Serving With Our Neighbors
Our Neighbors are out on Church Street or up on the University of Vermont campus where Rachel has Thursday afternoon “office hours.” You are more apt to find Mark at Starbucks, Uncommon Grounds, Zabby and Elf’s Stone Soup, Barrio Bakery, Maglianero’s, New Moon Cafe than in his office at church.
Our youth have worked over at the Intervale Farm and walked for COTS. We’ve “Run for JUMP” and jumped in Lake Champlain in the middle of winter to raise money with our neighbors for Special Olympics.
It’s not all fun and games. We serve Soup and Sandwiches on Sunday evenings from 5 – 6 PM. Members of our parish work at Community Action and Spectrum, in health care and education. We serve meals at the Salvation Army and the
Burlington Emergency Shelter (now “Anew Place”). We volunteer at JUMP and staff our own Miss Monday Thrift Shop every week.
Our “Parsonage” at 25 Buell St is not currently housing our clergy. We have used that space for the COTS Day Station, as an overnight emergency shelter one stormy holiday weekend, for community fellowship like potlucks and open-mics. Right now Pastor David Phelps and his family are living here while they await their parsonage at the Free Methodist Church to be ready following last winter’s fire. We hope 25 Buell Street will continue to be used for church and community gatherings in the future.
We like to do what we can; we like to serve our neighbors with our neighbors. We believe in ministry in the Neighborhood, by the Neighborhood, for the Neighborhood, with our Neighbors.