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Outreach

Local Outreach

Operation Santa is on for 2020!

During the Christmas season, parishioners are invited to select a letter written to “Santa” by a child in need and purchase gifts for that child. This year we are providing presents for 51 children living in a nearby homeless shelter.

  1. Click on the image below to review the letters. Each letter is numbered 1-51.
  2. Select a letter from the “AVAILABLE LETTERS” list, and email eminder@churchoftheincarnation.org with the number of your requested letter. You will receive a confirmation email within 24 hours. Please wait for the confirmation before purchasing gifts.
  3. Participants are asked spend approximately $50 per child.
  4. Presents must be gift wrapped and delivered to the Parish House (via hand or mail/courier) by Sunday, December 13. Make sure to include a copy of the letter, or the letter number and child’s name, with your gift.

AVAILABLE LETTERS:

6, 10, 12, 13, 15, 16, 18, 19, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 27, 29, 30, 34, 36, 37, 38, 39, 40, 42, 43, 45, 46, 47, 50

Mission Discernment Workshops

We have a wonderful opportunity to work with Diocesan Deacon Denise LaVetty as she leads four mission discernment workshops. These take place at 7:00 p.m. via Zoom on the following Tuesdays:
  • October 13
  • November 10
  • December 8
  • January TBD
Using a well-tested and well-respected format, Deacon Denise will lead us as we discern our call to new mission and a new outreach commitment. Contact the Rev. Rik Pike to learn more.

Moravian Open Door

Incarnation is regularly involved in projects at Moravian Open Door (MOD), a transitional housing facility for homeless adults.

Our ministry with MOD is characterized by mutual joy in fellowship.  We don’t just serve; we come together to laugh and have fun. This is most clearly seen and felt during our bingo nights, theme parties, and other activities that foster an environment of collaboration and celebration. Volunteers from our church cook, collect prizes, plan games, and then bring it all to the MOD common room for a good time to be had by all.  While we also do projects off site – holding a linens drive, writing birthday cards to the residents, making sandwiches and goodie bags – we most enjoy bringing the Incarnation and MOD communities together. Read about this ministry in the August 2018 issue of Moravian Magazine. (pp. 12-13)

During the pandemic, we are finding creative ways of serving MOD from afar. Incarnation also has a seat on the MOD Board of Directors, enabling us to provide further assistance.

Computer Help for Seniors — Senior Resource Day (currently on pause)

Responding to current needs of senior citizens, some of whom have limited experience with computers and social media, Church of the Incarnation has developed a unique outreach program to teach and assist those who would like to learn computer skills or put the knowledge they already have to better use. Three times a year, Incarnation holds “Senior Resource Day,” when parish volunteers offer one-on-one tech assistance to help seniors in the neighborhood navigate the Internet and email, video chat, social media, smartphones, and tablets (such as iPads).

One of the first attendees of Senior Resource Day asked to get connected to Twitter so she could stay in touch with her granddaughter living far away. An 84-year-old who said her parents lived well into their 90’s decided to set up a profile at a dating site. Others have learned computer skills and how to use new mobile apps.

Senior Resource Day continues to be a meaningful experience for seniors and volunteers alike, a testament to the power of ministry in Jesus’ name. To quote one volunteer, “I got a hug from one of the seniors, as she was so happy with what we were able to do for her. I certainly made a new friend. It really felt good and for me; the presence of the Holy Spirit was evident. We get so much from helping our neighbors as Christ taught us.

To get involved or to learn more about our local outreach programs, please contact the Rev. Adrian Dannhauser.


Incarnation Center

Incarnation Center was founded as “Incarnation Camp” in 1886. Now a 700-acre site in Ivoryton, Connecticut, east of New Haven, the facility includes almost 60 buildings and a mile-long private lake. It is open 365 days a year for overnight and day camps, conferences, nature study and recreation. The Incarnation Vestry annually elects the governing Board of Directors, which has representatives from our parish and 25 other sponsoring parishes. A link to the camp is provided; its main phone number is 860 767-0848.


Music with James

Incarnation hosts Music with James on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 4:00 to 4:45 p.m. in our Assembly Hall. Music with James is a high-energy music class for children ages 4 months to 4 years. The children sing along, dance, and play instruments with each song — shaking bells and maracas, tapping tambourines, drums, castanets and xylophones. Animal puppets, bouncing balls and a colorful parachute add to the fun. All classes are drop-in and parishioners receive a reduced rate.


Link Parish in London

In 2009, our parish established a link with a Church of England parish in the Diocese of London, with which the Diocese of New York has a “companion” relationship. Our link is St. Vedast Alias Foster, located in the ancient City of London, just behind St. Paul’s Cathedral. Incarnation members visiting London are encouraged to attend St. Vedast and to make themselves known to the clergy and parishioners there.  


Spiritual Outreach

“Ask me for a blessing. God’s grace is meant to be shared.”

Each Tuesday at 9:00 a.m., we put out a sign with this message in front of the church. One of the clergy stands outside to offer blessings and prayers for healing to those who pass by. The Rev. Adrian Dannhauser has started blogging about this ministry at askmeforablessing.com.

 

 

 



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