Jubilee Ministries of the Episcopal Church are a cluster of outreach ministries recognized for doing transformative work in the world. Bishop Wolfe, bishop of the Diocese of Kansas, designated Saint Paul’s as a Jubilee Center and the Executive Council of the Episcopal Church ratified that designation in October of 2009. This designation is in recognition of multiple ministries here that reach out to people in our community and to the world in significant ways. Here are some of the ways we serve our community.
Each Tuesday and Friday morning throughout the year the doors of St. Paul’s open to all who care to come have breakfast. Some of our patrons are homeless. Some are single parents trying to take care of their children on as little money as they can. Some are well off and enjoy the gathered community. We welcome ALL our neighbors. The breakfasts we serve provide nourishing food for the start of the day. In fact many neighbors take out box which they can share with someone who is home bound. On Tuesdays the Diocesan Intern and Peer Ministers from the St. Francis campus center lead a group of KSU students cooking and serving the breakfast. Each Friday our friends from Seven Dolors Roman Catholic Church or from the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Manhattan cook and serve breakfast to our neighbors. The Happy Kitchen is only possible through the cooperation of these four faith communities.
Our Encore Shop has been in operation since the 50’s. It serves many groups throughout the community and beyond. Our customers have a place to purchase clothes and household items at prices they can afford. With the income this shop generates we are able to help support Shepherd’s Crossing, The Flint Hills Community Clinic and many other agencies that help the people in our community. Through the Encore Shop we have a long standing relationship with a sheltered workshop in the area providing clothing and other support for them. In all, the Encore Shop serves the largest number of people of all our ministries. The shop that now fills the old rectory at 601 Poyntz is the anchor of our Jubilee ministries. The shop is operated entirely by volunteers, both women and men, who give of their time to make sure the doors open to a public who appreciate the service.
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As part of a coalition of Churches in Manhattan, Saint Paul’s participates in and supports the ministry of Shepherd’s Crossing. This is a service that provides financial counseling and aid to individuals and families who have a difficult time making ends meet. They help with utilities, prescriptions and provide other aid that helps these families survive under hard times. Along with providing financial support to Shepherd’s Crossing Saint Paul's clergy and parishioners serve as volunteers and board members in this community service.
The Flint Hills Community Clinic, established by area churches, physicians, and with support from Via Christi Health Center, the clinic began seeing patients in 2005. The clinic is a member of Volunteers in Medicine and is an associate member of the Kansas Association for the Medically Under-served. Providing medical care to the medically under-served is the mission of the clinic. Clinic services include outpatient services for acute illnesses and minor injuries; ongoing treatment for diabetes, hypertension, asthma, and so on; preventative services, such as adult physicals and well-child check-ups; patient education for diabetes, smoking cessation, weigh-loss; and, other services. The medical staff is all volunteer physicians, nurses and other medical professionals, and hundreds of clinic volunteers provide hours of behind-the-scenes work to keep the clinic operating. Many members of Saint Paul's are clinic volunteers and members of the Board of Trustees. The clinic welcomes donations of time, talent and treasure. Talk to Deacon Pearce if you're interested in becoming a clinic volunteer.
Once a month our members bring cans of food and nonperishable boxes of food to share. The baskets at the entrances are filled with as much as two hundred pounds of food which members bag up and take to the Flint Hills Bread Basket. Our contribution to Flint Hills Breadbasket is blessed at the first Sunday of each month and we give thanks for the bounty we have and the ability we have to assist the Breadbasket's ministry.
Kansas to Kenya (K2K) is a diocesan sponsored relief program begun by a deacon in the diocese who is also a physician. Mission trips to Kenya, during the summer, provide medical attention, construction work, and economic and agricultural guidance to the people of the village of Maai Mahiu, as well as an orphanage and school for the orphans in the village. Members of Saint Paul's parish have been involved, each year, in the medical mission, providing, sometimes, the only medical attention the people of the village and surrounding area obtain. Faculty from Kansas State University, who are also members, have provided economic and agricultural guidance to enable the people to better grow crops and start up small business enterprises. And, students from K-State Canterbury Episcopal Campus Ministry, and who regularly worship at Saint Paul's, help with construction projects and offer the varied skills and talents they bring with them.
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