Welcoming all as Neighbors – both near and far
Neighbors are important to Calvary. Who are our neighbors? To quote a line from the hymn, Jesu, Jesu, “Neighbors are rich and poor, neighbors are black and white, neighbors are nearby and far away.” Calvary strives to live out the words of that hymn in its many outreach ministries. Some of these ministries are ones we have participated in for years, some are new, and others are still evolving. We participate with gifts of our time, talent and monies. Calvary members fill needs throughout the community on a daily basis.
Every Tuesday evening a hot meal is offered at Calvary to those in need. At Tuesday’s Table, Calvary members help cook and serve the meal. We are blessed to have others who want to be involved, including another local church and civic organization. It takes a community to serve a community.
One of our ongoing ministries is our Backpack Program. Calvary has adopted Ressie Jeffries Elementary School. Every Thursday several of our members pack and deliver backpacks loaded with food for the weekend for approximately 60 children, who might otherwise go hungry. This program has expanded to include other churches within the community. A summer feeding program has been in existence since the summer of 2014. This includes food distribution centers throughout Warren County.
Outreach to children also includes providing Christmas presents and food for needy children and their families. As with the Backpack Program, names are confidential. In December Calvary shoppers are provided the child’s age, sex, sizes and Christmas wish list. Monies are raised each year to help support this project.
For many years Calvary has offered a scholarship to a graduating senior from Warren County High School who planned to attend a four year college. As our county has grown, so has the scholarship. At present we offer two scholarships, one to a Warren County High School senior and one to a Skyline High School senior.
On a local basis, we support the Congregational Community Action Project, C-CAP, with food, financial assistance and volunteers. As with many local ministries, C-CAP is always looking for a few good volunteers.
Calvary supports the local free clinic, St. Luke Community Clinic, with volunteers. From time to time special fund raisers sponsored by the parish also provide financial assistance to St. Luke.
Members of Calvary can be seen in all areas of Warren Memorial Hospital as volunteers. In fact, just about every local ministry in Front Royal/Warren County that is looking for volunteers, is or has been, supported by someone from our parish.
As a congregation we participate in mission and outreach beyond our community. We have supported ministries elsewhere in the United States, in Africa, in Haiti and in Europe.
Each year our Christmas and Easter Offering is split between local and national or international needs. For 2016, our Easter Offering was divided between St. Luke Dental Clinic and our partner parish, St. Paul Parish, Diocese of Ibba, South Sudan.