- 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.
- On Sat., July 8 and Sun., July 9, GSSE will again partner with Integrity (a national support group for LGBT Episcopalians and their allies) to host a booth during the Annual PrideFest weekend at America the Beautiful Park. We're looking for volunteers to staff our booth in two-hour slots each day. If you're interested in working a booth shift, contact Angela Seals; for more information please contact Bill Oliver.
- IHN/Family Promise News: Our next weeks to host families that are transitioning into permanent housing will be the weeks of Sept. 24 and Dec. 10. To learn more about the program and how you can help, please contact Lisa Noll or Marti Lindberg
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.
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.
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 David Buckley 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.