- About Us
The Outreach Committee meets on the second Monday of each month at 5 pm in the Zimmerman room on the second floor of the education wing. All are welcome.
Bearing witness to God's grace in the world can take may forms—none more selfless than sharing God's love with those who are in trouble, sorrow, sickness or any other adversity. Whether its growing fresh produce for the food pantry, collecting clothing and toys, offering a place to stay for homeless families or standing with those on the margins, we strive to respect the dignity of every human being.
In a recent article in Sojourners on the election of the first African-American woman to lead the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), author Robert Wilson-Black challenged readers to "follow the scent of mission." He wrote, "When intellectual dogma is the beating heart of faith communities, Christian unity may be unlikely. When the good news of Jesus for the poor proclaimed in the scriptures is central, Christian unity becomes more easily imagined if not easily achieved."
Although we do not generally think of "Christian unity" as a central goal of our parish outreach efforts, ecumenical and interfaith connections have been a fruit of our outreach in recent years.
We have ministered alongside other faith communities: Ecumenical Social Ministries (ESM), with the seven downtown historic churches; Interfaith Hospitality Network (IHN) congregations with most recently a boy scout troop from the Latter Day Saints and members of the Islamic Society; Lutheran Family Services in support of a refugee family.and at the Lord's Dinner at Sacred Heart Catholic Church with other Episcopal churches. We have been enriched by getting to know the neighbors with whom we have served, as well as by the neighbors we have served together.
Upcoming opportunities for service in partnership include support for the IHN Families staying here at the church beginning Sun., Sept. 24.
Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org, to learn about ongoing service to the poor and needy in our community, in partnership with other local faith communities. Or read more below.
Throughout the year, we serve our neighbors with our Community Partners, including
Ecumenical Social Ministries (ESM)
In August, more than 3,500 individuals were served by the ESM Food Pantry - an increase of 1,200 people compared to the same month last year. And it is not only the Food Pantry, every service has seen a significant increase.The additional need in the community, and the additional resources required to meet those needs, continues to stretch ESM's budget - sometimes beyond what that budget can bear. We are one of ESM's founding churches. We partner to serve the homeless and impoverished people of our downtown neighborhood. Their ministry and our ministry go hand.
For more information, please contact Marti Lindberg.
Family Promise/Interfaith Hospitality Network (IHN)
IHN's work to help families move from the street into a home of their own is a critical asset in our city—and our ability to host families for a week is a blessing to us.
Our next date of service, hosting families here, begins on Sun., Sept. 24. Please contact Marti Lindberg for more information on how you can help.
Grace in the Park
This ministry seeks to be a community-building and spiritually formative support for those in our neighborhood who are homeless or otherwise living on the margins. We go out each Sunday at 12:30 pm to be with folks on the streets in Antlers Park (on Sierra Madre behind the Antlers Hotel). Our conviction is that some of the greatest needs of the marginalized here in Colorado Springs too often aren't being met: Compassionate spiritual support; deep, meaningful community building; and direct experience of the love and depth of the Christian Way. So we strive to bring to our homeless brothers and sisters an experience of prayerful Christian community, real pastoral care, solidarity, and substantive spiritual formation. If this ministry is something you feel you might be called to, please contact Fr. Brendan.
Since 2014, this faithful (and fearless) group of gardeners have raised fresh produce for the food pantry at Ecumenical Social Ministries ESM). We've carved out a small -- and productive -- growing space here on campus, facing N. Tejon St. with raised beds and straw bales. In 2017, we expanded our efforts to welcome backyard gardeners to "plant a row" and began offering GSA (Grace-supported agriculture) markets after services on Sundays, sharing produce for donation. So far this summer, we've raised $375 for ESM, while supporting the food pantry with fresh produce between market days. Our next "market" day will be Sun., Aug. 20 after both services. For more information, please contact Susan Bassett.
The Lord's Dinner
Every Sunday of the year, several city churches team together to provide our less-than-fortunate citizens (many of them without a stable home) a hearty and nutritious dinner in a warm, friendly and welcoming environment at Sacred Heart Church on the west side.
The outreach committee has launched a project to provide warming candles for our homeless neighbors. The candles are made from metal cans filled with wax from used/unwanted candles and three wicks. They are part of the "giveaways" at the Lord's Supper where we help serve warm meals with parishioners from St. Michael's and St. Andrew's Episcopal Church once a month. The candles are the most sought-after items we provide; demand always exceeds the supply.
To help shift the balance, we're in need of used, no-longer-wanted candles and metal cans approximately 5-1/2" high and 4" around (think a 30 oz can of beans or a small coffee can). Please bring them to the parish hall; there will be a box near the glass doors clearly labeled. Please contact Martha deUlibarri with any questions and to learn more about how you can support the Lord's Dinner
TwoCor helps fill the gap of teaching, training, and supporting fatherless adolescent male youth in the Colorado Springs community by building bridges to mature adulthood through mentoring, work, and activities. We support TwoCor financially as well as through serving meals during Monday evening program when the youth gather for games, teaching, and study. For more information about Two-Cor, please contact Jim Hinkle.
Thrift House of the Episcopal Church Women
Owned by the three largest Episcopal churches in Colorado Springs, Chapel of Our Saviour, St. Michael's, and Grace and St. Stephen's, Thrift House has been re-selling gently used clothing, jewelry, household goods, and books to raise money to give to charity since 1958.
Grace and St. Stephen's currently needs to fill three openings: the last Monday of each month from 10 am-1pm, the last Tuesday of each month from either 10 am-1pm or 1-4 pm, and the last Wednesday of each month from 1-4 pm. Every hour we work translates into monies that we then distribute to support programs both here at Grace and St. Stephen's and throughout the community. Most recently, we've made donations to:
- Grace and St. Stephen's: bell choir needs, choir camp scholarships, Golden Threads/archives, the deacon's discretionary fund, and the hospitality fund.
- Our community: Ecumenical Social Ministries, Episcopal Relief and Development, Family Promise (Interfaith Hospitality Network), Homeward Pikes Peak, Kids In Need of Dentistry, Mission Medical, National Alliance for the Mentally Ill, Painted Paws for Veterans, Partners in Housing, Springs Rescue Mission, TESSA, Urban Peak, and Zach's Place (Special Kids, Special Families).
If you are a community service agency and would like to be considered for a Thrift House grant please click here for a downloadable application form,
It's tremendously fun and rewarding to volunteer at Thrift House! Contact Elizabeth Ferguson to become part of this important outreach.