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St. Matthew Trinity participates in the mission support of the New England Synod and the ELCA (Evangelical Lutheran Church of America). These missions, include World Hunger, Disaster Response, Malaria Campaign, etc.
God’s Work. Our Hands: The ELCA encourages every congregation in the denomination to have a weekend in which we serve our community. St. Matthew Trinity has had an outdoor worship service and potluck lunch, a blessing of the animals for the community, and we have made bag lunches to serve to people who are homeless. Every year there are new opportunities to serve God with our hands in our community!
Soup Kitchen – St. Matthew Trinity participates with 18 other churches at the Saturday evening soup kitchen in Pawtucket. It is hosted at the Pawtucket Congregational Church and each participating church designs their own menu for the 30-70 people who may come for the evening meal. Food is prepared beforehand and brought to the Congregational Church and each church serves the guests their meals. Our church usually makes more food than needed, so that we can intentionally give additional food to the guests to take with them. A few weeks before we are serving, the head of the Outreach Board announces that we will be serving at the soup kitchen once again. The menu plan is put out online and 8-15 people who serve are invited to make or give one item of food. We encourage new people to participate in this ministry, as it is indeed a blessing to serve with one another on behalf of the poor.
Darlington Early Childhood Center (DECC) is housed at St. Matthew Trinity Lutheran Church, but does not have a religious component to its’ child care program. DECC began in 1985 as a service to the local community, which continues to need a high quality, early education program. We have 5 classrooms and care for children ages 18 months old to 5 and 6 years old in our full-day Kindergarten program. We are open from 7am – 5:30pm. The DECC staff are early education professionals who care deeply for the children in their classrooms. They model patience, kindness, and social skills in a fun indoor and outdoor setting. DECC has been fortunate to have many teachers on staff for a number of years. Please contact the director, Melissa Tourgee, at 401-725-6240 or firstname.lastname@example.org, at any time to schedule a tour of our classrooms.
Mission of the Month – each month the church community is invited to make additional donations to other important ministries, including local nonprofits doing important social service work in Rhode Island. These have included the shelter at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, the Blackstone Valley Children’s Emergency Shelter, and Crossroads Shelter in Providence. We also include Lutheran ministries like Disaster Response, the End Malaria Campaign, and we focused great effort to assist people in Liberia during the Ebola crisis. The mission of the month also includes raising scholarship funds so that we can offset some of the registration fees for children to attend Camp Calumet, the excellent Lutheran camp in Lake Ossipee, New Hampshire.
AA and GA – Alcoholics Anonymous and Gamblers Anonymous have used the St. Matthew Trinity church building for many years for weekly meetings. We are glad to offer a location to support those community members in these critical self-help programs.