Every 3rd Saturday Each Month
The recent economic difficulties have left many people jobless and struggling to keep food on the table for their families. Once a month, our Parish is able to give a grocery bag of food, with beans, rice, and assorted
donated foods to as many families in our community as we are able. Currently, we are able to provide for around 30 to 40 families each month. All of the food we provide to families in need is provided by the generous donations food and money from of our members and from our “Beans and Rice” partners around the Episcopal Diocese of Alabama. Please find our “Basket of Thanks” in the Narthex each Sunday for your food donations; and please join us on the Third Saturday of each month, as we meet our neighbors –and provide our gifts to them in love.
Summer Feeding / Summer Reading Program
Summer June & July
The Episcopal Church of the Holy Spirit has partenred with Alabaster City Schools hosting their Summer Feeding Program the last two years. Holy Spirit also received a grant from the diocese to provide new books to these children for summer reading in 2016. This time was full of community with each other and with our neighbors. We were grateful to be part of this beautiful program and plan to continue this each summer. To see reflections from our 2016 experience please click here.
School Supply Giving
Late Summer/Early Fall
In our local public schools, many children go to school every day without the supplies they need to participate fully in their education. Common supplies such as pencils, notebooks, folders, among others; cannot be afforded for children whose parents are struggling to keep their family fed, and in a home. Our church collects these supplies, and provides them to teachers at local schools to give to their students. Although this ministry primarily takes place in August, we continue to provide these gifts to our local partners as they are provided to the Outreach Ministry at Holy Spirit.
Cahaba Valley Health Clinic
This year we hosted our first health clinic in the parish hall. We partnered with Cahaba Valley Health Clinic (CVHC) offering free vision and dental screenings in Spanish and English. The sixty participants were given access to free or affordable follow up care. This will be an annual offering, and we are grateful to the good work of the CVHC and Holy Spirit volunteer teams.