Serve The World
We have lots of ways to get involved and serve the world–there’s something for everyone.
The Prayer Shawl Ministry knits shawls that are given to people who need comfort or are celebrating a special event. Each shawl is blessed individually by the knitters and by the congregation in worship. Knitters of all skill levels are invited–including non-knitters, who will be shown how to make a prayer shawl.
- Wednesdays, 6:00-7:00pm, Fireside Room
The Dorcas Circle prepares tied quilts for at-risk babies. Two or three hundred quilts are blessed each year on “Quilt Sunday” and then distributed to St. Vincent’s Paths program, Rehabilitation Institute of SB, Los Niños in Lower West Side and Goleta, and the State Pre-K, Headstart, and Preschool programs at Harding School. Everyone is invited to join the quilters; no special skills are needed.
- Thursdays, 9:30am-12:00pm, Dorcas Room
We serve supper at Transition House, a place where families live and find support and solutions for homelessness. Everyone is invited to contribute funds or food; people over 18 are invited to help make next-day lunches and serve dinner at the shelter.
- 2nd Tuesday of each month, 5:30pm, 434 East Ortega Street
We serve lunch at the Community Kitchen at PATH Santa Barbara (formerly Casa Esperanza). We set up the serving line, then serve the noon meal. All adults are invited to participate.
- 3rd Monday of each month, 10:15, 816 Cacique Street
Our LGBT Outreach efforts include supporting the annual AIDS Walk, sponsoring a booth at the SB Pride Festival, hosting Spectrum and Trans* Youth meetings in our building, holding educational events about LGBT-related issues, and much more. Everyone is invited to share in planning and to participate in these activities.
Our Green Team helps us to live into our Faith Statement: “We honor the sacredness of creation by working to heal the earth and preserve its resources for future generations.” Everyone is invited to share in planning and to participate in “green” activities.
We support Freedom Warming Centers as one of the local churches that welcomes the homeless overnight when it rains or is very cold. Everyone is invited to prepare supper on our assigned nights.
We support Storyteller Children’s Center by renting our manse to them below the market rate and by providing meeting space in our building.
The Outreach Ministry oversees our social justice efforts and provides grants to local service agencies. 2015 grants were awarded to Casa Esperanza, Community Environmental Council, Foodbank of SB County, Mental Wellness Center, Pacific Pride Foundation, SB Neighborhood Clinics, Storyteller Children’s Center, Transition House, Unity Shoppe, and 2020:A Year Without War.