Mission and Outreach
Let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart. Galatians 6:9
These are some of the ministries in which St. Stephen's reaches out to communities near and far:
Support for St. Andre Parish and School - St. Stephen's helps to support the Parish and School of St. Andre in Flande Haiti by sponsoring students and helping to pay teachers salaries. For an update on recent mission trip please see above ...
Dinners at the City Mission - On the third Friday of each month, the Mission and Outreach Committee at St. Stephen's spearheads a dinner for clients at the Capital City Rescue Mission in Albany. Parishioners contribute funds to buy the food, prep cooks work at the church's kitchen in the morning, and other volunteers cook and serve the dinners at the Mission.
Eucharist at Delmar Place, Good Samaritan Home, Van Allen Senior Apartments and the Beverwyck - each month our clergy gather with residents of local assisted living and nursing homes for a celebration of Holy Communion and fellowship.
Witness, Evangelism and New Member Ministry - for those who are excited about sharing the Good News of Jesus Christ, by sharing their individual experiences of the Lord and are also ready to share with and welcome visitors and new members to our parish family.
Appalachian Mission Trip - each year parishioners from St. Stephen's head down to Appalachia Virginia to provide services to those who are in need. Usually home rehab and spiritual fellowship.
Partners in Outreach - this is a group outreach effort comprising 5 local Episcopal congregations. Meetings are held monthly to determine local needs. Partners in Outreach helps man the St. Peter's Overflow Shelter during the winter months.
Safety Net Ministry - delivering clothes, food, blankets and toiletry items to those who call the streets of Albany 'home.' Please take a moment to read our blog at: safetynetministry.wordpress.com
Capital District Community Loan Fund - For over ten years, St. Stephen's has supported the Capital District Community Loan Fund, which makes low-interest loans available to people who would not otherwise qualify.