Social Concerns Ministries
Social Concerns ministries are an important part of parish life at St. Alban’s. Activities take place throughout the year and range from volunteer opportunities to special events, collections, and donations.
The Social Concerns Committee is a focal point of our outward-facing ministries. Parish and community involvement is welcomed, as well as new members.
The Social Concerns Committee meets at the church on the second Thursday of each month at 7:30 PM. The programs and activities of the Committee are designed to support our Christian mission by exemplifying Christ’s love in outreach and service. The Committee’s operating principles include:
- Our Baptismal Covenant to seek & serve Christ in all persons, loving our neighbors as ourselves…
- The mandate in Matthew 25, wherein we are called upon to feed the hungry, shelter the homeless, clothe the naked, and care for the sick, the lonely, those in prison, the stranger, and the outcast…
- The Millennium Development Goals (MDG), which were established by the United Nations and adopted by the Episcopal Church to address extreme poverty in developing countries. These include:
- Eradicate extreme poverty and hunger
- Achieve universal, primary education for children
- Promote gender equality and empower women
- Reduce child mortality
- Improve maternal health
- Combat HIV/AIDS, malaria, and other diseases
- Ensure environmental sustainability
- Develop a global partnership for development
Also taken into consideration is the personal involvement of parishioners within the organization, the significance/impact of our contribution, the impact on us (e.g., our spiritual growth, the Congregation, the next generation), the support of religious organizations, and the funding of organizations with which we have a long-term relationship.
The Social Concerns Committee plans and coordinates activities and recommends financial grants and donations for the approval of the parish vestry. The committee also works closely with organizations within the community to assist people in need. Parishioners interested in joining the committee, recommending an outreach activity or donation recipient, or those interested in learning more should contact the Chairperson of Social Concerns Use of Church Facilities by Community Groups and Twelve-step Programs.
The following programs and ministries regularly use St. Alban’s facilities:
- Alcoholics Anonymous, Monday 7:00 p.m.
- Aerobics classes, 9:15 a.m. M-W-F, 5:30 p.m. M-W, and 8:30 a.m. Saturday
- Al-Anon, Friday 10:00 a.m.
- Al-Anon, Wednesday, 5:30 p.m.
- Adult Children of Alcoholics, Wednesday, 6:30 p.m.
- Narcotics Anonymous, Tuesday 8:00 p.m.