Outreach at St. Alban's
St. Alban’s Outreach is an integral part of our mission: “to extend God’s gracious love and compassion to each other and to the community by…upholding social justice… [and] serving those in need…” Outreach is one of St. Alban’s strategic priorities, as determined by St. Alban’s congregation and confirmed by St. Alban’s Vestry. Our Outreach vision is that everyone will be able to engage in a meaningful and transformational outreach experience in the community or the world, as part of their call to share God’s love.
The Scriptural bases for our work can be found in Matthew 25:40—“For as long as you did it to one of the least of these, my family, you did it to Me,” But more importantly, we’re rooted in Jesus’s words in John’s Gospel, commanding us to “Love one another, as I have loved you.” We believe that all are our neighbors, and our relationship with our neighbors must be one of mutual respect and support—including the giving and acceptance of assistance when needed!
St. Alban’s Outreach, including the Outreach Team and congregation, work hard to make sure that God’s gracious love is shared far and wide. Over time, this has meant working in venues including Bay St. Louis and Waveland, El Salvador, South Africa, Bulgaria, and especially with our Companion Diocese of Costa Rica. It’s also meant working in Mooresville, Davidson, Cornelius, Huntersville, and Charlotte (with Galilee Ministries of East Charlotte). We also ensure that our outreach ministries are empowering, uplifting, and aimed at fostering self-sufficiency, while ensuring that basic human needs are met. We encourage hands-on ministry wherever possible, and partner with or provide financial support through recognized and vetted service organizations when that is most effective. We are moving ever more closely to a model of “doing with” rather than “doing for,” and are striving to address the root causes of hunger, poverty, and homelessness in addition to meeting immediate needs.
We are not a large congregation, but we have a HUGE heart. So through the goodness of our members, and their generosity with time, talent, and treasure, we have been able to have a HUGE impact. Below is a quick list of our ministries during 2017-2018—it literally spans the globe, but focuses mostly on needs in our own backyard!
To find out more about any of these ministries, or to sign up to help with them, please contact Elaine Carmann, Outreach Team Leader, at CaldwellLnLady2618@gmail.com, or Deacon Rebecca at Rebecca@saintalbansdavidson.org. They will be in touch with you via e-mail to talk with you more about it, and to let you know what’s needed and how you can help. And if you want to be part of the St. Alban’s Outreach Team (which usually meets on the 4th Thursday of every month at 7:00 PM; check the Church Calendar for details), please contact Elaine. We’d love to have you!
And..ALL ARE WELCOME! You don’t have to be a member, you don’t have to be an Episcopalian, you don’t have to be a Christian—we welcome you to come join us in helping to make God’s love real to a world desperately in need of it (and having a good time with us while we do it)!