Calvary Church has a strong history of outreach to the community, dating from its very first days. Not only do parishioners raise funds that help at home and abroad, they roll up their sleeves and actively collect, cook, and construct to help those in their own community.
Calvary is committed to involving its youth in community outreach as well. Middle and High school students have served meals, worked at the local food pantry, caroled at a retirement home and walked for charity.
Habitat for Humanity – The Episcopal parishes in the Asheville area sponsor building a Habitat house in Buncombe County every other year. In 2015, Episcopal House XI is being built in West Asheville. Calvary’s part includes funding and lots of volunteers. If you would be interested in helping out, please contact the parish office or Beth Lifka for information.
Food Pantry – The Food Pantry opened at Calvary Episcopal in April of 2009 seeking to help those needing food who come to our door. We are open on Saturday mornings from 8:30 till 11:00 AM.
Health Ministry at Calvary – Church Health Ministry reclaims the historic roots of health and healing. The Health Ministry meets quarterly and offers teaching , support and resources. Monthly blood pressure screenings, nutritional counseling, annual CPR training, Lenten Walk and other activities are available to the church and food pantry communities. Email Betty Robbins for more information.
Calvary Care Fund – This fund was established to provide for basic human needs among people in Buncombe and Henderson Counties. As determined by their Board of Trustees, the fund intends to assist individuals or families who have special needs that extend beyond the scope of their personal income.
Prayer Shawl Ministry– Knitters meet regularly to knit prayer shawls to give to folks who need comfort and healing. For the person knitting, the rhythmic movement becomes prayer for the one who will receive the shawl.
Angel Tree – An outreach activity of the EYC. The parish is invited to help provide Christmas for families in need from around the community. This is an annual event which begins in late November.
Mite Boxes for Mission – Includes Episcopal Relief and Development (ERD), Mission Manna, Heifer Project, United Thank Offering (UTO), and Food for the Poor. Throughout the year, the various boxes are distributed to households to be used for personal thanksgiving offerings and are collected and sent to the various organizations.
Other Outreach Projects – Calvary’s Outreach efforts include Thompson Child & Family Focus, the Episcopal Relief and Development Fund, the “Souper-Bowl” of Caring and the United Thank Offering. Additionally, several Calvary groups raise money through barbeques and food sales for their own outreach projects.
Rummage Sale – We are reorganizing our annual rummage sale.
New Member Ministry – Provides hospitality by welcoming and informing visitors and incorporating new members into life at Calvary Church. Members make phone calls to welcome visitors, serve as shepherds to smooth the way for visitors and newcomers, bake bread for visitor gift bags, and write articles and take photos of new members so they can be welcomed by the community at large.