Missions & Outreach at St. Mary's Church
As Christians, we are committed to God's command to care for our neighbors, and to do what we can to promote justice, peace, health, and dignity in the communities around us. Saint Mary's does this in several ways, and we're always looking for more ways to help!
| Cooperative Christian Ministry (CCM)
We give a monthly contribution to CCM, a non-profit service agency run by a coalition of churches. CCM gives food, clothing, household items, help with utilities, and medicine to persons in need, who live in the 40965 zip code. Parishioners also pick up bread products weekly from a local grocery store and food once a year from God's Pantry, a Lexington, Kentucky based food bank.
2124 Cumberland Avenue
Middlesboro, Kentucky 40965
| Reading Camp
At the Diocesan level, we support the annual DioLex Reading Camp program at Pine Mountain Settlement School in Harlan, a camp for delayed readers, who have completed 3rd or 4th grade, by recruiting eligible campers from the local school system, raising money to cover camp costs through special collections and donations, transporting campers to the camp and volunteering at camp. For more information about Reading Camp, go to https://readingcamprocks.org/.
Reading Camp 2016 Dates: 10-16 July 2016
St. Mary's Reading Camp Co-Directors, Martha Wiley (Vestry Class 2018) and Deb Obermann.
| Christmas Box Project
Every December we team up with Bell-Whitley Community Action Agency of Pineville, Kentucky and organize and distribute food parcels for over 40 families in our county, and wrap, box, and deliver Christmas presents for the children in those families. Learn more here.
Christmas Box Project 2016 Dates: TBA
| Repair Affair
Every spring, St. Mary's organizes a team to assist in Repair Affair, a project of the Bell-Whitley Community Action Agency. Repair Affair sends teams of workers to the homes of elderly and disabled members of our community to do maintenance and repair work on their houses.
A SPECIAL FALL 2016 REPAIR AFFAIR PROJECT: Stay tuned for more information on an upcoming repair affair event in September. For inquiries and information, contact Junior Warden, Jim Frodge (firstname.lastname@example.org)
| St. Mary's Community Playground:
A Safe Place for Little Saints
Neighborhood children were playing on refuse piles within sight of St. Mary's. Through grants and donations, we were able to raise $15,000 for a community playground on the West side of the church. Children from the Health Department located across the parking lot of the church also use the playground, which gives them something to look forward to after they get their shots (ouch!)