Outreach & Missions
Serve In Outreach
As Christians we are called to "seek and serve Christ in all persons, loving our neighbor as ourselves. " St. Thomas' lives into this call by reaching out to our neighbors, far and near.
The St. Thomas' Food Pantry distributes food each week on Thursdays from 2:30 - 5:00 pm. Volunteers assist in procurement, organization, hospitality, and distribution. Contact Liz Pearce at email@example.com for information on volunteering and information about Gleaning from Food Lion.
CARITAS- For many years, individuals and families who found themselves homeless were housed and fed for one week a year at St. Thomas. CARITAS now has two shelters especially for this purpose, one in the old Phillip Morris plant at 2220 Stockton Street and another at 1532 High Street. These shelters enable the organization to house and care for many more. In addition, there is The Healing Place where men and women can receive services. Volunteers are needed to cook dinner meals for these residents and provide bag lunches for them. Because our congregation is small, we could join with another church in the area to fill some of these needs. Two shelter monitors are also needed from 4 pm to 12 pm. For each $ donated to CARITAS, they get $3.60 value. The goal of CARITAS is to move folks from homelessness to a permanent placement of their own. The organization now can receive donations of furniture, bedding, hygiene kits, cleaning supplies, dishes, pots and pans and other household items. They are also willing to pick these items up from your home. The Healing Place offers computer skill training for this needy population. If you would like to continue St. Thomas’s efforts to help the homeless and addicted in our area, please check out the CARITAS website and offer to volunteer. We at St. Thomas have always been the folks who pitch in and help wherever we can. For more information, call Que Jones at 804 887 1594.
City Jail Support is offered by donating magazines and paperback books to women and men in Richmond City Jail. In December, we also donate postage stamps, stationery, and Christmas cards as a way for jail residents to connect with loved ones they are separated from. Periodically we also collect underwear, toiletries, and socks. Contact Margaret Woody at 804-836-6166.
St. Thomas' Day School is one of our primary outreach ministries. Serving children ages 2 - 5 through a play curriculum, the Day School is a resource for children and families. For more information, contact Kelly Kane at 804-329-1117, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Micah Initiative is a tutoring and mentoring program aimed at Richmond City elementary school children. Started by Richmond Hill, it is supported by our community volunteers. You can find more on The Micah Initiative website to see how you can help or contact Landon Woody at 804-929-7243.
Stations of the Cross takes place in the afternoon on Good Friday. Together with other Northside Churches, St. Thomas' walks the Stations of the Cross and prays along a portion of Brookland Park Boulevard.
Concerned Northside Congregations partnering with Northside Congregations to offer fellowship, and pastoral care for our neighbors with severe mental and physical disabilities, who reside in group homes on Chamberlayne Avenue: The O’Brien Home, The Humphrey Home, and The Palace. Please contact Margaret Woody at 804-836-6166.
Autastic Avenues is for enriching learning through activities and stimulation for children with Autism. It is Saturday mornings, from 9:00 - Noon. Contact Kim Kacani for information.
In Sharing Space
Central Richmond Region of Diocese of VA: Clergy Gatherings. Contact Margaret Woody, St. Thomas' Delegate, at 804-836-6166 or Liz Pearce, St. Thomas' Alternate Delegate, at 804-321-9548.
Autastic Avenues: Supports Parents and Children with Autism. Contact Kim Kacani at 804-387-8886.
Capital Brass: A professional brass ensemble who we provide rehearsal space to on a weekly basis. Members have also performed for the parish during worship.
Impromptu RVA: A local community choir with whom we share a space for them to rehearse throughout the year. We have also hosted their fabulous concerts.
Girl Scouts: We currently host two meetings per month for Girl Scout Troop 43.
In Collecting Things to Share (Collection bins are in the Parish Hall Foyer)
Children's Books for the Food Pantry
Food Items for the Food Pantry
School Supplies for the YMCA Bright Beginnings
Toiletries for Food Pantry and Women in Richmond Justice Center
Coins for Outreach Loose change in the offering plate is collected for St. Thomas' Outreach ministries.