During each school year St. James’ Sunday School takes part in a
number of outreach projects. Leading the sock campaign, making sandwiches for Sacred Space, and promoting the school supplies drive all impact our local community so our Spring project widened our horizons. In order to support Episcopal Relief and Development projects overseas through their Gifts for Life Program we planted seeds and grew plants. We also received plants from members of our congregation to sell at our plant sale. While we were raising funds our Sunday Breakfast Club (5th-8th graders) had a chance to look at how they could help people overseas and to produce a ‘shopping list’ of items they hoped to purchase.
- A mosquito net – $12
- A health clinic visit – $15
- Medicine Pack and Training – $15
- Women’s Literacy Group – $25
- Share of a pig – $20
- Seeds, tools & training – $45
- A goat – $80
By exploring the website, www.episcopalrelief.org, the group was able to work out how each item would benefit a family or community.
Following our Plant Sale we were $77 short of the funds needed. Rather than shorten the list the children resolved to continue to fundraise and shortly after that our Cub Scouts, Pack 163, offered to help us meet our goal.
Thank you to everyone who planted, watered, potted, donated, purchased and stepped up to help with this project!
~Jan Scrutton, Children’s Minister