Mission & Outreach
St. Michael's seeks to attend to needs both locally and globally. The local groups highlighted on this page represent the nonprofits with whom St. Michael's is grateful to be in partnership. Through volunteer activities, monetary donations, and gifts in kind, we seek to serve Christ in all persons. We also conduct a monthly collection, through which we give warm clothes, blankets, toiletries, food items, school supplies and books.
Food insecurity is an ongoing problem for many residents in Arlington, and St. Michael’s continues to support the Arlington Food Assistance Center (AFAC). Thanks to the ongoing generosity of St. Michael's parishioners, through the basket collection we were able to make donations to AFAC annually in excess of 1000 pounds of food, in addition to monetary contributions to purchase…Read More »
Arlington Partnership for Affordable Housing builds and owns rental housing that is affordable to Arlington's low wage earners. St. Michael's has supported APAH's school age children by providing new backpacks filled with school supplies.
St. Michael's provides volunteers to staff the Arlington Street People's Alliance Network (A-SPAN) Homeless Center during dinner on the first Friday of the mont. Click here to sign up as a volunteer. We periodically donate clothing and toiletries for distribution to our homeless neighbors.
In 2013, St. Michael's sponsored a Mission and Outreach project at Bukalasi Church in the mountains of eastern Uganda. St. Michael's helped their congregation finance a roof for their new church building -- it had been under construction for eight years, but they were unable to finish the project. The donation from St. Michael's put them over the top and the building project went…Read More »
At St. Michael's, we are entering a time of reflection on environmental theology and care of God's creation. In September 2011, the Episcopal Church House of Bishops issued a pastoral teaching to the church regarding environmental justice. In it they wrote:
"The mounting urgency of our environmental crisis challenges us at this time to confess "our self-indulgent appetites and w…Read More »
St. Michael's parishioners are long-time financial supporters of Doorways (formerly TACTS), the emergency shelter and safe house for women and families. We also provide assistance through basket collections of food, household items and gift cards for purchasing back-to-school supplies.Read More »
St. Michael’s regularly supports Episcopal Relief and Development (ERD), which provides national and global services, such as disaster response, advocacy, economic assistance, hunger alleviation, and long-term anti-poverty programs. Given the on-the-ground presence and partnerships in many parts of the world, St. Michael’s has directed special collections for natural disasters through ERD.
St. Michael's long-time commitment to the Meals on Wheels program continues. Our volunteers deliver meals to the home-bound three times a month. Additional volunteers are always needed and appreciated.
St. Michael’s Nursing Home Ministry is one way we actively bring God’s grace out into the broader Arlington community. For nearly 30 years, the St. Michael’s community and additional friends have carried Morning Prayer or Holy Eucharist services to residents of Regency Care of Arlington each Sunday morning and once a month at Powhatan Nursing Home.
The nursing home ministr…Read More »
Resources for Immigrant/Refugee Assistance
St. Michael’s has partnered with a variety of organizations that provide services and support for immigrants and refugees. The M&O Committee has identified 10 organizations recommended for parishioners to find information about collection drives, volunteer needs, and donations.Read More »