Episcopal Church Women, Men’s Group, and St. Mary’s Guild all contribute to local, national, and international charitable organizations through their activities (see their pages on this site) and through direct donation. We also have a “Third Sunday Project” which receives the “loose change” in the collection plates on that day of the month.
Ministry at the Women’s Prison (Camille Griffin Graham Correctional Institution on Broad River Rd., Columbia)
We celebrate the Eucharist twice a year at the women’s prison, and about 12-15 All Saints’ parishioners attend each time to assist at the altar, provide music, hand out bulletins, and more. Prison volunteers have to apply ahead of time and comply with the prison screening process.
In 2016, Rev. Sexton organized a weekly “Blessing & Healing Circle” for women at the prison. Three other Episcopal priests participate in this program on a rotating basis. Prison volunteers from All Saints’ and the various other parishes are welcome to come to assist with this program.
We also collect clothing, magazines, and books for donation to the prison.
This photograph was taken outside of the prison entrance after one of our Eucharist services:
Resurrection Ministries “Hot Dogs for the Homeless”
All Saints’ is one of the participating churches in this ministry which provides lunch to about 130 people each Saturday. Sometimes we prepare the hot dog meal, and sometimes we simply volunteer. This is an all ages ministry, so entire families can come and help. At various times during the year we also collect clothes or hygiene products to donate, and our children have also made notecards which we give with a stamped envelope, so people can contact family members.
The “Little Free Library” at All Saints’
In response to a suggestion by Cayce Mayor Elise Partin that churches host “Little Free Libraries” on site, we contacted a local Eagle Scout who was building them. Our Library was dedicated after Sunday services on February 7, 2016 (see photo below), and Mayor Partin (in red coat on right) was present.
The All Saints’ community has donated children’s books for the Library, and the children at our church check on when the Library needs replenishing. Little Free Libraries provide books for anyone to access 24 hours a day. Borrowers can keep a book, replace it in our Library or any other Little Free Library, or donate books to our site. Our Library is registered on the Little Free Library website.