Our Outreach programs are an important facet of the Good Shepherd Episcopal Church. The prayer of St. Teresa of Avila reminds us that “Christ has no body now but yours, no hands or feet but yours.”
Listed below are several of the many projects that we support:
Greer Community Ministries: Good Shepherd was one of the founding churches of GCM. Their philosophy is that “no elderly, homebound, or disadvantaged person in the Greater Greer area will go hungry.” Each month we collect canned fruit and other food items for GCM emergency food program. We also collect toiletries to make “kits” of needed items for their food pantry and clothing closet clients. Throughout the year we help with their specific needs by providing backpacks and school supplies, underwear and socks, and warm weather clothing and shoes for the winter months.
Christmas Shoes for Kids: Christmas Shoes children are ages 6 months to 18 years and are selected by school counselors, social workers and the organization's team. The Greer based organization provides these needy children with a new pair of shoes, socks, toothbrush and toothpaste. Prior to Thanksgiving, Greenville County Schools provides a list a list of specific children who need shoes and socks. Each year we have been able to donate 50 shoe boxes or more. Each box contains shoes, socks, toothbrush, and toothpaste.
Washington Center: Traditionally, during the month of March, Good Shepherd partners with the Washington Center, a school for students with severe/profound intellectual disabilities from age 2 - 21. This year we collected over 150 pairs of shoes to donate to their courtyard renovation project which will make this school area accessible for their wheelchair bound population.
Relay For Life: For more than 35 years, communities across the world have come together to honor and remember loved ones and take action for lifesaving change. Each May some of our members form a team, The Good Shepherd Shoes. Their efforts support our local Relay For Life by raising funds for the American Cancer Society.
Alcoholics Anonymous: Alcoholics Anonymous is a fellowship of people who come together to solve their drinking problem. It doesn't cost anything to attend AA meetings. There are no age or educational requirements to participate. Membership is open to anyone who wants to do something about their drinking problem. AA's primary purpose is to help alcoholics to achieve sobriety. AA meets in Ballenger Hall at 7:00 PM on Monday and Thursday evenings.
If you have any new ideas for Outreach projects, or would like to be involved with our current projects, please check the information on the Outreach board in Ballenger Hall.