“Send us out to do the
work you have given us to do.”
We often pray these words after we receive the bread and wine in Holy Communion. This is our pattern of life: Bread is broken to be shared and, in receiving the answer to our hunger, we in turn become what is opened up to feed and encourage and care for others. As Episcopalians, we proclaim that we’re baptized into Jesus’ continuing, life-giving ministry in the world; we’re all given work to do for justice, peace, and the wellbeing of our neighbors. St. George’s is committed to being actively involved throughout our community, and you can find your place and your part here.
Table of Plenty
The Table of Plenty is a community kitchen that serves weekly meals in York, Berwick, and Kittery, Maine. This is a vital ministry of food and fellowship, and St. George’s has been an actively involved church since Table of Plenty came to York in 2001.
Every six weeks, our volunteers get to work cooking, serving and cleaning up the weekly meal for between 60-85 citizens that happens up the street at First Parish UCC.
St. George’s is a Covenant Congregation in the York County Chapter of Habitat for Humanity. Our parish volunteers work regularly at the local Restore store and assist at local builds.Habitat for Humanity focuses on the sanity of dignity and hope that is ensured to every person. St. George’s is proud to partner with the local chapter and to reinforce St. George’s commitment to the community and everyone’s right to a home.
The York Community Service Association’s mission is to extend hospitality and help to every York resident who turns to them in need. YCSA runs the local food pantry, operates a thrift shop, and administers the Town’s General Assistance program. St. George’s is proud to combine efforts with YCSA, to care for and support to our vulnerable and struggling neighbors. We volunteer at the YCSA thrift shop, and the St. George’s team staffs the YCSA food pantry from 4:30 pm to close every Thursday, where those in need can shop for supplies and food.
Seeds of Hope
In Biddeford, Maine, Seeds of Hope offers hospitality and support to all who pass through their doors, including free expanded continental breakfast/lunch, new and gently used clothing, job search support, and health & educational programming within a caring community. St George’s Church provides financial support as well as a volunteer-driven soup supper several times a year.
End 68 Hours
St. George’s acts as the host church and provides volunteer power for the York Chapter of End 68 Hours of Hunger. This 100% volunteer organization confronts the 68 hours of hunger experienced by York children who can’t count on meals over the weekend by providing bags of food for them to take home over the weekend.
The Giving Tree
The Giving Tree helps community families in need to celebrate Christmas. Early in Advent we receive information about the families anonymously from a community source and our Rector. A tree is set up in the parish hall with cardboard ornaments that name an item for a family member. Parishioners are invited to pick an ornament, purchase the item, wrap it, attach the tag to the outside of the package and return the gift to church. The families collect their gifts the week before Christmas.