I am very happy to say that we at St Aidan’s have been very active out in the world this last year. Our focus has been on helping those less fortunate than ourselves in the local community and in downtown Norfolk with our Homeless Ministry. Our outreach ministries have given St Aidan’s new opportunities to reach out to those in need. I have listed below ministries that we have helped in and will continue into 2017 and everyone can get a chance to serve.
Our Homeless Ministry in downtown Norfolk has been a great blessing to our church over the last year. The homeless are so grateful every month when we hand them a clean pair of socks and now because of your continuing generosity we can also hand them hand sanitizers and body lotion. Your love and gracious giving is in return giving them hope and letting them know they are not alone and we care about them as we reach out as a beacon of light in the darkness.
The Homeless coat drive during the cold winter months was a great success, we had so many coats, hats, scarves, and gloves that it was like Christmas for our homeless guests we visited them in December, We go on the last Saturday of every month to feed the homeless and give them supplies.
We also make sandwiches on the third Sunday of every month that is then taken on Monday to the Catholic Worker’s office, who we work with, and they hand out our sandwiches to the Homeless on Tuesday morning.
During 2016 we also worked with a ministry in our neighborhood called Outside These Walls. We came together with the Presbyterian and Baptist churches in Kings Grant and went out into the neighborhood to help those in need around their homes. We also helped the Seton Girls and Boys Homes in the neighborhood with any need they had around their residences.
We have had a great year of being out in the world with others and sharing God’s blessings. We are His hands and feet in the world now and we need to do all we can to spread His love to others.
If anyone is interested in our Homeless Ministry or other ministries we are doing in the world for the less fortunate please talk to me at church or contact me by email. We need to listen for opportunities that God may be calling us to in 2017.
Deacon Dana +