What we do - The goal of the Social Outreach Ministry is to improve the living conditions of those in need in our community, our country and throughout the world. Feeding the hungry, clothing those without adequate clothes, building homes for others, and sharing Christmas gifts to bring joy to underprivileged or neglected children are some of the tangible ways for each of us to love one another.
Why we do it - We believe that reaching out to our community and the world creates a better place to live for those less fortunate, while enhancing our experience of God. Jesus Christ taught that through opportunities to give, we grow and benefit greatly as we serve others.
Getting Involved - Holy Cross has a Social Outreach Ministry Team that plans and spearheads a number of outreach projects each year. The team heartily welcomes new members and new ideas on how to best help those in need.
Many of the outreach projects ask the entire congregation to donate needed items or time to help others. Outreach is a ministry in which all church members can participate by responding to the call for needed items.
Our Outreach Program
The Social Outreach Ministry leads the congregation in opportunities to provide for those less fortunate with food, clothing, shelter, and items to fulfill other basic human needs with projects such as the following:
**Child Evangelism Fellowship Christmas Blitz and Easter Blitz**
Holy Cross joins Child Evangelism Fellowship to share the Gospel with children across the Houston area during the Christmas and Easter seasons. Holy Cross members donate cupcakes for the children during these events. For more information, contact Linda Thompson at firstname.lastname@example.org.
**Lord of the Streets Ministry**
A team of Holy Cross adults and youth volunteer every ten weeks to serve breakfast to about 250 homeless men and women at Trinity Episcopal Church in downtown Houston as part of the Lord of the Streets Episcopal outreach ministry. This event is held in a secured and organized setting. Please contact Damian Hebert at email@example.com if you are interested in volunteering.
**Boxes to Our Troops**
Holy Cross follows the lead of many other Episcopal churches by encouraging people to donate items to put in care packages for our troops in Iraq and Afghanistan. Boxes of snacks, clothing items, recreational items, and personal care items have been sent to our troops.
**Mother's Day-Father's Day - Baby Bottle Boomerang in Support of the Pregnancy Resource Center of Fort Bend**
Members and friends are asked to take home a baby bottle from Holy Cross, fill it with a donation to the Pregnancy Resource Center, and return it to the church for distribution.
**Manna Bags for Those in Need**
Bags filled with food and toiletry items are assembled and sold at a very nominal cost to church members, who then distribute them to the homeless or hungry on the streets.
** Food-4-Kids Summer Food Drive**
During the summer months, some Fort Bend children do not have access to free school breakfast and lunch programs. Because of this, the East Fort Bend Human Needs Food Pantry has a great need for "kid-friendly" foods that require little or no preparation.
**Shared Dreams Partners in Education**
To help children and teens start the school year off right, Holy Cross supports Fort Bend ISD's Shared Dreams Clothing Program. The purpose of Shared Dreams is to provide adequate clothing and toiletries for FBISD students whose need has been determined by school nurses. One third of the district's students are defined as economically disadvantaged. Holy Cross fills bags with clothing and toiletries that are delivered to Fort Bend ISD for these students in need.
**Operation Christmas Child: The Power of a Simple Gift**
Millions of boys and girls around the globe live in difficult circumstances and are in need of hope. "The Power of a Simple Gift", sponsored by Samaritan's Purse and directed by Frank Graham, son of Billy Graham, shares the Good News of God's love with hurting children through the simplest of gifts - shoe boxes. Holy Cross families put together "shoe box" gifts filled with school supplies, small toys and personal care items, helping to introduce children to Jesus Christ. These shoe boxes are among those sent to children in poverty in over 100 countries.
** Christmas "Giving Tree"**
Christmas is a time of wonderful traditions, and one of our favorites at Holy Cross is the "giving" Christmas tree. Our giving focuses on abused and/or neglected children of Fort Bend County who currently are under the care of Children's Protective Services (CPS). Gifts from our "Giving Tree" are taken to the CPS Rainbow Room, an all-volunteer, charitable organization dedicated to helping Fort Bend infants, children and teens in crisis.
Come Alive This Sunday!...We Welcome All!
Worship at 10:00am
We would love to welcome you this Sunday at our Worship Service, beginning at 10:00am. We have programs for all ages and we know your family will like it here!
Join us after the service in the Gathering Space at our coffee and refreshments bar. We'd love to talk with you and get to know you.
Listen to the powerful Sunday messages on this website from Rev. Scott Thompson. Select "Podcasts" on the menu bar.
In addition, we have CDs available after our Worship Service if you'd like to share the sermon from that day with someone else or hear it again. Pass one to a friend!
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