Here are some of the ways we minister to the world OUTSIDE the church. To see a list of ministries INSIDE the church, CLICK HERE.
Code Purple Shelter on Icy Nights
Any time the wind-chill gets to 20ºF or colder, we open the church as a shelter from 4:00 to 9:00 p.m., after which time the Salvation Army opens and provides a place for those seeking shelter to sleep. Our guests are offered soup and sandwiches. At least one person from Friendship House provides supervision. CLICK HERE to learn more about our Code Purple ministry.
Angel Tree Gifts in Mid-December
The Community Advocacy Committee sponsors the Angel Tree project which provides Christmas gifts for families (mothers with children) who are residing in Friendship House’s transitional housing. As always, you can select a “gift angel” and purchase the gift indicated on the angel. Gift request angels are given out around Thanksgiving and the gifts themselves are due back two weeks later for distribution.
Sunday Breakfast Community at Christmas
Early every December we collect presents for our friends who attend Sunday breakfast. Gifts of a scarf, hat, warm gloves, socks, or toiletries are very much appreciated. 99% of our breakfast friends are male, so plan accordingly. (If your gift is for a woman, PLEASE mark the package prominently.) Note: The cost of each gift, individually wrapped or bagged, should total approximately $5 to $7 each.
When the winter and cold temperatures approach, our homeless friends need thermal underwear. In response, the Community Advocacy Committee has UNDEE SUNDAY every November. CLICK HERE to learn more about Undee Sunday.
IN THE SPRING
- Wilmington Garden Day is an annual tour of gardens and homes to benefit charities in Wilmington, Delaware.
- Wilmington Garden Day began as an Episcopal ministry of this church’s forebears.
Apostles in Mission (AIM)
Funds are regularly collected during worship services by our Community Advocacy committee to help people locally.
American Friends of the Episcopal Church in Sudan (AFRECS).
SsAM is a member church of AFRECS. Judi Gregory, a member of SsAM, took a six-month mission trip to Sudan in 2008 and serves on the AFRECS Board of Directors. CLICK HERE to visit the AFRECS website. In 2011, our AIM Fund offered support to a student at the Hope and Resurrection School in Southern Sudan.
United Thank Offering
This national program encourages prayers of thanksgiving while depositing spare change into little blue boxes that are then brought to church once a year. CLICK HERE to learn more about the United Thank Offering and the many ministries it funds.
Every Sunday members drop off non-perishable food items at the front of the church to support the St. Patrick’s Food Pantry.
Our church has an active partnership with Friendship House, a Christian ministry committed to making a difference in the lives of the homeless through hospitality, education, empowerment and community. The lower floor of our church building is dedicated to a Women’s Day Center, which is a drop-in center for women during the day. At night, that space becomes Andrew’s Place, where older men can find shelter, food and fellowship. For details, visit the Friendship House website.
Each Sunday morning between 6:30 to 8 a.m. seven local church communities, including SsAM, take turns preparing and serving a hot, healthy breakfast to people who are hungry. This ministry is also managed by Friendship House.
Community Chapel Program
Each Sunday morning at 8:00 a.m. SsAM hosts a nondenominational interactive service in the Chapel immediately following the Sunday Morning Breakfast Ministry. This service is especially designed to minister to the spiritual needs of those who attend the Sunday Morning Breakfast, but is open to everyone. This inspirational gathering includes hymns, prayers, a homily and the sharing of life experiences. Those who wish to participate in this ministry are invited to contact the church office.
Several meetings a week are held at SsAM.
Regal Heights Ministry
The fourth Sunday of each month, SsAM parishioners and ministers share their faith and love by assisting residents of this skilled nursing center at a Holy Communion service.
Our parish supports the worldwide outreach efforts of the Episcopal Church. We encourage you to visit the website of Episcopal Relief and Development.
FAITH Center and Lutheran Community Services
SsAM is a partner-in-mission with Lutheran Community Services, which includes FAITH Center, an effort started by one of our members, Retha Fisher. CLICK HERE to learn more about LCS and their effort to serve those in need in Wilmington, Delaware.
Providing Annual Grants
- Delaware Futures – this educational program is helping to prepare over one hundred disadvantaged students for college
- Friendship House – for support of the many programs for the homeless administered by Bill and Marcy Perkins and their staff.
- Sojourners’ Place – transitional housing program to help those recovering from drug or alcohol abuse.
- St. Michael’s School and Nursery – scholarships for children; the school gives out $30,000 per month in scholarship aid.