Resurrection is committed to a Kingdom-building ministry in the global and Greenwood communities through our giving and outreach programs.
Our church gives substantially to several local organizations, including the Soup Kitchen, the Food Bank, Greater Greenwood United Ministries, Healthy Learners, Meg’s House, Pathway House, Humane Society of Greenwood, Community Initiatives, and the Greenwood Cancer Fund. Overseas, we share in our diocesan mission in Cange, Haiti. In particular, we helped to build and still support the Bishop William A. Beckham School in Blanchard, Haiti, named for a former rector of our parish and bishop of our diocese.
We are a downtown parish and live our ministry out in the heart of the city. Greenwood’s Soup Kitchen got its start in the basement of our Parish House, and many of our members were involved in the creation of United Ministries. We’ve built Habitat houses in several locations. We seek to raise up workers for all our outreach ministries and to discern God’s call to deepen our servant ministry.
Resurrection directs this after-school tutoring program for elementary school children. Volunteers meet with children on Monday and Wednesday afternoons during the school year for assistance with homework and learning challenges. For more information, contact Elizabeth Floyd.
Marion Avenue Community Park
Resurrection is blessed to own a beautiful tract of greenspace along Marion Avenue behind the church buildings. Parish members and our Westside neighbors cultivate a community garden and recreation space there. The Park has helped Resurrection sustain a life-giving relationship with Macedonia Baptist Church and the Westside Community Club. The area provides space for parish life and formation events throughout the year. Several parish members also created a prayer garden in Park, and we enjoy outdoor worship services there regularly. Plans are underway to build a prayer labyrinth in the Park..
Resurrection recently undertook a commitment to support two elementary schools in our community: Mays Elementary and Rice Elementary. A committee led by Sandra Lewis maintains a clothes closet from which we donate clothes to children in need attending those schools. We look forward to expanding this mission partnership further in the months ahead.
Supporting our Mission Partnerships
Most of Resurrection’s contribution to its Mission Partnerships comes from fundraisers and our monthly in-kind donation drive, Second Sunday Give. On the second Sunday of each month, we collect in-kind donations for one of our supported charities coordinated by the partnership liaison. Each year on the Saturday before Mardi Gras, a committee of Resurrection members orchestrates our Beads & Bling event, a silent auction and dinner featuring creole delights, oysters, and, of course, King Cake! Each year on Thanksgiving Day, we sponsor a 5K road race in the Gatewood subdivision coordinated by Kim Russell. . Resurrection is a remarkably generous congregation that regularly gives to our mission partnership budget in addition to their support for these planned events. The Mission Partnerships Committee is charged with coordinating our parish’s support. For more information, contact the committee chair, Jan Puzar.