Outreach, Justice, and Community Service
FOOD JUSTICE MINISTRY THIS CHRISTMAS
This Christmas 2017 we are sending food home for school children who qualify for the free and reduced lunch program, Be a Backpack Buddy by purchasing some groceries on the list and bringing it to church or to the office! Click here to purchase some items. We will pack food on Sunday, December 10 at 11:30a.m. (after the service). we will send food home for school children who qualify for free and reduced lunch program. Click here - more to come.
"WHATEVER YOU DO TO THE LEAST OF THESE YOU DO TO ME"
2017 HOLIDAY HYGIENE BAGS FOR THE HOMELESS - We will create hygiene bags for our homeless brothers and sisters at the emergency cold weather shelter so please bring all travel size toiletries and female hygiene products to church or to the office between now and December 17th.
SAINT GABRIEL'S CHRISTMAS ELVES
Saint Gabriel's partnered with the Arc of Loudoun Paxton Campus to provide six residents in a group home with Christmas gifts. Be a Christmas Elf to our neighbors by purchasing items from this list for our sisters and brothers. Please bring the gifts to church and help wrap them on December 3 or take them to the office.
CHRISTIAN JUSTICE ALL YEAR ROUND!
Christians are charged by Christ to love, serve, and do justice. That's not only a Christian responsibility, all religions of the world follow that universal command. The Gospel of Matthew (24:35-36) says, "For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.
St. Gabrielites follow Christ's charge close to the letter through our Christian Justice Ministries. We volunteer and collect food for the food insecure (Loudoun Hunger Relief, Grace to Go, Backpack Buddies). We provide clothing for those in need through Maggie's Closet and Mobile Hope. We serve those without homes at the Volunteers of American Shelter and the Loudoun Abused Women's Shelther, and we've supported LGBTQ+ teens through a local teen social and support group called Loudoun out Loud.
In December of 2015 St. Gabriel's launched its Spanish language worship service at St. James Episcopal Church (14 Cornwall St. NW) which helped broaden our identity of authentic inclusion. In addition to a Spanish language service at 3pm.
In the past year we initiated a ministry collaboration with DREAMER's Mom's of Northern Virginia: one is an ESL program for adults and a children's program that teaches Latino immigrant children to become fully bilingual as they learn to read and write in Spanish. In a collaborative effort with pro-bono attorneys, St. Gabriel's also offers free legal counseling services by appointment to Loudoun County residents.
CLASES DE ALFABETIZACIÓN PARA NIÑOS Y DE ESL PARA ADULTOS: Clases de alfabetización en español. Para más información envíe un correo electrónico a firstname.lastname@example.org, con el título, "Justicia Social: Alfabetización".
We are proud of our youth in action. Check out the video on the top right by Allie and her family. Allie has inspired her family with her commitment to feeding the hungry through St. Gabriel's ministry partnership with Loudoun Interfaith Relief. Allie, her sister and parents not only coordinate the pick up and delivery of our biweekly food collection, they even created the promotional video you can check out here! St. Gabriel's is proud! A picture paints a thousand words! Come join us as we serve those in need around our community and beyond!
St. Gabriel's Project Linus - The St. Gabriel's faith community makes warm, fuzzy, fleece blankets each December for for children ages 0-18 who are sick, traumatized, or otherwise in need. These blankets tell a child that St. Gabriel's cares. The blankets are distributed to children and their families through Loudoun County hospitals, cancer centers, homeless shelters, foster care homes, and Fire & Rescue teams. Project Linus is a multigenerational family service project. See the December calendar for specific information.
As children of God we take our Baptismal Covenant seriously by rubbing elbows with our neighbors in community events. The Ministry of Presence at St. Gabriel's means letting our neighbors know that we not only worship locally but that we are an integral part of our communiity. St. Gabrielite's can be found supporting and partnering with the Arc of Loudoun at Paxton Campus on a number of projects, raising funds to support Loudoun Cares, LAWS, and inviting budding musicians from the Catoctin School of Music to perform publicly with our congregation at different times of the year!
Our prayes and actions are part of our ministry of presence in the community and are indicative of St. Gabriel's response to God's urgent call to proclaim the Good News of Jesus Christ in this part of the kingdom as Christ's agents and missionaries.