Outreach


St. Thomas has a rich history of outreach and tradition of seeking opportunities for members of all ages within our parish community to help others in need.  In order to realize the outreach potential of our parish, we will strive to provide opportunities for both monetary and hands-on help at levels both large and small, with a balanced local, diocesan, national, and world focus.  We recognize the importance of outreach; when we reach out in service and love to others we strengthen our relationship to God. 


Outreach Opportunities

Sharing God’s Love with the World

Upcoming Mission Trips :

1) Dungannon, VA

Senior High Youth Mission Trip

For many years in the first week of August, senior high youth have spent a week in Appalachia, repairing substandard housing and helping those in need.  This coming summer, St. Thomas’ will once again participate in this important outreach ministry.  Teaming up with other parishes in Region V, youth/adult chaperones from our church will serve Christ by serving others.  Our folks will stay in an old sewing factory while they are doing mission work in Dungannon.  In the past, participants built wheelchair ramps and decks, removed and installed flooring, installed doors, spackled and painted, and removed and installed bathroom fixtures. See what we've done in previous years here.


2) Les Cayes, Haiti

We will continue to build our relationships with Ascension Church in Beraud and the Bishop Tharp Institute this summer. In July a small group of adults will travel to Les Cayes for a week to hold a Vacation Bible Camp for the children of Ascension at the Bishop Tharp Institute with the support of several college students from BTI. This is a wonderful opportunity for us to share in Jesus' love as we all form a community together. Learn about our initial trip to Haiti here and here.



 

Ministry with Youth:


Alternative House—Fourth Sunday of the Month

 

On the third Sunday of each month, a family or small group from our parish prepare and have dinner with residents at Alternative House--an emergency shelter for abused and homeless teens located near Tyson's Corner.   This ministry offers a great opportunity for fellowship with teens that are struggling with difficult circumstances.  If you are interested in participating in this ministry, please email Mary Beth at stthom1assistant@cox.net.


Agencies to which we donate items/money:

SHARE, McLean – This charity operates a food pantry and clothes closet out of the McLean Baptist Church serving needy local residents.    Members of St. Thomas donate food and paper goods items throughout the year and transport them to SHARE regularly.  Furniture is also accepted.  There are also special collections at Thanksgiving and Toys and other gifts at Christmas. 

Falls Church/McLean Children’s Center – This center provides affordable quality childcare, especially for low-income working families with children having special needs.  Various supplies are also collected and donated to needy families and the church makes a financial contribution.  Volunteers may help by reading to children, helping maintain the playground, painting, etc.  www.fcmlcc.org

FACETS Hypothermia Program – This program (www.FacetsCares.org) shelters and feeds approximately 60-80 individuals nightly from December – March with the goal of preventing hypothermia related deaths during the winter months.  In 2006, St. Thomas made its first grant to FACETS for the purchase of heavy-duty boots and socks, winter hats, long-john winter underwear, and scarves.  The items will be distributed to homeless clients who must face the hardship of winter without shelter. 


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