes in the Narthex to be placed in the collection plate. Click here to access the Registry and order online. When you go to Target, there will be a kiosk close to Guest Services to look up and print gift registries. Registry is listed as Reach St. Paul, Reach being the first name and St. Paul as the last name. If you have any questions, please call Joyce Davis at 832-725-6242 or the office.
This is a Katy based nonprofit health clinic for the uninsured. It’s not just low income families that don’t have health insurance these days and Katy’s Christ Clinic is helping fill a need that’s quickly growing. They also provide mental health services through the Krist Samaritan Counseling Center, and soon will begin offering help to Veterans. St Paul’s supports the fundraising efforts of the clinic and provides volunteer help when needed. Christ Clinic also receives very generous funding from the Episcopal Health Foundation. The Rev. Gill Keyworth currently serves on the Board of Directors for Christ Clinic.
Lord of the Streets
Twice a year we team with Christian Formation to have a Parish wide outreach opportunity. In 2018 we will pack over 800 lunches for Lord of the Streets. Since 1990, Lord of the Streets has welcomed and addressed the holistic needs of those who are homeless in Houston’s downtown and Mid-town. In 1993, Lord of the Streets was established as a special mission church of the Episcopal Diocese of Texas.
For more information please contact the office.