Although we have several ongoing outreach efforts—including our youth group’s connection with the Rosebud Indian Reservation—St. George’s has focused our outreach activities on growing two strong local community relationships: Perspectives and STEP.
Perspectives, Inc., based in St. Louis Park, is devoted to women and their children suffering from addictions, mental illness, and poverty. One evening each month, parishioners staff Kid’s Café under the direction of Perspectives’ Chef Dan. Six to eight of us work side-by-side with elementary-age students to cook a healthy, tasty supper. Then about 50 parents, kids, and volunteers sit down to share it together. In summers we also help staff for Basketball in the Park, sponsored by Perspectives and the St. Louis Park Police.
St. George’s also collects food donations weekly and cash donations monthly for STEP, the St. Louis Park Emergency Program. In addition, St. George’s helps STEP with their Christmas toy drive and their school supplies drive by providing hundreds of filled backpacks for children in our community.
These relationships represent a careful journey into becoming a more “missional” faith community. Our parishioners gain as much as they give in their person-to-person interactions at Kid’s Café and Basketball in the Park. These activities help us all build our faith, our Christian commitment, and our personal connection to those outside our faith community.