Articles filed under "Outreach"
Yesterday I was able to join in the March for Life in Washington, a public witness to the sanctity of life, held annually to mark the anniversary of the Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision on abortion. It was a joy to go on the bus from Truro Church, joining with their chapter of Anglicans for Life and folks from a number of our churches. I was heartened to see both in our group and throughout the Mall that more and more young people—young adults, teens and families with young children—are standing for life.
On a hot summer day in 2009, Nar Taing, Local Outreach Coordinator at the Falls Church (TFC), pumped gas into her car at a Culmore area gas station, watching as a day laborer approached the man at the pump next to hers. To Nar’s surprise, the two men bowed their heads and started to pray together. After a few moments, the spontaneous prayer session ended and the day laborer went back to his post on the corner of the intersection. Moved, Nar asked the man at the pump how the day laborer had known to come to him for prayer? The man at the pump explained that at one time he had been on the streets too and was known to be a Christian. “Life on the street is very hard. That man is in a desperate time and just wanted someone to pray with him; He knew I would pray if he asked me.”
Each year in January, the outreach ministry at The Falls Church hosts an annual Week for the World event. As the outreach programs have grown in the past decade, so has this event! We are growing new ways for the church to learn about sharing Christ’s love with our neighbors. This annual event started off as a Sunday for the World program, then grew to a Weekend for the World event, and now is an annual full week of activities for the whole family focused on learning how we can reach out to our neighbors locally, nationally, and internationally.
Last week, we held our first Clergy Day as 60 of our priests and deacons gathered at The Falls Church. We began with the Eucharist and I preached on 2 Timothy 4:1-5, focusing on Paul’s two commands: “preach the Word” and “do the work of an evangelist.” We then spent all but the last hour of our time together sharing about the joys and challenges of our ministries in these two areas and praying for each one to be more effective in proclaiming the Gospel. (That’s the priority I’m hoping we’ll live out in this Diocese: give most of our time to the central work of our mission and let the business matters fill in as needed.)
The Rev. Richard Treacy at member church St. Brendan't in the City imported an Irish tradition of giving thanks to God for his bounty and provision during the fall season.
In early September, the Diocese of the Mid-Atlantic learned of a budding partnership between Kirsten Ball, a parishioner of Truro Church, and Angela Clark, a parishioner of Sacred Heart Church in Manassas. Through a connection via Pro-life Unity, the two began discussion and partnership to defend the sanctity of life through a mobile ultrasound and pregnancy resource center (PRC), considering strategic locations for the center at universities, abortion clinics and PRCs without ultrasound. Anglicans for Life, which Kirsten heads up, has supported the initiative, as well as Dan Steiner of Mission Pre-born in Indianapolis, which donated an RV and ultrasound to Angela in hopes that her ministry could hit the road. We are delighted to see the unity and support being built across the parishes and ministries involved. Below are excerpts from an article shared with permission from Katie Bahr of the Catholic Herald, who re
Over 4,300 children are alive today as a result of previous 40 Days for Life campaigns. When their mothers saw someone praying outside the abortion facility and holding a sign with a positive pro-life message, they changed their minds about getting an abortion and allowed their babies to live. They also spared themselves a lifetime of regret.
Church of the Holy Spirit’s Historic Faith Ministries was present at the 150th Anniversary of the Battle of Manassas Reenactment on July 24th, 2011 with a public worship service led by the Rev. Clancy Nixon, Senior Pastor at the Church of the Holy Spirit, Leesburg, Va. Clancy preached an 1862 style message to an audience of more than 230 people gathered in 93 degree heat at 7:30 Sunday morning under a large tent pitched near an encampment area by the battlefield. During his message Clancy said to the congregation several times, “It is hot now, but it might be hotter if you don’t know Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior.” The audience reacted with nods of approval and laughter.
In 2009, God spoke a new vision for VBS. He said, “Go and tell!” VBS was taken out from behind the church walls and held throughout the community. That first year there were 10 sites; last year there were 15; and this year, VBS is being hosted at 20 different sites (18 homes plus two homeless prevention shelters). Nearly 120 parishioners supported the sites and served more than 300 children, over 70% of whom were not members of the church.
On August 6, 2011, Central Union Mission and Mission Partners will be hosting Operation Backpack, an annual event where children in need, grades Pre-K through High School, are given backpacks filled with school supplies for the upcoming school year. Your help with the event will be instrumental in making it successful.
The fundraiser was an unbelievable success. Just over $200,000 was donated in cash and pledges for the purpose of building a primary school at St. Nicholas. An overwhelmed Tony Moscati exclaimed, “To God be the glory! We are thrilled to be building a school at St. Nicholas. The August 20 ground¬breaking that the Archbishop announced in faith will become a reality. We now have about 2/3 of the construction costs for Phase I of the school and every expectation that God will continue to provide.”
