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Outreach
 

At the local level

St. Thomas Medical Clinic. One very important way our parish strives to serve others in their time of need is through the St. Thomas Medical Clinic. The clinic serves those in our surrounding community who cannot afford health care or prescription medicines. Physicians, nurses, a social worker, a dietitian, medical students, other health care professionals and a non-medical support staff volunteer their time for clinic sessions every Wednesday and Saturday morning. Since it opened in April of 1996, the clinic has served over 100 patients in about 8000 patient visits altogether.  

Our clinic in the Diocese of Indianapolis and has been designated as one of 400 Jubilee Ministry Centers in the USA and Puerto Rico by the Episcopal Church. (Jubilee Ministry seeks to meet basic human needs and to work toward building a just society.) In seeking to serve those who cannot afford health care services, the clinic's understanding of its mission has broadened to include:

  •         Providing patients with on-going primary medical care.

  •         Linking patients with other community resources.

  •         Providing students of medicine and other health-related disciplines with an opportunity to participate in community-based services.

  •         Helping to develop a program to provide low-cost prescription medications to those who cannot afford to pay for their medicine.

  •         Being an advocate for those who cannot afford basic health care and medicines.

  •         Giving many in our community the opportunity to serve others in the community who are in need. 

To find out how you can volunteer at the clinic or to support it financially, call the church office any time (317-535-8985) or the clinic during clinic hours (317-535-6057). 

Angel Tree Ministry. Our parish participates in the Prison Fellowship Ministry which allows children of prison inmates to receive gifts at Christmas. We shop for presents suggested by the children's family and present them on behalf of the incarcerated parent. St. Thomas youth help with back-to-school supplies, host a Christmas party for the children, and prepare Easter baskets and birthday greetings from friends at St. Thomas during the year.  

Crop Walk/Feed a Hungry Friend. Many parishioners participate each fall in the annual Crop Walk, either by walking or by sponsoring a walker. We typically raise several hundred dollars to help a world-wide effort to respond to hunger globally and locally.  On the same Sunday in October we provide bags of groceries to the Johnson County Interchurch Food Pantry to feed the hungry in our community. 

Ice Cream Booth. For over twenty years, St. Thomas has dipped and served homemade ice cream during the Johnson County Fair in July. Our ice cream and our presence has become a part of the fair. People look forward to our ice cream every year and it has become famous. Serving together in the Ice Cream Booth at the county fair is always an occasion of fun and fellowship for St. Thomas volunteers and an opportunity to share our presence and ministries, especially the medical clinic, in and to the community and Johnson County. 

Interchurch Food Pantry. On the third Sunday of every month we collect food for hungry people in our county. Bags of food collected at St. Thomas go to the Interchurch County Food Pantry located in Whiteland.  On average more than 700 people receive assistance from the Pantry each month. St. Thomas maintains a small pantry of food for the hungry at the church. 

‘Souper’ Bowl Sunday. St. Thomas participates in an annual program supported by churches across the United States to focus on hunger in our nation. We are asked to share a dollar or more with others who are hungry. Our local county food pantry receives all of the funds raised in our county.  

United Thank Offering. United Thank Offering Ingathering of monies collected from UTO's BLUE BOXES in 2000 totaled more than $3,000,000. Congregations from the Diocese of Indianapolis contributed over $14,000 in 2000 and the St. Thomas Medical Clinic received a grant of $8,000--one of 121 grants made by General Convention for 2000. UTO BLUE BOXES give us a way to express tangible thanks to God for our many blessings--and an opportunity for us to deepen our faith by encouraging daily prayers of thanksgiving as we make our gifts of love--by dropping coins into our UTO boxes.

 At the diocesan level

Craine House. Craine House is a residential facility that keeps families together by providing alternative sentencing for women offenders who have children under the age of five. One of its goals is to break generational patterns that lead to abuse and crime. 

Dayspring Center. Dayspring Center is a shelter for homeless families which offers housing, job training, employment opportunities, and family counseling. 

Damien Center. Damien Center provides and coordinates services for persons living with or affected by HIV/AIDS and actively advocates for just and compassionate responses to their needs. 

The Julian Center. The Julian Center provides counseling, safe shelter and education for women who are survivors of abuse and assault and education about domestic violence for the community. 

Episcopal Fund for Human Need. The Episcopal fund for Human Need raises funds for outreach efforts throughout the Diocese of Indianapolis, including our own St Thomas Medical Clinic.

 

 
 
Last updated: March 31, 2004  
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