Community Outreach Ministries
Homeless Shelter Meal Team
Our Meal Team Ministry at the Abode Homeless Shelter continues to be a very important ministry in our community. We continue to have the enthusiastic support of dedicated, dependable parishioners to serve a nutritious meal on the 2nd Friday of each month. There are several individuals or teams who plan and purchase food for the meals on a rotating basis, plus other folks who have also committed to helping prepare and serve the meals, insuring there is adequate staffing each month. We are especially pleased that several of our youth are involved every month.
Tri-Cities Interfaith Council
St. Anne’s is active in the Tri-Valley Interfaith Council, which brings together clergy and laypeople from many faith traditions to foster interfaith dialogue and social justice in our community.
Prayer Shawl Ministry
The prayer shawl ministry is one of the quiet ministries that makes St. Anne’s a special place. Parishioners knit or crochet prayer shawls for those in need through illness or crisis. Recently the knitting has expanded to the creation of hats for premature infants. The prayer shawls and infant caps are blessed during the service.
St. Anne’s is actively involved in Sacred Space, East Bay, a specialized mission of our Diocese that ministers to the homeless. “At Sacred Space East Bay, our primary mission is to provide spiritual companionship to homeless men and women who seek a non-threatening way to be with others in relationship and in community. We are un-housed and housed people called by God into Christian community and ministry for the purpose of transforming our lives.”
Sacred Space, East Bay holds a weekly celebration of The Holy Eucharist in Cannery Park in Hayward on Sunday afternoons, followed by distribution of bag lunches and fellowship. Volunteers at St. Anne’s prepare lunches on a monthly basis and bring them, along with water, (and coats as the weather becomes cooler) to the service.
Our Rector and our Deacon often preside at Sacred Space Hayward on behalf of St. Anne’s and delivered bags of socks that St. Anne’s parishioners have generously provided.
Corazon House Build/Habitat for Humanity
Each year St. Anne’s, along with other churches in our area, supports a house build for a family in need. We provide both financial support and our physical help – in one weekend we build a house. For many years this has been in Mexico and recently we have also participated in a local project in Fremont through Habitat for Humanity. Adults and children 14 and over are invited to participate on site.
Recognizing natural resources are precious, we recycle aluminum cans and plastic bottles with the “CRV” marking and use the proceeds to help fund our Sunday School and Coffee Hour.