Explore and exercise your calling or curiosity through these ministries at Saint Boniface! Check out the list of ministries below. For personal contact information for listed group leaders, consult your parish directory.
From one-time only to on-going activities, from local to global projects, from advocacy to financial to hands-on support, our opportunities for service offer something for every parishioner seeking to exercise their ministry as a Christian. Saint Boniface enjoys a long history of service through our community support, grants and emergency relief.
ALL FAITHS FOOD BANK
Sarasota’s All Faiths Food Bank
provides food for those in need throughout our community – nearly a quarter million meals each month. Year-round Saint Boniface supports our community's food pantry by collecting non-perishable food items in special bins provided in the Parish Hall. Click here
for a list of most needed items. So grab an extra can, jar, or box on your next shopping trip to support All Faiths Food Bank!
Boniface Eco-Stewardship Team seeks to include care of our environment in our call to be faithful stewards of God’s bounty. The team explores ways to become more ecologically aware and active, and provides educational opportunities for parishioners and community members. Contact Grace Riker to learn more.
Touch base with parishioners on their birthdays and anniversaries to let them know their parish family is thinking of them on their special day (If you didn’t get a call, then we don’t have your birthday or anniversary date! Contact the chuch office and let us know.). If phone calls and new friends are your thing, contact Carolyn Walker (349-5616 x316) to learn more.
El Hogar, the Home of Love and Hope in Tegucigalpa, Honduras is a mission begun by the Episcopal Church to provide a loving home and education in a Christian environment for abandoned, orphaned and hopelessly poor children, enabling them to fulfill their ultimate potential as productive human beings. The project includes an orphanage, school, an agricultural institute and a technical institute. El Hogar has become a primary focus for our outreach and the site of challenging and life changing mission trips for youth and adults. This follows our parish commitment to overseas ministry, previously in the Dominican Republic, Nicaragua, Mexico, Tanzania, and South Africa. For more information on youth mission trips contact associate rector Andi Taylor (941 349 5616 x 313)
EPISCOPAL RELIEF & DEVELOPMENT
Episcopal Relief & Development is the international relief and development agency of The Episcopal Church of the United States. It supports local responses to disasters and unique long-term initiatives that address poverty, hunger, economic development, and disease, including HIV/AIDS and malaria. As an independent organization (with its own 501(c)3 charitable status) since 1940, ERD takes its mandate from Jesus’ words in Matthew 25:37-40. Together with the worldwide Church, ecumenical agencies, and local organizations, ERD works toward achieving the Millennium Development Goals by helping to save lives and strengthen communities in the United States and more than 40 countries around the world. For more information click HERE or contact Ginny Hitchcock.
For recent parish updates on ERD’s work, click here.
Acting as one of many host congregations for Family Promise of Sarasota, Saint Boniface provides a rewarding and easy way to help our community’s homeless families in crisis. For one week at a time, four times a year our campus will be “home” for up to four families. They will spend the night here, and heave their dinner and breakfast here. (During the day they will be at the Family Promise Day Center in town, or at their places of work.) Parishioners have may ways to volunteer: preparing and serving meals, socializing with the families, helping school children with homework, playing with the younger children, staying overnight, helping set up the families’ rooms. See Reg Irvine for info.
FRONT OFFICE VOLUNTEERS
These volunteers perform many duties, including greeting office visitors, answering the telephone and helping the church staff with special projects. Shifts are from 8:30 - 12:30 or from 12:30 - 4:30 one day a week. For more info, contact Peg Wickham at 349-5616 x310, or e-mail the church office.
It began as an Angel Tree one December, collecting items for a community group. But we realized that this group, and others like it, had needs all year long, not just at Christmas. And so was born our Giving Tree. Throughout the year you can support the work of worthy groups by picking a tag from the Tree. Previous Trees have supported education and mentoring, parenting, hunger, eco-stewardship and our troops in Afghanistan. Watch the newsletter, our web and the leaflet for announcements of future Giving Trees: you can be an angel any month of the year! For information contact Nancy Rafter.
GLOBAL GIFT FAIR
The Global Gift Fair features hand-crafted items from artisans from around the world. All items are purchased from Fair Trade Federation members, who adhere to strict wage criteria, working conditions and environmental practices. Parishioners volunteer to select the items, set up and staff the annual weekend-long Fair. Proceeds benefit various outreach efforts. For information contact Colleen Buchmeier via email.
GRANTS FOR OUTREACH
To further the ministry of Christ in the world, the Grants Committee identifies individuals or organizations that are working to improve the lives of those in need. Committee members develop ideas and seek project suggestions from parishioners, as well as research all proposals. Since its inception in 1995, the Committee has recommended nearly a half million dollars in grants for local and global projects. Contact Ginger Pavloff or email the church office.
HABITAT FOR HUMANITY SARASOTA
Saint Boniface enjoys a long-time partnership with this organization. A faithful crew of parishioners meets year-round, on-site to build houses for deserving, low-income members of our community. No special skills or equipment are needed. To learn more or to volunteer contact parishioner Gary Buchmeier or contact the Habitat office at 941-365-0700.
PEACE & JUSTICE COMMITTEE
The Peace and Justice Committee attempts to answer the call to have a compassionate commitment to being at peace with one another and with God by identifying local and national issues of serious concern, and by developing strategies for individuals and the parish to courageously address those issues. Call David Evans or e-mail for more information.
Resurrection House is a day resource center for the local homeless community, centrally located in downtown Sarasota, and offers a variety of basic services, including showers, laundry and breakfast (weekdays). Counselors are also available to assist clients in need of replacement ID's, birth certificates, bus passes, and can help direct them to essential job and government resources, as well as substance abuse programs. Many volunteer opportunities are available, contact Reg Irvine for info.
SAINT JOSEPH WORKERS
Saint Joseph Workers gather Monday mornings at Saint Boniface. This crew of parishioners meets to help our Building and Grounds Manager with handyman projects that keep the campus spruced up. For more info, contact Building and Grounds Manager, Dick Walker 349-5616 x 312 or via email, or John Calhoun.
SAINT BONIFACE THRIFT SHOP
Saint Boniface Thrift Shop at 6622 Superior Avenue (in the Gulf Gate area), is an outreach ministry serving many people with its community grants. Since opening in 1985 they have contributed over $278,000 to local agencies and ministries. The store is staffed by volunteers working in teams of two or three, for a three-hour shift (10:00 am-1:00 pm or 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm, Monday - Friday; 10:00 am - 1:00 pm Saturday). Parishioners' donations of gently used clothing, small appliances and household items are appreciated. Contact Evelyn Ferguson or email the church office.