Ministry & Mission in the Days of the COVID-19 Pandemic
[Screenshot from a video on the St. Mark's, Harvey Facebook page] Cars lined up outside St. Mark's in late April as people waited for the St. Mark's food pantry to open.
The COVID-19 pandemic brought about immediate unprecedented changes across our globe. The need for assistance became abundantly clear in just a matter of days following the stay-at-home order issued by our local and state government. Here are some of the ways our churches and schools are reaching out in love to assist the community around them.
Christ Church, Covington, is an official collection drop-off site and parishioners are donating food to the Northshore Food Bank. Healthy parishioners have also volunteered as errand angels to assist those in the Northshore area who are unable to leave their homes. Father Winston Rice through his maritime pastoral ministry has been providing meals to those serving on the front line at St. Tammany Parish Hospital.
Christ Church, Slidell, has continued their ministry to Family Promise. Parishioners are cooking meals for families sheltering in place.
St. Anna's, New Orleans, is distributing groceries to close to a hundred families each month through their food pantry. Anna's Arts for Kids is continuing to provide virtual tutoring and art enrichment for the children of the Treme neighborhood. They have also loaned laptops to the children enrolled in their programs for remote school work.
St. George's, New Orleans, has continued their Dragon Cafe feeding ministry. They are seeing an increase in people coming in for Sunday morning breakfast and those bringing meals to those who can't leave their home.
St. John's, Thibodaux, parishioners are delivering snacks to healthcare workers at Thibodaux Regional Hospital.
St. Luke's, Baton Rouge, is donating the proceeds from their Mite Box collection to the Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank. The St. Luke's Sewist are sewing masks for healthcare workers.
St. Mark's, Harvey, is distributing groceries to around 180 families per week through their food pantry.
St. Paul's, New Orleans, parishioners are running errands to assist the vulnerable members of their community. A volunteer technology team is assisting those who need help connecting to their community online.
St. Paul's School, New Orleans, is partnering with Gazebo Cafe to provide meals to front line workers at New Orleans East Hospital.
Trinity Church, Baton Rouge, is continuing to feed people seeking assistance through their food pantry.
Trinity Church, New Orleans, through their Trinity Loaves and Fishes ministry has partnered with Culture Aid NOLA to distribute food to thousands of people in New Orleans.
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