Social Ministries
Mission Statement:
Through the power given by the Holy Spirit, God reaches out to those in need. The Social Ministries committee will provide the leadership to direct resources which will enable St. Alban's to continue the healing work of Jesus Christ.

Organization:
St. Alban's has a rich tradition for helping those in need. The Social Ministries Committee carries on this tradition at the direction of St. Alban's Vestry. It meets at the church the 3rd Tuesday at 6:00 p.m. each month. Through the wonderful talents of this committee the church's resources are used to help those in need at the local, national, and international levels.

Outreach supported by gifts from the congregation of St. Alban's and support from the Social Ministries Committee.

Anne Arundel County
Holiday Sharing Program
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At the beginning of Advent, our church puts up an "Angel Tree" for parishioners to select a child for whom they will buy Christmas gifts. Also, gift cards are given to the Moms to buy Thanksgiving and Christmas dinner. On the 3rd Sunday in Advent, parishioners and choir members deliver the gifts while caroling for the families.

H.O.P.E.
(He Opens Pathways to Everyone)
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H.O.P.E. is a local organization which transitions families from homelessness into housing, providing them with clothes, furniture, bedding, and housewares. In addition to financial support, each year in the season of Epiphany, we collect much needed items for H.O.P.E. such as blankets, sheets, towels, hats, scarves, gloves, and children's pajamas.

Episcopal Relief and Development
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Episcopal Relief and Development (ERD) is an international organization which works with Anglican churches and local organizations in more than 40 countries to help communities re-build after disasters and find solutions to poverty, hunger, and disease. Our church has financially supported ERD after many major disasters in the world.

Arundel House of Hope
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Arundel House of Hope (AHOH) is the parent organization for the Winter Relief Shelter, Day and Resource Center, and Fouse Center. We support AHOH financially, and most recently, donated toward the new AHOH medical clinic. Every year, St. Alban's prepares and serves a meal for the Winter Relief Shelter when it is hosted at nearby St. Christopher's Episcopal Church.

Crop Hunger Walk
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Every autumn, walkers from our church participate with other local churches in the North County Crop Hunger Walk to raise funds for Church World Services to fight hunger around the world and for our local NCEON.

NCEON
(North County Emergency
Outreach Network)
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NCEON provides food, prescription help, help with heating bills and rent for those in need in our area. St. Alban's is one of the covenant churches promising to support NCEON financially, and by collecting food, and through prayer. Parishioners bring in non perishable food each Sunday which is delivered weekly to NCEON.

Anne Arundel County Back to School
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Each August, parishioners have fun buying school supplies for elementary school children referred to us by the county. This popular program gives us the opportunity to provide children backpacks full of supplies needed to start the school year.

St. Alban's Prayer Shawl Ministry
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In 2011, the knitters and crocheters of our church formed a prayer shawl ministry which meets the 2nd Tuesday of the month at 1:00 p.m. We knit, crochet and pray for those needing the comfort of a prayer shawl or lap robe. We have done special projects of making lap robes for veterans, chemo caps for women undergoing treatments, baptismal blankets for babies and children, pet blankets for ailing animals, and mini-prayer shawls for purses or pockets to remind you of God's sheltering love.

Centro Buen Pastor School
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Our former rector had been on a mission to the Dominican Republic and fell in love with the children in Barrio Las Flores, San Pedro de Macoris. In 2007, we began supporting the mission of Centro Buen Pastor by fundraising to build a new school , and by providing scholarships for children. We raised over $12,000 to help build the school, El Colegio Buen Pastor, which was completed in 2009. To date, we have provided scholarships for over 100 children for tuition, books, meals and uniforms. Our church is grateful to be making a difference in the lives of these children by providing an education beyond the normal 6th grade, through 8th grade, and enabling some children to graduate from high school and even attend college.

Buddy Bags
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A teacher in our parish made us aware that many children in our county were facing the weekend without enough food to eat. In 2012, our church began partnering with Christ Evangelical Lutheran Church in Pasadena to provide elementary school children on Fridays with backpacks of food for the weekend.

Salvation Army/Boys and Girls Club
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After years of preparing a monthly meal for the Salvation Army, we have switched our focus to providing scholarships for children for After School Care and Summer Camp at the local Salvation Army Boys and Girls Club. In addition, this past summer, we bought games, basketballs, and crafts for the Summer Camp.

Camp Amazing Grace
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Each summer the Episcopal Diocese of Maryland Prison Task Ministry runs a summer camp at Bishop Claggett Center for approximately 25 children ages 8 - 12 who have a parent who is incarcerated. Each child is given a fun week of swimming, adventures, crafts, music, and unconditional love. Every year since Camp Amazing Grace began in 2006, St. Alban's has sponsored 1 or 2 children for camp, and parishioners have provided all the beach towels and swim goggles for the campers.

The Ark
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Each year after Easter, St. Alban's sends our parishioners' Lenten box offerings to Episcopal Community Services for The Ark in Baltimore. The Ark is a day care center in the city which cares for homeless children while their parents are at work, learning a skill, or seeking employment.

In addition to the Social Ministries Committee, the church is active helping people through other church organizations including the Sunday School, Youth Group, and St. Alban's Guild.