From the very beginning of our ministry in 1990, our congregation has had a huge heart for making a difference in the lives of those who are often disconnected from society and community. During our 25 years of ministry the main focus of our mission has been to welcome the stranger by offering help, hope, and compassion to all people. Our Community Ministries involve being a part of a cooperative of local congregations, providing our own ministries of outreach, and individuals who serve and lend a compassionate hand to those in need. Below are some of the ministries our congregation participates in as we reach out beyond the walls of our church building into our local community.
Family Promise of York County: Every three months, we open our church building for a week long ministry of feeding and housing homeless families with children. Each night during the week, our guests arrive for dinner and stay overnight. Congregational volunteers prepare and host nightly dinners and stay overnight to assist our guests.
Hunger Outreach Program (HOP): On the fourth Sunday of each month duirng the school year, our volunteers prepare over 200 meals which are delivered to the individuals and families on the HOP route. In August, we join together with other HOP congregations to provide food for a back to school picnic in the neighborhoods of the HOP families. We also collect school supplies for the children in August and presents for the families at Christmas time.
Prayer Shawl Ministry: During the year, several indivudals knit or crochet prayer shawls which are given to an area hospice for their patients and their families. The shawls become a way for those who are in the waining years of their life, to know that they are supported and loved. This ministry is truly a ministry of compassion and love to those whom we most often, never meet.
Dorothy Day Soup Kitchen: Every fourth Sunday of each month throughout the year, our volunteers provide food items for a compete spaghetti meal which are delivered to Dorothy Day Soup Kitchen, a community soup kitchen, located at St. Mary Catholic Church. Meals are provided at Dorothy Day Soup Kitchen six days a week.
Regional AIDS Interfaith Network (RAIN): RAIN is a cooperative of congregations and synagogues in the Charlotte Region which support individuals with AIDS or who are HIV positive. We have a "CarePartner," whom we have been supporting since 1995, offering medical assistance, financial assistance, support, and compassion.
Congregational Food Pantry: We have a Food Pantry at Epiphany which provides canned and staple foods for those residents of Rock Hill and York whose EBT cards are not suffiecient to feed their families. Food items are provided by members and friends of our congregation.
Community Thanksgiving Meals: At Thanksgiving our congregation provides "Turkeys for Families" for 25 families in our community. Individuals and families provide the menu items for the families to pick up, take home, and prepare their own Thanksgiving feast with family and friends.
Haven Men's Shelter: During the summer months, we provide a meal each month for the residents of the men's shelter. The prepared meal is taken to the shelter for the men to enjoy together.
Affirmation of York County: On a monthly basis and for other special events, we offer space for Affirmation of York County, a support group for members of the LGBTQ community, and their families, a place of welcome, support, and compassion.