Outreach. Ministry to our community.
Church of the Resurrection participates in several outreach ministries thoughout the year. Many thanks for the contributions of Resurrection parishioners who give of their time, talents and treasure to these programs. Thanks be to God!
More than 100,000 children in the 26 county area of NW Missouri and NE Kansas receive free and reduced-price school meals during the week, but are at risk of hunger on weekends. In partnership with Harvesters, Church of the Resurrection serves as a liaison with the Blue Springs School District, providing volunteers who weekly pick up backpacks, clean them and repack them with food provided by Harvesters for needy children to take home every Friday.
Every month we staff the Kansas CIty Community Kitchen located in downtown Kansas CIty for one or two days, serving a nutritious lunch to individuals and families who may be living in transitional housing or homeless.
The Necessity Pantry is a joint ministry of the episcopal churches in eastern Jackson County. Based at St. Michael's in Independence, the pantry serves families who need assistance with food, personal hygiene items and household supplies. Donations and cash contribution are collected the third Sunday of every month and delivered to St. Michael's for distribution.
Kansas City Community Kitchen
Community Services League
Every year we participate in several programs to benefit the Community Services League in Blue Springs. During the lenten season, the offerings from the community lenten services are designated for the CSL. Each November and December we collect Christmas gifts for children up to 18 years old that are distributed through the CSL at their annual free shopping event for parents. Our members often volunteer to help CSL staff this event as well.
In 2014 we collected over 2.000 pairs of new and used shoes for contribution to the Soles4Souls program based in Nashville, TN.
New and high grade shoes are immediately earmarked for distribution in the United States or abroad. Lower grade used shoes are sorted and packed for distribution, and some are provided to microenterprise programs in developing countries such as Haiti, Tanzania, and Honduras. The microenterprise participants clean and recondition the shoes to sell locally, providing both a rare employment opportunity to impoverished people who would like to start their own shoe businesses, but lack the capital to do so, and an affordable source of shoes for the impoverished local population.
Pill Bottles for Malawi
In the very poor African nation of Malawi, hospitals and medical facilities often have to wrap small quantities of pills in paper to send them home with patients. Resurrection helps by collecting SMALL prescriptions sized pill bottles and sending them to the Malawi Project for use. The pill bottles are collected in a continuous process in a labeled double-decker trash container in the Outreach Room (where BackSnack supplies are kept - next door to the Children's Chapel).