Some of our Ministries
St. Mary's Little Free Pantry
Have some leave some. Need some take some. This amazing ministry has become a self-sustaining community outreach. While the people of St. Mary's oversee and maintain our LFP, during COVID, the community of Wayne has truly adopted us and keep us stocked. Be it monthly Radnor Elementary School Food Drives, scouts having community drives or just individuals helping out, we are feeding our hungry.
Our Noah's Ark Thrift store is a mainstay in our community. The connections we make with our neighbors who walk through our doors will last a lifetime. Donations come in from a variety of local townships and the proceeds are donated to other outreach ministries in our community. Twice a year the store is emptied of items that are not sold and donated to either local charities or shipped over seas.
The Women of St. Mary's sponsored a Harvest Fall Food Fest this year and what an occasion it was! The Merry Men made yummy funnel cakes and brats outdoors, while indoors there were new and interesting foods to try. There were soup ingredients in a jar, overnight oatmeal in jars, and cookie mixes, too. We found pesto and pickles, relishes and jams, some of them perennial favorites. Erlis and Ellen entertained us with piano duets! There was hot and cold drinks and mountains of desserts. We are sorry if you missed this extravaganza—and hope you were able to take home a prepared casserole for dinner! Thank you everyone that joined us!
Each Christmas the people of St. Mary's purchase and wrap in white Christmas paper generic Christmas gifts for St. Mary's in Chester County. At their description they give the gifts to those in need throughout the year.
Home Works (John's Island)
For the past six years the youth of St. Mary's have traveled to John's Island South Carolina to do home repair for the poor of that community through a program called Home Works. This is a week of prayer, sweat and giving hope through home repair.
Home Works (Peru)
This is an extension of our relationship with Home Works and is for our college aged kids. They participate in a yearly Mission Trip to Peru and build up to 6 house in a week. Picture above is the latest home they built.
Good Works is a home repair project out of West Chester, PA. Here we get to stay local and use our passion for home repair to help those in need in our own community.
A working farm to help feed the poor in our community. Staffed solely by volunteers, the people of St. Mary's take their turn. In this picture you can see us planting beans to be harvested later in the season.
In 2016 a few parishioners took the lead role in organizing our community to support refugee families. In a truly ecumenical endeavor and working with Bethany Refuge Resettlement, our goal is not to take care of every need of a family but rather give them the skills to survive in this foreign culture in which they find themselves. Our goal is for each family to be independent within a year or two.
Rise Against Hunger
Feeding the hungry. Working with Church Farm School through Rise Against Hunger, annually we are able to package over 10,000 meals to be shipped overseas.
Interfaith Hospitality Network...