St. Mary’s believes that Outreach is an important part of Christian Education. Children of all ages are involved in various hands-on outreach projects that put into action the Christian values they learn in our classrooms.
Children & Outreach
Advent Giving Tree
Children in Church School decorate paper ornaments to be hung on the parish Advent Giving Tree, each ornament representing an organization with a requested gift of $25 or less. As a result various local groups receive gifts which help to make the season a little brighter for the less fortunate.
Gingerbread House Auction
Young teens construct gingerbread houses that are put on the auction block after the Christmas Pageant. In 2015 the auction raised $346 which was used to purchase school supplies and backpacks for refugee children arriving in the U.S. from countries around the world through the International Rescue Committee.
Charity of the Month
After learning about various charities in Church School students make regular presentations on a selected “Charity of the Month” to the congregation during the church service.
“Souper Bowl” Sunday
In February, on the same date as the "other" Super Bowl, students in 6th through 8th grade prepare and sell soup during Coffee Hour. Proceeds benefit our local Interfaith Emergency Food Pantry.
Bedford Hills Correctional Center
Children bag lunches and goodie bags for children visiting their mothers and also collect toys for the Center’s teen program.
Recently the Church School decided to sponsor Kimhieng Phlay, a 9-year-old in Cambodia. Our children will exchange letters with Kimhieng, learning more about her life and how their efforts can help a less-fortunate child on the other side of the world.
Prior to that, the Church School sponsored Sopha Sak, also from Cambodia, for 9 years. On reaching age 16, Sopha was offered an educational opportunity and was no longer in need of our support.
(top): Middle School students at "Souper Bowl" Sunday; (above): Children and adults gather to prepare food and sort clothing for a Midnight Run.