Mission Haiti 2011 is in the final days of getting ready to go and minister at the Lacroix New Testament Mission in Lacroix, Haiti which is found about 80 miles north of Port au Prince along National Road One. Founded by the Rev. Vaugelas Pierre and his wife Ermithe in 1980 the mission now feeds and educates 3,500 children in seven locations every school day.
Each year TFC sends several short-term mission teams (“Global Engagement Teams”) to countries around the world. Though these teams, we seek to be the hands, feet and lips of Jesus Christ as we travel to places off the beaten path, embrace people who others avoid, and lovingly share the Good News of Jesus Christ through our words and service with those who have not heard.
Restoration Ministries (RM) seeks to bring healing to men, women and children who are trapped in the slavery of sex trafficking and lead them into the freedom of Jesus Christ. RM is a member of the DC Task Force for Human Trafficking and International Christian Alliance on Prostitution (ICAP), as well as a member of the Christian Association of Youth Mentoring (CAYM). ADV member parish St. Brendan’s in the City is very supportive of RM’s work.
This past Super Bowl Sunday, February 6th 2011, Church of the Epiphany in Herndon Virginia participated in the Souper Bowl of Caring for their sixth year. The Souper Bowl of Caring is a national organization dedicated to supporting charities that feed the hungry and help the homeless across the nation and all over the globe. As of today, February 8, 2011, over five million dollars has been raised to help people in need.
St. Margaret’s hasn’t stopped at getting its free clinic operation up and running. The clinic has also turned into a catalyst for outreach. One example includes parishioners who contributed coats for patients, which are given out by the clinic staff as the need presents itself.
In particular, we are all invited—summoned, actually—to discover, through following Jesus, that this new world is indeed a place of justice, spirituality, relationship, and beauty, and that we are not only to enjoy it as such but to work at bringing it to birth on earth as in heaven. - N.T. Wright, Simply Christian One of the commitments that St. Brendan’s has held since our 2005 beginning is to give away for outreach purposes 30 percent of the tithes and offerings we receive. Although a small congregation, we are grateful to have met this commitment almost every year with the help of God, and the generous financial support of The Falls Church and other donors during our early years.
Our very own ADV Deacon, The Rev. John Nuzum (Associate Pastor, Church of the Holy Spirit in Leesburg, ACNA Diocese of the Holy Spirit), heads up the education arm of this ministry and is coordinating a short-term mission trip during Holy Week of 2011 (the week of April 17, 2011). Churches from Indiana, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Virginia serve the mission of Pastor Pierre and his wife, Ermithe.
St. Stephen's Anglican Church in Heathsville, VA will host the final in our three-part series: China: the Emerging Giant at 6:30pm on Friday, January 21st, 2011. Our speaker will be Dr. G. Wright Doyle, Senior Associate of the Global China Center in Charlottesville, VA. His subject will be "Christianity in China".
Christ the Saviour Anglican Church Partners with the Lorton Community Action Center to deliver for Christmas
ADV member parish St. Brendan's in the City recently participated in the Fannie Mae Help the Homeless Walkathon in Washington, DC.
Is your parish looking for a new way to engage the community in discussion about faith and a hearty meal? St. Stephen’s Anglican Church in Heathsville, Va. takes this unique approach to outreach in its community, pairing conversation and a meal over topics that raise awareness of Christianity in other parts of the world and how other faiths intersect.
When Rector Elijah White of The Church of Our Saviour – Oatlands met Mother Superior Clare in Fiji, the parish’s Third-World Scholarship Fund for educating young Anglicans in impoverished countries came to life. Mother Clare suggested 12-year old Anita for the program, who became the first child from St. Christopher’s Home for the orphaned to graduate from high school. Fulfilling Mother Clare’s assessment, she earned a coveted admission to the University of the South Pacific, the only one in the Islands, where The Church of Our Saviour paid for four years of education and she graduated well in her class. Anita then became the only Christian teacher in a Hindu Indian high school, where she bears quiet but unashamed witness to her Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.
In January 2009, St. Stephen’s Anglican Church launched its “Sharing Our Faith” seminar, which was intended as a low-key effort to provide our members with the tools they would need to spread the gospel to friends, family, and associates. At the end of that seminar, we promised everyone that we would develop a more pro-active community outreach program for all who felt led in that direction. In our two seasons, we have called on 323 homes and have been blessed with 152 visits. Read More.
In July, sixteen ADV members from Potomac Falls Anglican Church and Church of the Word set out on a week-long mission trip to the Dominican Republic. Organized through Orphanage Outreach, the trip gave them the opportunity to stay on the grounds of a boys’ orphanage in a town called Jaibon. Liz McCaslin, youth director at Church of the Word, and Amanda Holz, volunteer youth leader at Potomac Falls Anglican Church share their experience below.