Outreach is one of the most important things we do at St. Elizabeth’s. Our outreach ministries are grounded in our faith:
“For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you gave me clothing, I was sick and you took care of me, I was in prison and you visited me.” – Matthew 25:35-36
Our many different outreach ministries are coordinated by our Outreach Council. This group plans, coordinates, and finds new ways for St. Elizabeth’s to help give back and serve our neighbors, just like Christ commanded us to do. Below you will see some of our many outreach ministries here at St. E’s.
Gift of the Month
Every month our Outreach Ministry collects items and donates them to a local charity. Parishioners are asked to bring in the items to further our reach to those in need in our community. Past examples of the Gift of the Month include …….
To find out what the Gift of the Month is for the current month, check out Crossties Newsletter.
St. Elizabeth’s works with Family Promise to keep homeless and low-income families out of shelters as they work to achieve sustainable independence. Each day family members go to school, work or look for work, and each evening they go to the church for meals, fellowship, and a safe place for children and their families to sleep. St. Elizabeth’s is a support church serving families when they are housed at First Farragut Methodist.
To learn more, visit Family Promise of Knoxville.
St. Elizabeth’s community garden provides fresh produce for local food pantries and food for anyone who is hungry. The garden is located on the west side of the church near the parking lot and next to the labyrinth.
If you are interested in working together to help others, please contact Mary Berl for more information.
FISH Food Pantries
St. Elizabeth’s works in conjunction with FISH to provide food to Knoxvillians in need. St. Elizabeth’s takes calls for Food Deliveries the second Wednesday of each month, and every February we work in conjunction with other churches to stock the pantry. Additionally, FISH Christmas Cards are sold every year with the price of each card being used to feed a family of four for three days
To learn more, visit FISH Hospitality Pantries
Volunteer Ministry Center
Since 1987, The Volunteer Ministry Center has worked to restore the dignity and sense of pride to the homeless and lower income citizens of Knoxville. VMC programs go beyond meeting the basic needs of food and shelter by helping individuals identify and overcome their problems while setting goals to make life changes. However, people can’t make life changes on an empty stomach.
Since it’s beginning, St. Elizabeth’s church has been instrumental in feeding program held in the VMC day room. We have two teams that meet once per month to prepare, transport and serve lunch at VMC.
To learn more, visit the VMC website.
Each year during the months of November and December, St. Elizabeth’s comes together to provide a better Christmas for several low income families and homeless teens through our Angel Tree. Families are chosen by case managers at Homeward Bound, a homeless and homeless prevention program at Community Action Committee and from staff at Vine Middle School, one of the lowest income communities in our county. Each child receives 3 gifts, each adult in the home one gift. They also receive stockings, a Kroger gift card and a basket of household supplies.
Farragut Greenway Trail
The Greenway Trail Cleanup is a commitment by St. Elizabeth’s to the people of Farragut to help maintain the trail that goes from the Village Green trail entrance, behind Farragut Primary School and across Grigsby Chapel for a short distance. We schedule the garbage cleanup quarterly, and it takes from 1 to 1.5 hours. It is primarily a youth project as a fun and easy way to get our youngest members involved in serving our community. In fact, St. Elizabeth Youth is given credit at trail entrance. However, any age is welcome and each trip finds all ages participating.
Members of St. Elizabeth’s are Knitting for the Homeless and low-income families. We have people who will be pleased to teach you how to knit, and we have supplies available. Some people also give crocheted items. We have made scarves,hats and baby blankets. People outside our church members have also donated. Organizations who have used our offerings have included Family Promise, Volunteer Ministry Center, Community Action Committee’s Homeward Bound Program and the Helen Ross McNabb family program.