There are many areas of mission at Calvary where we share the love of Christ in many acts of benevolence. Missions are what we do for people we do not know; people who are less fortunate and need a helping hand.
15% of the entire budget for Calvary is allocated exclusively towards Missions. Below are some of our missions that we support and are joined by our Community Partners. All amounts are approximations and adjust to seasonal variances of giving. We welcome all donations that are designated for those listed below.
The Beach Community Food Pantry - This is our "Flagship" mission as it is located on our southwest corner of the Church property serving hundreds of "patrons" each month who seek food assistance. In conjunction with our many Calvary volunteers who run the program we find tremendous support from the neighboring community, especially with our Community Partners (Rotary Club of IRB, Homeowners Association of IRB, Action 2000, Guppys Restaurant, City of IRB, Slyce Pizza, Crabby Bills, Pinellas Suncoast Fire & Rescue, COTI, St. Jeromes RC and other neighboring churches, etc.).
The Food Pantry is open every week, Mondays and
Wednesdays from 10am-12pm and on Thursdays
$30,000 is approximately received each year from
Church parishioners, Civic partners, Local business
and Restaurants and Municipal leaders, to collectively
feed nearly 1000 people per month in our Community.
The Directors Video: A History (see here)
Christmas Gift Bag Ministry - This mission began in 2004 with a purpose to provide Christmas gifts for underprivileged children in our diocese. Last year over four hundred boxes were filled with practical gifts and given to children belonging to some of our hispanic congregations. We start collecting items for the shoeboxes to be filled in September.
Youth Summer Mission Trip - Our middle and high
school youth are set each summer to go to a location of
one of the Group Inc. mission camps in the U.S. See the
video here of the 2016 summer trip to Nashville, TN
produced by one of our youth. In 2017 we went to
Kenosha, WI and in 2018 we went to Loveland, CO.
Group Week of Hope camps and in 2019 we joined EPIC Missions in Vero Beach.
Experiences to serve others outside of your familiar comfort zones, are important for young lives.
Types of experiences include work in retirement/nursing homes, Boys & Girls Clubs of USA, Easter Seals and March of Dimes program efforts, renovation and construction projects for senior citizens, Food Pantry and Thrift Shop service projects. Through these efforts we reach thousands of lives.
The families contribute:
60% of the total cost out of their own pocket. 20% is fundraising; 10% is scholarship, and
10% is from Calvary's operation.
$10,000 each year is offered, donated or raised for this very important Youth Program.
The Holiday Meals - This mission is an offshoot of The Beach Community Food Pantry, that began in 2004 for the purpose of taking meals to those who would not or could not come to us. They are the single mothers, the shut-in, the ashamed or the victimized who have been identified through the assistance of the Pinellas County Sheriff's Department as worthy recipients. In combination with the PCSD, Calvary joins up with the Suncoast Fire & Rescue IRB, The Rotary of IRB and Publix of Indian Rocks Rd. to package and deliver nearly 60 meals each Thanksgiving, Christmas and Easter, truly making this a Holiday for counting our blessings all around.
$3,000 each year, generated by donations to the BCFP, are directed to this tri-annual event.
Episcopal Relief & Development (ERD) - Episcopal Relief & Development works with Church partners and other local organizations to save lives and transform communities worldwide. We rebuild after disasters and empower people to create lasting solutions that fight poverty, hunger and disease. Working in close to 40 countries, our programs impact the lives of approximately 3 million people around the world. Our Diocesan assessment contributes each year to the ERD. To learn more, go to ERD. We give annually, ~1% of our budget to ERD, or about $3,000 towards this wider world ministry effort.
United Thank Offering (UTO) - This is a ministry of the Episcopal Church for the mission of the whole Anglican church in the world. The trademark blue UTO boxes are taken by parishioners who take them home and drop accumulated change into them. We have two collections, one in May and the other in October, whereas people take the boxes home and distribute loose change over a duration inside them. This comes from the earliest and biblical understanding of what has been referred as the "Mite" box.
$300 each year, is typically raised for this offering to the wider world ministry effort.
If you would like to learn more about the Missions Commission, contact: