The Outreach Committee supports a number of organizations and ministries both locally and globally. We also have many church members who do mission work in a variety of these settings as well as in global mission work. The committee also sponsors local service events. Headed up by co-chairs, Sue Chase and Lily Derbyshire, a deep team of members of the community and congregation come together to build relationships and service. If you're interested in becoming a part of our committee or have an idea for a project contact Sue & Lily through the Church office at 401-635-8472.
Outreach Potluck Supper:
Date to be announced in January! Check back soon for details!
All ages are welcome to our annual potluck supper!
"Circle of Friends" Dinner:
Established in 1999, Circle of Friends is a monthly social program for teenagers and adults with disabilities. Each month, disabled teens and adults, together with family and community volunteers, gather from 5:00-7:00 pm for an activity and a meal. On September 16th, volunteers from the Outreach Committee provided a picnic lunch following apple picking at Young Family Farm. The group celebrated long time member, Abby Taylor's 40th birthday! Happy Birthday Abby!
One Great Hour of Sharing:
This project, sponsored by the United Church of Christ, is an annual appeal which helps people both near and far in disaster relief, funds for economic development and basic needs, such as good shelter, tools, medicines and literacy.
For more information, check out the United Church of Christ's website at http://www.ucc.org
Thanksgiving and Christmas Baskets:
These community sponsored projects, organized by the LC Churches, the LC Food Bank and the Wellness Center in LC, provide complete meals for approximately 50 eligible families at each holiday. Wilbur's General Store has been very generous in donating the turkeys for the Thanksgiving baskets. We also participate in a community wide Giving tree program which matches donated Christmas gifts with families in need. This past Christmas season was a great success in offering presents to needy families. Keeping the presents unwrapped allowed families to better match the presents for their children.
Little Compton Food Bank:
The churches of Little Compton work together to stock our local food pantry. Volunteers staff the pantry on Fridays from 9-10 and Saturdays from 9-10 am.
Rhode Island Conference of Churches Ebola Fund: The Rhode State Council of Churches (RISCC) initiated an effort to raise money for food for Liberia. Rhode Island has one of the largest populations of Liberians in America and these Rhode Islanders are in frequent contact with their family and friends in Liberia. One of the most urgent needs was for basic food stuffs, such as rice and beans. Congregations were asked to take a special offering on one or more of the first three weekends in October. As money was collected it was sent to the Generations for Christ Mission Church in Sinkor, Liberia (a suburb of Monrovia). That church used the funds to purchase food stuffs in quantity and distribute the food through other congregations in the area. They expected to have food being distributed by mid-October.
On September 17th, members of the congregation assembled relief buckets to distribute to hurricane relief efforts in Florida & Texas. Each bucket contained items such as laundry soap, cleaning cloths, sponges, and dish soap. The buckets were delivered to Newman Church and coordinated with Church World Service. If you'd like to contribute to the cost of the buckets, contact Sue Chase or Lily Derbyshire through the Church office at 401-635-8472.
The RI Haiti Task Force was founded 25 years ago and has dedicated its mission to providing education, health care, orphan relief to the people in Haiti. View on (see our LINKS PAGE)
One of our largest projects is our support to the Haiti Task Force. We have had members travel to Haiti and lead workshops. Recently, we raised money through the "one child, one egg" initiative. For more on the Haiti project follow the link below.
Provides technology for enabling persons with conditions such as ALS, muscular dystrophy, multiple sclerosis and Machado's disease, and visual impairments to speak, write, and access the internet to live a more independent lifestyle.
Is a scholarship program which provides educational opportunities, after-school and summer programs, tutoring and mentoring for high-risk, low-income children who have a parent with a history of incarceration and/or substance abuse. Programs range from K-4th grade with the goal being the completion of high school and continuing on to higher education. Our church makes an annual donation to this program.
Little Compton Assistance Association:
Formed in 1981 as a non-partisan, non-profit, charitable group supported by four local churches, in order to provide an ecumenical outreach in Little Compton and Tiverton. The organization provides support to meet emergency assistance for residents with the intent to compliment and/or support existing social service activities provided by state, county or town governments. The MOC was able to increase our donation to the LCAA from $1,400 to $2,000 this year as a result of the increase in our budget. IF YOU ARE IN NEED, contact our church office and if you would like to make a donation, you can send checks payable to our church -marked LCAA. Thank you for your generosity.
A non-profit, parent to parent, mentoring program.
Through weekly mentoring, experienced volunteers share their parenting experience with young families in need of support. We support this program with donations and volunteer hours. See the LC Wellness Center link.
Little Compton Wellness Center:
This center provides a number of programs to residents of Little Compton and the surrounding area. For more information, check out their website.
Bike and Build Coastal Drift: In July of 2017, members of the outreach group at St. Andrews by-the Sea and members of our Outreach Committee hosted 32 young adult cyclists who were riding from Acadia, Maine to New York City for Bike and Build. This organization raises funds and makes grants to groups that build affordable housing. Along the way, the group actually participates in the building or rehab projects. The group slept in sleeping bags at St. Andrews. Members of both churches prepared and served a plentiful pot luck supper – the leftovers became lunches for the group for the next day for their 95-mile ride to No. Stonington, CT. Everyone agreed that this was a successful event for an extraordinary group of young adults. We’ve heard from them that the remainder of the trip was very successful and that they would love to stop over in Little Compton again next year. We all agree!!!