NEWS FROM MISSION OUTREACH
The results of the survey were shared at the Annual Meeting, Part II. Below is a summary:
What activities are parishioners currently involved in? (In answering the questions about where they have been involved, several parishioners made clear that their involvement was sometimes financial, rather than volunteering.) As we expected from our informal discussions, parishioners are very active in the community, with every organization on the list having at least two parishioners who support it. Many have five or more parishioners involved. The highest numbers were for the Food Cupboard (12), Fuel Fund (10), Game Loft (8), Episcopal Relief and Development (9). As mentioned above, it’s clear from those numbers that the support often comes in the form of direct monetary gifts or helping to fundraise.
Besides the listed non-profits, respondents told us they are actively involved in environmental and peace activities, the Belfast Garden Club, Coastal Mountains Land Trust, Friends of the Library, Good Shepherd Food Bank, the Soap Closet, mentoring in 12-step programs, and helping neighbors, family, and friends. They serve St. Margaret’s, too, through the Women of St. Margaret’s, Choir, Vestry, and the Stewardship committee.
What should be a mission priority for St. Margaret’s? The majority of forms listed at least a half dozen or more priorities for St. Margaret’s; several checked 10 or more. Those activities which garnered the most support as priorities were the Food Cupboard and Fuel Fund (16 each), Re-entry Center (15), Belfast Soup Kitchen (13), New Hope for Women (12), Game Loft (12) and Game Loft Circles of Care (11), and Restorative Justice (10). Under International, eight people checked Haiti (St. Etienne’s), and 13 checked Episcopal Relief and Development. In the narrative portion, several people thought activities that focus on children and their needs should be a priority.
The survey results will help guide the committee and Vestry as we determine the future focus of mission outreach activities and/or fundraising to support them. Meanwhile, the committee is trying to assess transportation needs and possibilities for our own parishioners, as well as our neighbors in this area.
The next meeting of the committee will be at 5:30 p.m., Monday, Feb. 10, in the Parish Hall. Snacks will be served beginning at 5, and we try to end by 6:30 or a little later. All parishioners are welcome.