Every Tuesday, we gather at Franklin Square Park for worship and lunch with around 50 downtown poor and visitors. The mission of Street Church is to feed the hungry, build diverse and inclusive community, worship as one, and give and receive the love of Christ. Worship begins a 1:00 and includes singing and participative preaching. Lunch is at 1:30. Street Church is part of the Ecclesia Ministries network which began with Common Cathedral in Boston.
11:30 Volunteers make sandwiches and assemble lunches in the Epiphany kitchen.
12:00 Volunteers meet, assign duties and pray.
12:30 Volunteers walk to Franklin Square Park, 14th and I, NW.
1:00 Worship in the Park with downtown poor and visitors.
1:30 Lunch in the Park.
In addition to a core of volunteers who come on a regular basis, we welcome any volunteer who would like to participate in this ministry of social justice.
One volunteer opportunity is the preparation of lunches in the Epiphany kitchen, which takes 30+ minutes. We also talk about social justice through relationships.
Another volunteer opportunity is at Franklin Square, when we spend time with the downtown poor through worship, lunch and conversation. This requires more time, about one hour, but it is more meaningful because of the opportunity to be in relationship, even though for only a brief time, with the downtown poor.
The most meaningful volunteer experience at Street Church is through Mission Partners. Mission Partners is program for youth and adult groups to participate in social justice ministries with the downtown poor and to allow this experience to deepen their spiritual journeys. Mission Partners participate in the full schedule as listed above, plus orientation at 11:00 and theological reflection at 2:00. Mission Partners also contribute to the cost of the Street Church lunch. The Mission Partners brochure below is for Welcome Table Mission Partners, but the same principles apply for Street Church Mission Partners.
Mission Partners brochure
Street Church Budget
Food costs per lunch: $200
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