Outreach at st. Francis
A team of adults and youth (7th-12th grades) travels to David, KY each year during the summer to participate in a Vacation Bible School for the community and work projects around the David School.
Adults and youth (9th-12th grades) travel to the Dominican Republic each summer to work on work projects in the community of Samangola and help with a VBS. This is a mutual mission with our friends from San Cristobal. During this mission, we will continue work on the churches in Samangola and San Rafael. For more information on this Mission, you may contact Raleigh Langley by phone in the parish office at 502-228-1176.
St. Francis has partnered with a number of area churches to assist Rev. Ken Boehm, chaplain at Churchill Downs ministering to a very transient and disadvantaged population who work in the racing industry. Many know little English; live in dormitories without mattresses, small rooms, tack rooms and trailers. Their needs are compelling. Spiritual direction, education, food, clothing, hygiene items, addiction counseling, and legal advice make up only the tip of the iceberg. We operate a “No Sale” yard sale twice a year to supply many of the material needs as described. These yard sales occur in February and August. We will be asking you for your gently used items in the months leading up to each event. This is truly an outreach to “the least, the last and the lost.”
Prodigal Ministries provides intensive and individualized counseling, direction and practical assistance to men leaving prison. The ministries’ vision centers on a no-nonsense approach along with Christian ideals to support the men in the re-entry process, so they can resume family responsibilities and lead meaningful lives. The ministry has helped over 100 ex-offenders to make that extremely difficult transition. St. Francis supports the mission and vision of Prodigal Ministries with volunteer mentoring and donations.
The parishioners of St. Francis have served the Episcopal Church Home through its Board for many years. Parishioners staff the gift shop, deliver mail to residents and serve as chapel lectors, arrange flowers, provide transportation, organize a Christmas party, bingo, sing-a-longs and the spring benefit luncheon.
Each year, St. Francis in the Fields sends a mission team to Guatemala to do a project in conjunction with Porch de Salomon. Porch de Salomon is a unique and progressive non-profit ministry which, since 2005, has loved, served, and encouraged “the lost, the least, and the last” (and others!) of Guatemala’s Lake Atitlan basin. If you are looking for an experience or relationship that will challenge you, help start or stretch your faith, and draw you into something bigger than yourself, we welcome you to be a part of what God is doing through St. Francis in the Fields' Guatemala Mission with Porch de Salomon.
If God is speaking to your heart about being a part of a mission trip to Guatemala, please contact Sloane Graff (502-821-3605), Bob Burdette (502-445-1313) or Bob Coon 502-228-1176 ext. 5099.
This Appalachian Mission serves the people of Barnes Mountain in Estill County, Kentucky. The people of St. Timothy's have established clothing and food banks, a summer day camp, Girl Scouts and craft activities that meet the needs of their mountain community. Over the past several years, St. Francis has funded several projects including construction of an education center and financial aid support for their summer camping program. Currently, St. Francis hosts an annual craft fair in the Narthex, selling handmade crafts and foods made by members of the St. Francis community and local artist from Barnes Mountain. The fair is held on the third Sunday during the month of November.
St. Francis’ newest recognized outreach ministry is located in Louisville at 1100 East Market Street. The Home of the Innocents has been our region’s open arms to kids in crisis since its founding in 1880 by the local Episcopal Diocese. In its early years, the Home was known as a place that received young children and infants when their families were unable to care for them due to poverty, illness, or other overwhelming circumstances. Over the years, these services transitioned to primarily serving children who had experienced abuse, neglect, or abandonment. If you have an interest in serving, there are many volunteer opportunities available.
This ministry involves the purchase of Christmas presents for a number of Cabbage Patch families followed by a Christmas party for them at The Patch. St. Francis families join Cabbage Patch families in a wonderful celebration, complete with games, craft projects, face painting, food and a special visit from Santa. Year after year St. Francis has shown its spirit of generosity and love with their outpouring of time, energy and resources for this event. This ministry is another example of St. Francis reaching out in Christian love to those in need.
The Cabbage Patch was founded in 1910 and is a non-profit, Christian organization that exists to empower families and children to be self-sufficient by helping them to maximize their spiritual, social, emotional, physical, moral, economic and educational potential. Central to their mission is sharing with those they serve their belief that only through God’s help will their lives be changed and continually fulfilled. Cabbage Patch serves 2,000 families each year. In their service area, 40% of the families live in poverty, 60% of households make less than $25,000 a year and 50% of households are headed by single parent mothers. Because Cabbage Patch, by choice, does not accept government funds and is not a United Way agency, they depend on individuals like us for funds and volunteer services.
If you have ever wondered where extra food from Costco goes, ask our Sexton, Curtis Taylor. Years ago, Curtis noticed that there was always extra food leftover from the events right here at St. Francis. Moved by the needs he saw of homeless individuals living downtown Curtis began a ministry whereby he took our own extra food and fed whoever would come to the trunk of his car. This ministry has now grown to the point where much of the canned goods are donated by local entities; however, the areas of food pick-up, food preparation, serving and clean-up are in need of people who are willing to fulfill the call to feed the hungry. There is an ongoing need to purchase meats, condiments and serving supplies. Your tax deductible donations are always needed and appreciated.
MINISTRY CONTACT: Curtis Taylor, 718-5264 or email@example.com.