How We Reach Out to Our Community
The Outreach Ministry at All Saints aims to serve Christ in all Riverside residents, especially where there is suffering, unfairness, or a lack of respect.
Path of Life is supported locally by this parish (see below). Through the outreach ministry All Saints members also:
- participate in Riverside’s Love Your Neighbor program on homelessness
- participate in the annual Walk to End Homelessness. 2018 walk scheduled for Saturday, April 14, at Fairmount Park.
- learn about and worship with other Christian and non-Christian faith communities
- advocate for best practices by Riverside police
- build bridges with the Riverside Afro-American community
- respond to the needs of refugees
- are beginning a relationship with RCC, our-across-the-street neighbors
- advocate for the reduction of gun violence
- work with elected and appointed city and county officials, and with peace builders of all kinds.
An important partner in this work is the Downtown/Magnolia/Brockton pastors’ group.
Upcoming Outreach Events and Opportunities
A weekly calendar of upcoming events and opportunities is published in Sunday's weekly bulletins, to allow parishioners to participate in this ministry through awareness of where they might be called to support God’s children next. Spearheading this mission is Andrea Briggs, our MInister of Outreach. Please contact her ( ) if you have any questions or suggestions.
CURRENT EVENTS (see calendar for details):
- Housing First Plan to end homelessness. See calendar for details on City Council Vote Tuesday, March 13. - Update: Riverside City Council unanimously passed the Housing First plan to End Homelessness.
- March For our Lives - Organized by local High School students in response to recent gun violence. Saturday, March 24, 10-am-12:30pm. Begins at Riverside Historic Courthouse, 4050 Main St.
- Taize Meditative Worship - Second Monday of every month, rotating locations. Last event - Monday, March 12. Next event - Monday, April 9. Location TBA.
- Annual Walk to End Homelessness. Saturday, April 14, Fairmont Park. Check calendar for updates. Can't walk? Donate at www.riversideca.gov/walk.
CURRENT OPPORTUNITIES (no associated event):
- Gun Violence - In response to recent gun violence,
- pray to discern God's will
- Consider connecting on Facebook with the local chapter of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence
- Reveiw the resources of the Episcopal Peace Fellowship ( http://epfnational.org/ ) and its Gun Violence Prevention Action Group
- Participate in upcoming rallies (see above) intended to motivate meaningful public action
Path of Life
Life Ministries operates the family emergency homeless shelter, the men's and women's emergency homeless shelter, and the cold-weather shelter. Path of Life also has a rapid rehousing program, permanent supportive housing, and many ancillary services to help people who are getting back on their feet. All Saints helps Path of Life in its work in several ways:
We provide dinner on two nights each month at the family emergency homeless shelter. For information, please contact Christina Miller ( ), or Jane Carney ( ). We provide Christmas gifts to families being assisted by Path of Life (see The Giving Tree, under Advent activities). To participate, see Paul Johnson ( ) or Jim Boyer ( ).
From time to time we contribute clothing, furniture, and household goods to persons moving into permanent housing. To contribute household furniture or furnishings, please contact Lori LaCasse at Path of Life ( ). To contribute clothing, please see Jane Carney ( ). When Path of Life cannot take any additional clothing donations, the clothing is given to the Community Settlement House, Arlanza Elementary School, or Goodwill.
There are many types of volunteer opportunities available through Path of Life Ministries. More information is available on their website: thepathoflife.com.