Holy Cross Anglican Church in Richmond shares their holiday spirit in tangible ways that make big impact in their community. As a “start-up” congregation made up of only about 30 regular attendees, their resources are necessarily somewhat limited, but they are making great contributions of time and commitment to their community. Their report below goes to show that a little contribution, given with a lot of spirit, goes a long way to create impact in the Kingdom of God on Earth.
By Jane Roach, Parish Administrator, Holy Cross Anglican Church
We are blessed to have a thriving partnership with The Giving Heart (www.thegivingheart.org), which serves those in need in the greater Richmond metropolitan area. This year, we are sending a modest amount to their Thanksgiving Feast Fund. One of our families is scheduled to work on Thanksgiving Day as table hosts at the Richmond Convention Center, where they serve over 3,000 homeless and / or lonely people. In preparation of this event, we have three women dedicated to work in food preparation the day before Thanksgiving. In addition, we are giving a modest amount to the Central Virginia Food Bank. We are grateful to feed the hearts and bodies of those in need through these important Richmond area ministries.
In addition, our congregation is donating new clothing and personal items to be used by The Giving Heart to stock their clothing closet and / or to fill small canvas bags that will be distributed to the needy at the feast. Our children are also participating by shopping together in advance to purchase small toys and personal items for children who attend the Thanksgiving Day meal hosted by The Giving Heart. We will fill bags and label them according to the recipient’s age and gender.
Finally, our children have a garden called Garden of Our Faith, which they plant and tend during the growing season and donate the fresh vegetables from it to a local food pantry. We have a piggy bank at church for parishioners to contribute their spare change each week so that the children have money to purchase supermarket fruits to supplement the veggies they grow. The folks at the food pantry are especially pleased to receive fresh foods, since most of their donations are canned goods.
We participate in several other projects throughout the year, not just at Thanksgiving and Christmas! We find all of these outreach programs to be very satisfying and meaningful to participate in, and we are grateful to God that we can help others in this way.