Outreach to the Community
For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me,
I was in prison and you came to me.
Matthew 25 : 35-36
St. Barnabas has a long established commitment to community outreach. Feeding the hungry has been our signature ministry for some years. In 2019 the Outreach Commission was developed to support the ministries our parishioners feel most align with the mission of our parish. Our current mission includes continued support of the Saturday Food Market Program and continued support of Portland Rescue Mission and Shepherd's Door.
Please contact the Outreach Commission with questions on any of our outreach ministries or if you have an organization or idea you would like to propose. We are grateful to all those who contribute and volunteer to help others.
Portland Rescue Mission
St. Barnabas supports the Portland Rescue Mission by volunteering to serve meals at the Burnside Mission on a regular basis.
In addition to volunteering, the parish supports the Portland Rescue Mission throughout the year by collecting needed supplies such as coats, blankets, and hats.
Shepherd's Door is a residential treatment program for women and their children managed by Portland Rescue Mission. We support the program by planning, preparing and serving dinner to the residents ten times per year. In addition, volunteers may offer craft activities for the children. As women graduate from the year-long program, we provide graduation gifts to help them transition to life on their own.
Meeting monthly, Holy Hikes brings people together in the midst of creation to foster an encounter with the Sacred. We do this through local hikes in the Portland metro area which include readings form holy scripture, prayers, silence, conversation, and (if you feel so called) receiving the bread and wine of the Eucharist. For more information and to RVSP for an upcoming hike, go to holyhikesnworegon.com.