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Servers behind trays of collard greens, macaroni and cheese and turkey fill plates.At St. Thomas’ Episcopal Church Towson, we define our mission as a parish as focusing our response to God and to the community in joyful worship, compassionate outreach and relevant service.

Through various on-going outreach projects, we strive to be Christ’s hands in action, better understanding and boldly serving those in need.

A group of people gathered around a conveyor belt in a warehouse sort donated food items.Kibble Connection

Ministry & Mission Outreach Calendar

Contact Diane Flayhart if you're interested in helping further the mission of St. Thomas' and reach out to our community.

January

  • Paul’s Place: Fruit
  • Red Cross Blood Drive

February

  • Paul’s Place: Fruit
  • Assistance Center of Towson Churches (ACTC)

March

  • Paul’s Place: Fruit
  • Mite Boxes for ACTC/Loch Raven Network
  • Loch Raven Network: Grocery Cards

April

  • Paul’s Place: Fruit
  • Mite Boxes for ACTC/Loch Raven Network
  • Pet Food Donations for Kibble Connection

May

  • Woodbourne Center: Summer Gift Cards
  • Red Cross Blood Drive

June

  • Loch Raven Network: Backpacks

July

  • Loch Raven Network: Backpacks

August

  • National Night Out

September

  • Loch Raven Network: Food & Snacks
  • Red Cross Blood Drive

October

  • Loch Raven Network: Toiletries

November

  • ACTC: Thanksgiving Baskets
  • Salvation Army: Stockings
  • Paul’s Place: Fruit
  • Thanksgiving Dinner at Mt. Calvary AME

December

  • Paul’s Place: Fruit
  • Salvation Army: Field Trip to Warehouse

Year Round

  • Card Ministry
  • Christian Stitchin'
  • Lay Eucharistic Visitors
  • Rides to Church

Outreach Partners

  • Assistance Center of Towson Churches (ACTC)

    St. Thomas' is part of the 48-church consortium of the Assistance Center of Towson Churches. ACTC provides emergency assistance to poor and needy families in our community. This assistance can include food, eviction and utility cutoff prevention, payment for prescriptions, lunches for the homeless, even a GBMC nurse practitioner to help with medical matters.

    In February and November of each year, St. Thomas' collects bags of food and other items to donate to ACTC. We also collect empty grocery bags that ACTC can use to distribute the food. For more information about ACTC and a wish list of the items that are always needed, see their website: www.actconline.info.

  • Paul's Place

    Paul’s Place in Southwest Baltimore City provides programs, services, and support that strengthen individuals and families, fostering hope, personal dignity and growth.

    October to April each year, we donate cases of fruit from our fruit sales for the Paul's Place soup kitchen to be served with the 250 hot lunches they serve each day. May to September, when there are no fruit sales, volunteers from St. Thomas' prepare chicken casseroles to freeze for Paul's Place on our monthly Saturday Work Day.

    St. Thomas' parishioners also donate clothing for the people served by Paul's Place as well as monetary donations. The clothing donations are collected year-round in a bin in the Bride's Room off the Narthex. A box for monetary donations can be found in the Narthex.

    For more information about Paul's Place, see their website: paulsplaceoutreach.org.

  • Salvation Army

    Each year, the Salvation Army provides stockings to be "stuffed" with Christmas items for needy children in our community. Each stocking comes with information that enables us to fill the stockings with appropriate items based on a child's age and gender. In this way, each child receives a special stocking full of small goodies. Dozens of stockings are filled each year, making Christmas a little bit better for dozens of area children.

    After the filled stockings are returned to the church, members of the congregation go to the Salvation Army warehouse and help sort all of the stockings received there for distribution.

    If you'd like to help, contact Linda Condon, 433-841-2482.

  • Woodbourne Center

    The Woodbourne Center is a year-round education residential program for as many as 40 boys ages 12 to 18 from the entire State of Maryland who have become involved in the child welfare system, the juvenile justice system, and mental health programs. For many years, St. Thomas' parishioners generously sponsored Woodbourne Center children at Christmas to provide clothing and other items. In 2015, at the request of the Center, we began donating gift cards for much needed school supplies in lieu of the Christmas gifts. Beginning in 2016, we plan to donate gift cards for their summer recreational activities. In return, several boys come to St. Thomas’ each month to participate in our Work Days and Fruit deliveries.

    For more information about the Woodbourne Center, see their website: www.nexustreatment.org/sites/Woodbourne.

  • Worship at Oak Crest

    As part of a rotation schedule among area churches, St. Thomas' sponsors an on-site worship service for the residents of the Oak Crest retirement community.
  • Loch Raven Network

    There are approximately 25 homeless students attending Loch Raven High School, right there in our backyard. Most of these students have been displaced from their homes and are living with friends, if not in shelters. They need bare necessities to remain in school. The goal of the Loch Raven Network is to create a place at Loch Raven High School were donated school supplies, food and clothing will be available to these students whenever they need them.

    During the summer, we will be assembling backpacks for students who can’t afford school supplies. Throughout the year, we will be setting up clothing and food drives dependent on the needs of the students. Hungry students and students without weather appropriate clothing should not be left without hope and support.

  • Kibble Connection

    Kibble Connection is a program where St. Thomas' has partnered with the Maryland SPCA and Meals on Wheels to provide pet food to local Meals on Wheels clients. Some Meals on Wheels clients are sharing their meals with their pets and not getting enough to eat. Kibble Connection helps ensure that Meals on Wheels clients and their pets maintain good nutrition.

    It's important to remember that Meals on Wheels clients are homebound, and for many their pets are their only companions. Research has shown that the health benefits of having a pet not only includes relieving feelings of loneliness and anxiety, but the CDC has stated that pets can decrease blood pressure, cholesterol and triglyceride levels. Let's help return the favor!

    If you would like to get involved, please contact Jill Dumser in the office at 410-821-5489 or by email, stthomastowson@gmail.com.