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“Come, you that are blessed by my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world; for I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you gave me clothing, I was sick and you took care of me, I was in prison and you visited me.”

Our Outreach Ministry embraces these words of Jesus. We not only provide financial support to programs but we offer lots of “hands-on” participation. We remind parishioners we are agents of God’s kingdom in our community and in the world.

Our outreach committee meets monthly to pray and coordinate ways to serve in our local community. For more information, contact committee chair Scott Darnell at scottdarnell@cox.net.

We are avidly engaged in mission and ministry among and with people in need. Our ministry partners include:

Here are some of our special projects.

BEACHcp

BEACH is a community partnership between citizens and faith, business, non-profit and city organizations who are working together in Bringing an End to All City Homelessness. It has been established as the umbrella organization that will assist agencies in coordinating services and enabling us to do the best we can for our homeless and at-risk citizens. A free light lunch will be served.

To learn more about BEACH Community Partnership visit www.beachcp.org. Contact Lou Ann Laurance for more information.

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Winter Shelter

Once cold weather sets in ESC joins with other community churches and organizations to host Winter Shelter. For one week we provide meals and a warm place to sleep for 65 homeless men and women in this cold time of the year. Thanks to the many volunteers who cook and serve meals, provide supplies, talents and donations and serve as a presence to those in need. To help with this year’s winter shelter, contact Worth Remick. To learn more about Winter Shelter, contact Scott Darnell at scottdarnell@cox.net for more information.

Foodie Friday

Foodie Friday is a ministry of Eastern Shore Chapel that hosts festive parties for the children and staff at Seton House Youth Shelters once a month.

Seton House Youth Shelter provides temporary housing, counseling and outreach services, 24 hours per day without charge, to youth in crisis throughout Hampton Roads, with the goal of reuniting families.

Eastern Shore Chapel started a partnership ministry with them in 2019. Jennifer Sieracki, the Executive Director of Seton House, came to speak at one of our WESC (Women of Eastern Shore Chapel) luncheon’s. She spoke of how the children were faced with many challenges there, but they all came together to eat dinner every night like family. We at Eastern Shore Chapel had just hosted a large party earlier that weekend that was full of decorations and wonderful homemade food and music for our own church family and were commenting about how “this joyful environment, if only we could give this to the world”. After listening to Jennifer’s talk, we asked her if we could try to bring some of this joyful environment to their community over at Seton. She spoke to the staff, and it started a wonderful partnership where we deliver a party to the kids and staff at Seton House, once a month.

In 2020 our ministry had to be placed temporarily on hold for a few months due to COVID concerns; however, we have successfully adapted so that we can continue to provide a joyful experience for the kids and some respite for the staff while ensuring we are cautious about everyone’s safety. In the past few months we hosted parties for Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas and Valentine’s Day.

Our original ministry had us cooking meals on-site at Seton, but now we have local restaurants preparing individual meals. Originally, we engaged in crafts and games with the kids hands-on, but now we are making pre-packaged craft bags and instructions that we pass to the staff for the children. We look forward to going again in person for dinner and crafts with the youth.

Despite Covid restrictions, Foodie Fridays are more appreciated than ever and give everyone at Seton some excitement when they see the day on the calendar. Foodie Friday, while adapted, continues to accomplish its mission, which is to bring joyful community to this place of temporary housing for God’s beloved children.

We are always looking for volunteers to come up with good pre-packaged craft or game activities for the children that would be in line with the themes of the evening. The children are aged 9-17 and we have both boys and girls. We could also always use suggestions for local restaurants that will pre-package approximately 20 meals that children would love. We can also always use your prayers for the ministry, the children and staff and Seton, and for all children that find themselves in challenging home situations and those who help them. If you have any questions or suggestions, please reach out to Allison Johnson at allisonward1@gmail.com or 410-596-0143. If you are interested in learning more about Seton House and what they do, please visit them at www.setonyouthshelters.org