At Church of the Holy Spirit one of our unofficial mottos is, "Not just a Sunday church." We live out this motto through our many mission and outreach programs.
Nights of Hospitality- Overflow Homeless Shelter
Church of the Holy Spirit is one of the churches in Greater Fall River churches that provides overflow overnight shelter for unhoused individuals during the winter months. We help coordinate teams of volunteers to staff this effort. This past year, we also hosted a Super Bowl party for the shelter guests.
We are committed to enriching the lives of elders by conditioning the physical and emotional well-being as they journey through the aging process. The Senior Fellowship is open to any senior adult regardless of religious affiliation. We promote and encourage individual strengths as we assess the needs of the seniors to formulate programs to keep the mind, body, and spirit healthy. We nurture programs to foster community support, pastoral care, and fellowship.
Our Senior Fellowship has evolved over the last 15+ years to service the needs of the greater FR area seniors. Our Senior Fellowship houses several programs to keep communication open to anyone of senior age wishing contact, for example:
1-The writing program contacts shut-ins or seniors needing a “thinking of you” note every month. This program also sends notes to those hospitalized or under rehabilitation for injury.
2-The Phone-a-friend programis a weekly phone tree contacting individuals for personal contact as a check-in service for seniors.
3-The Pastoral Care team reaches out to the homebound for those less independent or those who are in need of an additional spiritual connection (offering the sacrament is also available). Prayer shawls are made by a senior fellowship sub-committee.
Special Programs available for Seniors: “Get Moving Mondays” Exercise Program, Local Restaurant Outings, Phone-a-friend-& writing communication programs, Spiritual programs, Monthly Guest Speakers, Family Service Association Adult Day Health, Pen pal program, Friday Films, and Prayer Shawl pastoral program, to name a few of our regular programs as well as special “Holiday Happenings.”
We provide support for other CHS ministries- Sojourn Bears stuffing Party, “Clean out your Closet Day” in the spring and “Santa’s Shop” in December for the Thrift Shop, we donate fresh produce to the Homeless Ministry, and we are the caretakers of the Community Garden where we donate to local soup kitchens. In our monthly Outreach we collect, support, and transport donated items to several local agencies, each month a different cause. It is a huge endeavor taking time, donations, and transportation all year long!
Mission Hub/ Life Together
The Mission Hub is the new collaboration of Episcopal churches from across the South Coast working to do more for our community and to grow in our faith as we do it. Part of the Mission Hub program is the young adult internship house called Life Together. Interns (called Fellows) live together in a home setting to pray, grow in faith, and do internships to build a better South Coast. One works with the Greater Fall River Council of Churches and the other works at Centro Comunitario de Trabajadores in New Bedford. Another program of the Mission Hub is Project Discovery, a summer and afterschool program for children in northern New Bedford. And the Mission Hub is continuing to explore other ways it can mobilize people of faith in the South Coast to grow in faith through service.
Our Thrift Shop is open Wednesday and Saturday from 10am-12pm. We offer gently used, low cost clothing (men, women, and children's) and home goods to shoppers in our neighborhood. Donations are always welcome and graciously accepted! Come and check it out!
United Interfaith Action
United Interfaith Action has a local branch that works out of our church. U.I.A is a faith based organization that promotes social and economic justice and works to improve the quality of life of all residents in Southeastern Massachusetts with a specific focus on the cities of New Bedford, Fall River and Dartmouth, by recruiting and training clergy and lay leaders to act on issues of greatest concern, founding social action on the teachings of our different faith traditions. Please go to www.unitedinterfaithaction.org for more information.
Church of the Holy Spirit hosts several Narcotics Anonymous recovery groups. Please refer to the calendar on the home page for up to date meeting times.
Fall River Soup Kitchens
Church of the Holy Spirit hosts soup kitchens to feed the hungry on Fridays and the second and fourth Saturdays of the month. Please refer to the calendar on the home page for up to date times.