Each of the parishes represented in the Shaped by Faith grantee list below has reached deep within themselves to determine how they could better engage their communities and sister parishes. This type of engagement embodies the spirit of Shaped by Faith. We are all greater together than we are separately, as we do the work of sharing the good news of God’s kingdom and caring for the least among us. I am excited to see how our work unfolds over the next few years.
Congratulations to the 2022 Shaped by Faith Grant recipients.
-The Rev. Kevin Barron, Associate for Congregational Vitality and Shaped by Faith
Harrisburg Convocation: Grace Place at Saint Andrew’s Shippensburg
Partners: Saint Andrew’s Shippensburg, Grace Place Ministry Center, Circle of Love Ministries, Franklin County Gleaning Project, Shippensburg University Counseling Center
“We are called by faith to co-create with God and our community the resources and connections needed to rise above adversity by creating a ministry center in our neighborhood which addresses the physical, mental, and spiritual needs of those who live around us.”
Grace Place will be a ministry center located at the former residence of the Administrator of the Episcopal home, located next to St. Andrew’s Parish Life Center.
We will partner with (a) Shippensburg University Counseling Department to provide free counseling for children, youth and adults; (b) Circle of Love Clothing bank ministry to provide clothing for those coming into or out of homelessness; (c) Oasis of Love Church to provide a site for excess grocery store distribution; (d) The Gleaning Project to exchange excess produce from our gardens and distribute donated produce from farms in surrounding areas to our neighbors in need, as an extension of our ongoing community meal program; (d) A household goods pantry will be created through donations by parish members which will be distributed weekly along with the fresh produce at our community meals.
Lancaster Convocation: Music Consultation
Partners: Saint Thomas, Lancaster, Hope Church, Manheim, Saint Paul, Columbia
“The goal of our grant application is to: assess what each parish has in terms of musical assets, talents and abilities; support each parish to design a plan for enriching their own musical ministry; and develop a critical mass of musical talent and resources that can benefit all parishes.
“There is a growing spirit of collaboration within the Lancaster Convocation that recognizes the value of pursuing opportunities together that will “lift all our boats.” Our proposal was developed in that context to address a shared need that many of our parishes have.”
Project Submitted by The Rev. Martha Harris, St Luke’s, Mount Joy and Saint Paul, Columbia
Northern Tier Convocation: Regional Missioner
Partners: Christ Church, Coudersport, Saint Andrew’s Tioga, Saint James, Mansfield
“Our 12-month goal is to continue to serve all three congregations currently involved in project, to grow the congregations and to increase our community presence. We want to increase our collaboration, not only within these three parishes and with the diocese, but also between the other churches of our convocation and other community partners involved in outreach to our communities.
We are scheduling an acolyte training program. We hope to soon reinstitute other Christian Education programs. We are looking at the offering from St. Paul’s Wellsboro for a gathering of our youth and other youth program opportunities.”
Project Submitted by The Rev. Janis Yskamp, Northern Tier Missioner
West Branch Convocation: Regional Missioner
Partners: Trinity Pro-Cathedral, Williamsport, Good Shepherd, Montoursville, Our Savior, Montoursville, All Saints, Williamsport
“The presence of a Missioner in the community will increase the vitality of the parishes. Vitality will also be increased by the sharing of resources between parishes. These resources will include parishioner knowledge and expertise, information, and decreased duplication of services such as adult education. The increased community presence will also increase the vitality of the parishes involved in this grant application.”
“The parishes involved in this grant along with the Missioner will discover their communities in a deeper way. They will also discover the gifts of both the wider community and the other parishes in the West Branch convocation.”
Project Submitted by The Rev. Lauri Kerr, West Branch Missioner
West Branch Convocation: Community Garden at Trinity Pro-Cathedral
Partners: Trinity Pro-Cathedral, Park Place, Penn College, Oxford House, Williamsport Firehouse, Penn College, US Fish & Wildlife, Lowe’s
“The hope is to grow fresh, healthy food in a thriving garden, to create a sense of community and cooperation among local gardeners, to promote positive neighborhood relationships, and to maintain a safe environment. To help achieve this, the beds will be provided free of charge to the gardeners.
Plant seedlings will also be free of charge to participants, who are expected to plant and maintain their beds while offering excess vegetables to their neighbors. Parishioners, US Fish & Wildlife Service, and neighbors will provide volunteer personnel power to build the garden. Operating costs will be sustained by the church as its parishioners seek to empower our community by providing guidance and support to the gardeners within our neighborhood.”
Project Submitted by The Rev. Canon Ken Wagner-Pizza
Lancaster Convocation: Refugee Family Resettlement at Saint John’s Lancaster
Partners: Saint John’s, Lancaster, Church World Services, the Chestnut Hill neighborhood, Mechanic Grove Church of the Brethren
“Our hope is that with the help of our neighbors, we may be able to assist a refugee family’s resettlement and integration into the city of Lancaster within 18-24 months. By incorporating our church neighbors in these efforts, we hope to build a strong social network for the family, as many of the church’s parishioners live outside the city. This neighborhood partnership also strengthens the networking possibilities as we attempt to secure employment, locate future housing, provide transportation, and all the other functions of the subcommittees. The goal is for the refugee family to be self-sufficient by the end of the second year.”
Submitted by Ms. Leslie Morgan
Southern Convocation: Community Fair at Saint Mary’s Waynesboro
Partners: Saint Mary’s Waynesboro, New Hope Shelter, Waynesboro Human and Community Services, Faith Alive Ministries
“St. Mary’s, in partnership with three non-profits and community service organizations, will be hosting what is to be the first of the annual block party for the greater Waynesboro area. The purpose of the block party is to break down barriers between low-income and historically marginalized/disadvantaged communities,
and to provide them with a safe and approachable forum in which to ask questions, receive information on services and seek help. Additionally, this block party will be an opportunity for neighbors to strengthen bonds, develop a sense of community and aid in post-pandemic recovery through mutual support.”
Project Submitted by The Rev. Linda Watkins