Service to Others

 

“Ministry is, first of all, receiving God’s blessing from those to whom we minister. What is this blessing? It is a glimpse of the face of God”. ~ Henri Nouwen

Here at St. James, we have many opportunities to experience exactly what Henri Nouwen is talking about:

The Bridge—Provides personal care items, food, and clothing to the poor and homeless that congregate under the highway overpass in Bridgeport.

The Lord’s Kitchen- As part of The Stratford Clergy Association, St. James prepares and serves a hot supper to the poor and homeless in our community once a month.

St James Food Pantry- Provides basic food to those in need. Our food pantry located in the Parish Center is stocked by the generous contributions of our faith community.

Prayer Shawl Ministry –Shawls are given from a place of compassion and caring. A handmade shawl embodies love, hope, and healing. We meet monthly and completed shawls are prayed over and blessed.

Gratitude Ministry—Focuses on personal calls to our parishioners to thank them for their time, energy, and resources.

St James Prison Ministry- Weekly visits are made to the Bridgeport Connecticut Correctional Facility to minister to inmates.

Thanksgiving Food Drive- Supports many groups, individuals, and other churches with food donated by our faith community.

Giving Tree—Done at Christmas time, this is the St. James way of providing the poor and needy with donations of gift cards to help brighten what might otherwise be a bleak time of year for many families

CONECT—Congregations Organized for a New Connecticut. This is an organization that helps to discover, research, analyze, and articulate a powerful moral voice to negotiate with business and government leaders regarding social, economic, and political issues that affect our members.

Merton House – Done four times a year, St. James volunteers meet to make lunches for the poor who come to The Thomas Merton Center in Bridgeport.

Mercy Learning Center - The Mercy Learning Center educates and empowers women who strive to break the cycles of illiteracy and poverty.

Disciples’ Way – This is a parish program inviting us to move our faith to the next level through Contemplation and Action.

PATH - As ministry for PARENTS of young and adult children with physical, developmental, emotional, or mental illness, our mission is to help one another open our hearts to the power of God’s endless love and support, as our children and their challenges invite us to be transformed

Ministry to the Sick and Homebound – Parishioners bring Eucharist to those who are unable to attend mass as a way for us to bring the love and compassion of Christ to others.

Faith Study Volunteer Opportunities