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. Involvement by the parish and community is welcomed. The Committee is always open to new members. The Committee meets at the church on the second Thursday of each month at 7:30 PM.
Social Concerns Committee
The programs and activities of the Social Concerns Committee are designed to support our Christian mission by exemplifying Christ's love in outreach and service. The Committee's operating principles include:
1. Our Baptismal Covenant to seek & serve Christ in all persons, loving our neighbors as outselves.
2. The mandate in Matthew 25 where we are called on to feed the hungrey, shelter the homeless, clothe the naked, and care for the sick, the lonely, those in prison, the stranger, and the outcast.
3. 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 disease
Ensure environmental sustainability
Develop a global partnership for development
Also taken into consideration are personal involvement of parishioners with the organization; the significance/impact of our contribution on the organization; the impact on us (our spiritual growth, on the Congregation, on the next generation); 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 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.