serving in the world
- Will you proclaim by word and example the Good News of God in Christ?
- Will you seek and serve Christ in all persons, loving your neighbor as yourself?
- Will you strive for justice and peace among all people, and respect the dignity of every human being?
(Book of Common Prayer, pg. 305)
These are questions posed to us when we’re baptized, and our responses are the promises we make as Christians. Baptism gives us a calling – shaping the way we walk around in the world and the ways we relate to God, to one another, to ourselves, and to all of creation. At St. Thomas, we take this calling seriously as we reach out into our neighborhood, the Greater Seattle area, and the world with God’s love and tangibly address the needs of our world.
As a church community, we devote 10% of our annual budget to outreach. Through efforts both large and small, St. Thomas engages the community and the world to serve God by serving one another. A few of the ways we serve in the world are:
Congregations for the Homeless
Each July, St. Thomas becomes home for 35 men making the transition from homelessness to permanent housing with Congregations for the Homeless – the only shelter program for single men on the Eastside. We provide a place to sleep, three meals each day, and all of the supplies they need. We also provide a loving community for these neighbors. For more information about how you can help with Congregations for the Homeless, contact Beth Zobel.
Neighbors in Need
Inspired by Jesus extravagant love for people on society’s margins and motivated by local needs, our Neighbors in Need program assembles care bags for distribution to our neighbors seeking help on street corners of the Eastside and surrounding communities. Care bags are always available in the Ebsworth Life Center, and all are invited to pick up bags to keep in their cars for distribution. For more information about Neighbors in Need, contact Claude Rogers.
Outreach @ St. Thomas
Outreach @ St. Thomas is a team of volunteers who research organizations for us to partner with, allocate funds to various outreach projects within the church, and equip members of our community to find ways to live out their faith through service in the world. If you would like more information about Outreach @ St. Thomas, or wish to inquire about partnering with St. Thomas, contact Eric Schwager.
THE SOPHIA WAY
Sophia Way is a shelter and day center for women experiencing homelessness. St. Thomas has been providing lunches for the ladies at Sophia Way since 2005. Currently two teams take lunch items monthly to the Sophia Way's Day Center. If interested in joining one of our lunch teams, contact Beth Zobel.
The Salvation Army, founded in 1865 in London, England, has spread to many parts of the world and has always worked for the social betterment of the poor. They have a center located behind Crossroads Mall in Bellevue at 911 164th AVE NE. They serve dinner to 60 men, women, and children most evenings with host organizations providing all food and beverage. St. Thomas joins with Temple de Hirsch Sinai to provide dinner the 4th Wednesday of each month. If interested in helping make or serve food for this very important cause, contact Beth Zobel.
Youth mission trips
Each summer, youth from St. Thomas go out into the world to serve others, experience different people and cultures, and witness how God is at work in the world. They discover how they can join in the work God is doing to restore all of creation. While it is our youth who venture away from St. Thomas, they are supported and sent by our entire church community. More information about our youth mission trips can be found on the youth page.