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Faith First - Parish Service Weekend

This service day is for the entire parish - all ages! Choose your activity. Read more to sign up online.
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2016-11-05 from 08:30 AM to 12:00 PM (America/New_York / UTC-400)
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Holy Infant will plan and host the November Families Moving Forward birthday party for those who are currectly in residence at this home for families transitioning out of homelessness. We will make decorations and plan games and activities at our Faith First event.(Later a group of HI parishioners will go to FMF to host the party.)
Or maybe outside work is more to your liking? Another group will travel to the YAM JAM on November 5 for a couple of hours of GLEANING.
A third service opportunity on November 5 will be assembling hygiene kits to donate to Urban Ministries and/or Catholic Charities. Children in faith development have been bringing in donations, but more are needed 
8:30 am Morning Refreshments 
9:00 am Prayer & Introduction
9:15 am Service Activities
  • Yam Jammers depart for gleaning (location TBD)
  • Hygiene bags assembly line (at Holy Infant)
  • Birthday Party Planning Stations (at Holy Infant)
11:45 am Closing Prayer
Noon   Clean Up

Yam Jam  

One major area of food waste in America is in farmers’ fields, where crops that don’t meet top-grade quality are left to rot or be plowed under. Gleaning is the traditional biblical practice of gathering crops that would otherwise be left in the fields to rot, or be plowed under after harvest. The Gleaning Network coordinates volunteers, growers, and distribution agencies to salvage this food for the needy.

Tens of thousands of volunteers from churches, synagogues, scout troops, senior citizen groups, and other organizations participate each year in Society of St. Andrew gleaning activities. Each year, tens of millions of pounds of produce are salvaged and given to the poor at no cost to them or to the food pantry or kitchen that feeds them.

Gleaners are people of all ages and income levels who want to give of themselves. Usually within 48 hours of picking the produce, hungry Americans receive the gleaned food. Each year, 35,000-40,000 people glean with us – to pick up over 20 million pounds of fresh, nutritious food for their hungry neighbors.


Families Moving Forward

  • Birthday Party Hosts (Saturday afternoons)
    • Each month FMF staff solicits support from our local community, recruiting volunteer groups to host a monthly birthday celebration for our guests. Hosts are asked to make all of the plans for the celebration (food, decorations, games, etc.). Parties are scheduled on Saturday afternoons between 12 pm and 4 pm, lasting no more than 2 hours.


Urban Ministries - prepare HYGIENE KITS

We like to hand out hygiene kits to all the clients who come for food and clothing Mondays through Thursdays. We hand out about 120 kits each week. Can you make some? Any quantity would be helpful! 

Here’s the basic information for packing a hygiene kit. If your kit doesn’t include all of this, we must wait to give them out until we receive a donation of the missing items to complete them. We have found that dollar stores are a great place to buy most items inexpensively:

Gallon size zip-top bag

Soap – 1 regular bar or 2 small bars

Shampoo – 2 hotel size or 1 small bottle

Conditioner – 2 hotel size or 1 small bottle

Lotion – hotel size or larger container that fits in the bag

Deodorant –1.8 oz. size


Toothpaste – small tube (2.8 oz.) or full size preferred (tube only; please discard the box)

Wash cloth

Disposable razor

Shaving cream – 6 oz (Barbasol brand generally has the best price)

OPTIONAL additions that are greatly appreciated:

Dental floss

Hand sanitizer

Mints, lip balm