Here at St. Dunstan's , loving our neighbors near and far is another integral part of who we are. We feel it is our responsibility to help others in gratitude for what God has given us. Although most of our efforts focus on local needs through Roxbury Social Services, we continue to expand our regional, national and global efforts as we acknowledge our interdependence with those who are far off, as well as, those who are near.
Here are some of the ways we are God's hands in the world:
- Holiday meals for our neighbors through Roxbury Social Services http://www.roxburynj.us/index.aspx?nid=151
- Mitten Tree - collection of hats, gloves, scarves and go to Gift of Warmth and Roxbury Social Services
- Coat drives
- School supplies for local children
- Baby items for the North Porch Women and Infants' Center.
- Seaman's Church Institute - lots of knitted items and personal items for seafarers
- Nets for Life - raising money to provide mosquito netting for families and whole communities
- Diocesan Alleluia Fund http://www.dioceseofnewark.org/Alleluia/index.html
Prayer Shawl Ministry
Another facet of our outreach is our prayer shawl ministry. This provides prayer shawls and lap blankets for those in any kind of distress - physical, spiritual, emotional. We also knit baby blankets to give to children who are baptized here.
These shawls and blankets are blessed during our worship thus connecting the parish to the person who receives it. The prayer of blessing that we use (written by Janet Bristow) ends with "may the one who receives this shawl be cradled in hope, kept in joy, graced with peace, and wrapped in love." This IS our prayer.
Millennium Development Goals
Along with these hands on projects, 0.7% of our income is given to projects that meet the Millennium Development Goals through Episcopal Relief and Development. In the last few years we have supported:
For more information visit www.er-d.org/mdg