What Do We Do?

Outreach consists of all St. Philip's activities directed toward serving people in the congregation, the community and our wider world. It takes many forms such as:

ANGEL TREE MINISTRY - An Angel Tree is a Christmas Tree filled with Angels stating what children of prisoners want for Christmas.  In lieu of a gift, St. Philip’s parishioners can purchase a gift card to put into an envelope provided in a basket next to the tree. The Angels and Envelopes are provided by StreetReach.   In Brunswick County there are over 800 children that have a family member/members incarcerated.  The Brunswick County StreetReach is an interfaith organization dedicated to bringing the community together to end hunger and homelessness.  Their clients  live in places not meant for human habitation, in encampments, in abandoned buildings, under bridges, in automobiles and on the street.

BELIZE MINISTRY - Assisting the Anglican Diocese of Belize on small projects and with teaching aids and supplies for Holy Cross School on Ambergris Caye and the other diocesan schools throughout Belize.

BUNDLES OF JOY - This ministry continues to help eliminate the diaper need in Brunswick County.  30% of Brunswick County families are below poverty level.  Diapers are expensive and SNAP food stamps do not cover their cost.  Babies need diapers for the first 1000 days of their lives.  If their need is not met, many health, psychological and family issues can result from the "Diaper Need".  Contact Maryann and Frank Darzano for more information (fdarzano@ec.rr.com)

EASTERN NC BLOOD DRIVES - All members of SPEC who can, are encouraged to join with other area residents in donating blood to blood drives sponsored by Eastern NC Red Cross.  Announcements of local ties and places for blood drives are published periodically in the SPEC Weekly Newsletter.  In addition, church members can set up appointments and receive advance notices of area blood drives electronically via : redcrossblood.org or by calling  1-800 - 733 - 2767.

EPISCOPAL RELIEF AND DEVELOPMENT - This ministry originated in 1940 as the Presiding Bishop's Fund of the National Church to assist international victims of WWII.  Its areas of assistance continued to grow for the next 60 years.  It was not until the year 2000 that it was broken off to become the current Relief and Development Organization.  It is headquartered in New York City and works primarily in the areas of community development and disaster relief.  It is active in South America, Africa, Asia and the mid- east.  However, the organization's major activity the last few years has been in disaster relief here in the states.  Its funding comes from both individual contributions and those of other organizations in the US. For more information contact Don Hill (wortondjh@ec.rr.com)

MISSION FUND - The purpose of St. Philip's Mission Fund is to create a perpetual source of financing for non-recurrent financial needs of St. Philip's Episcopal church, Southport, North Carolina. It is the intent of the Vestry of St. Philip's that the Fund will permit expansion of St. Philip's mission locally, nationally, and abroad, while helping to maintain a sound physical plant from which that mission can expand.  

The Mission Fund is a segregated, restricted fund itemized on the Financial Statement of St. Philip's.

The Fund has two accounts: 1) Outreach Account; 2) Capital Account.

Management of these two accounts is vested in the St. Philip's Mission Fund Management Team. The "Outreach Account" is for the purposes of outreach locally, nationally, and abroad. The "Capital Account" is for exceptional capital needs.

Mission Fund Grant Application forms are available by contacting:

ST. PHILIP'S EPISCOPAL CHURCH
P.O. Box 10476
Southport, North Carolina 28461
(910) 457-5643

For further assistance, contact the Rector or any member of the Management Team

MONDAY LUNCHES - The mission of this ministry is to feed people in need, regardless of their circumstances.  A healthy and nutritious meal is provided to all who come through our doors.  We are committed to improving the quality of life and restoring the dignity of those we serve by providing a meal and fellowship to any member of our community.  As Christians in this mission we are guided by the words of Christ, "For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me". Matthew 25:35  Contact Jimbo Smith (jasrds@atmc.net) for more information.

SOUTHPORT/OAK ISLAND FOOD PANTRY - This ministry is operated under the guidance of the Southport/Oak Island Interchurch Fellowship for the purposed of providing food to Brunswick Country's hungry.  Many SPEC members serve as volunteers - transporting and sorting contributed food stuff, stocking shelves, assisting patrons of the Pantry.  In addition, on the first Sunday of each month, members bring non perishable food items to church, which are taken to the Pantry for distribution.  The Church's youth hold a special fund (Souper Bowl) drive on Super Bowl Sunday, that is contributed to the Pantry's fight against hunger in Brunswick County. Contact Allen Feezor (afeezor@hotmail.com) for more information.

SOUTHPORT/OAK ISLAND INTERFAITH FELLOWSHIP - St. Philip's is a member of the Southport/ Oak Island Interfaith Fellowship (SOIIF).  SOIIF is a nonprofit organization formed to meet emergency needs, housing, and provide a food pantry for the Southport, Oak Island, Bolivia area.  SOIIF also provides services in nursing homes, sponsors the local crop walk and hosts Martin Luther King Jr. activities.  Glenn Kinberg (glennkinberg@outlook.com) and Jonathan Richmond (jonathanrichmond@bsafe.us) are the St. Philip's representatives to this ministry.

STREETREACH - St. Philip's Church coordinates with the Brunswick County Streetreach ministry to provide back to school backpacks for children supported by this ministry - the same ministry we support at Christmas with the Angel Tree.  At present, Streetreach supports around 300 children.  We coordinate to purchase the backpacks and specific supplies of pencils paper, notebooks, crayons and colored pencils at the back to school prices in order to maximize the quantity that we purchase.  Each backpack is filled with supplies and the 2017 cost was around $20.00 per backpack. Backpacks will be packed in early August by a team of St. Philip's volunteers and delivered to the Streetreach ministry.  Rose Dahill (rosedahill@aol.com) coordinates this ministry.

VWES (Virginia Williamson Elementary School) - This ministry provides new books for children that have been identified by their teachers as reading below grade level.  The concept is that by having reading material over the summer, these students will increase their reading skills.  Books, along with tote bags and reading hints for the parents/guardians are distributed prior to the end of the school year. Lou Mead (louinspt@gmail.com) and Carolyn Zarbock (pgzar502@gmail.com) can be contacted for further information.

WINTER SHELTER - Working in collaboration with the Southport Oak Island Interfaith Fellowship and Street Reach, the winter shelter program provides emergency shelter and food to individuals and families during the months of January and February. clients receive case management and are connected to services, jobs and longer term housing. Ida Parker (lparker@ec.rr.com) and Deacon Sally Learned (sallylearned@yahoo.com) coordinate this ministry.