Almighty and most merciful God, we remember before you all poor and neglected persons whom it would be easy for us to forget: the homeless and the destitute, the old and the sick, and all who have none to care for them. Help us to heal those who are broken in body or spirit, and to turn their sorrow into joy. Grant this, Father, for the love of your Son, who for our sake became poor, Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Prayer for the Poor and the Neglected, Book of Common Prayer
St. James has a long tradition of service to our local community, our country, and the world – an outgrowth of love fostered by our love for one another. Not only are our annual contributions to the Missionary Asking by the Diocese used for mission work far outside our Parish, they also make possible the writing of grants and other requests to return some of the mission money to our local recipients. Below are a few examples of outreach as exemplified by St. James.
We are partners in the local operation of Family Promise, an ecumenical program providing shelter, food, counseling, and resources for homeless families to help them find permanent housing and jobs. The guest families use our facilities four times a year, and 30 to 60 volunteers team up to provide food, companionship, and transportation to school, jobs, and the Day Center.
St. James members help provide food for members of our community who are in need. The Soup Kitchen teams work out of the Salvation Army Center in downtown Conroe, serving lunch to hundreds of persons twice a month.
Crossroad Bible Institute
Crossroad Bible Institute, is a correspondence Bible study between prisoners and volunteers. The Crossroad Bible Institute acts as an intermediary, which provides a safe environment for both parties. Research shows that only 14 percent of released prisoners will commit another crime if they have studied the word of God while initially incarcerated, compared to 75 percent of prisoners who do not study. Participation in the program takes about an hour a week. To volunteer, contact the Church Office (936) 756-8831.