Community Outreach

Throughout scripture and our Anglican tradition, there are mandates for social ministry. In Matthew 25:34-46, Jesus directs us to feed the hungry, give drink to the thirsty, invite in the stranger, clothe the naked, look after the sick, and visit prisoners. James 1:22-25 tells us not only to listen to the Word, but to act on it.

Our Baptismal Covenant, the Catechism and General Thanksgiving in The Book of Common Prayer, specifically direct us to love others; to strive for justice, freedom and peace in the world; to respect the dignity of all persons; and to help provide the necessities of life for those less fortunate than ourselves.

The Chapel of the Cross responds to these mandates through parish education, volunteer outreach opportunities, and charitable giving on both domestic and global fronts.  Our community partnership program provides funding to organizations over a three-year period.  Our discretionary outreach provides one-time funding for special needs.  Our famous ABC sale annually returns its entire proceeds to the community.  Global Mission sponsors international relationships and mission trips.

The Chapel of the Cross also makes its building available to some 65 community and University groups at no charge.  We are home to the Johnson Intern Program and the Chapel of the Cross Preschool.  We also have strong ties to St. Paul AME Church and the Episcopal Church of the Advocate.

Community Partnerships