In partnership with other community groups and organizations, our church helps to shelter the homeless, to feed victims of AIDS, and to minister to those in need in our communities:
Home and Hope
Our church hosts guest families as part of Home and Hope (formerly Interfaith Hospitality Network). During hosting week, our fellowship hall is transformed into "home" for up to three or four families. Every child who comes, receives a quilt of his or her own made by our Blanketeers quilters. There are many ways to take part in this important outreach: making food, doing laundry, providing childcare, evening host/ hostess, set-up and take-down, overnight host/hostess, or offering special prayers for our guests. For more information or to volunteer please call Raj Rambob at 650 652-1103.
Are you looking for an outreach opportunity? Do you have an afternoon a week? Several 3rd and 4th grade children are looking for a few caring tutors. These youngsters are happy and energetic, but they need help with reading, spelling, and math. Your presence once a week at Homework Central could make their day. You will help them finish their homework, read silently and maybe play a game. Homework Central is a wonderful program; come join the team. You can pick the day and our Site Coordinator will match you up with children. Please leave a message for Betsy Woodward at 343-3694 if you can volunteer.
Kyros (KIR-os) is a Greek word for a power that is legitimate, but limited and compassionate. In this time of scandal, fear, and anger about clergy misconduct in many denominations, Kyros Ministry has an important role to play. There are safe and appropriate ways to report abuse or to seek help for one's own behavior. Call 343-3377 for confidential guidance on the reporting process. To find out more, visit www.kyros.org.
We are very proud of our long-time association with Rev. Dr. Kibbie Ruth, CCSM Adjunct Pastor and Founder of Kyros Ministry.
Housed in our Christian Education Building is Little Wonders, a unique, non-profit Parent Cooperative that focuses on Parent Education. Parents with children ages 9 months to 2 years and nine months enroll with their children for a weekly two-hour class. The classes are organized so that there is one hour of structured activities and one hour of parent education. Little Wonders is an excellent opportunity for parents to learn more about being a parent while networking with other parents who have children the same age. Families are asked to choose a volunteer job to assist the program. If you would like more information, please call Little Wonders' Director, Mireille McKee, at 348-0736, or visit its website at www.littlewonders.org.
Peninsula Interfaith Action
Our church is part of Peninsula Interfaith Action, a coalition of congregations on the Peninsula working together to address pressing issues in our community. With the help of PIA, we were able to create an after-school tutoring program at three sites in the city. Currently, our Local Organizing Committee (LOC) is addressing the critical issue of the lack of "affordable housing" on the Peninsula. Seeing this as a justice issue, we go to city and county meetings, speak with "those in the know and with power," to gain insight into the issues at hand. If you would like to know more about PIA/LOC, please call Linda Kilby at 299-1531. For more information visit PIA at www.piapico.org
San Francisco Night Ministry
From 10 p.m. until 4 a.m. every night of the year, the San Francisco Night Ministry provides compassionate, non-judgmental pastoral care. From 10 p.m. until 2 a.m., trained telephone counselors provide counseling and referral services to anyone in crisis. At the same time, and until 4 a.m. ordained clergy meet people where they are, on the street, in bars, bus depots, and anywhere else in the City where they are called. Confidential pastoral care is available by calling 415-441-0123. We can be found on the web at http://www.nightministry.com/.