Dictionary.com defines community service as "voluntary work, intended to be for the common good, usually done as part of an organized scheme." At St. Martin's community service is a large part of our ministry and outreach. We literally clothe and feed the needy with ministries such as our coat drive, diaper drive, and community meal. We minister to those in need of healing with the healing ministry and Des Plaines Chronic Pain Support Group and the Epilepsy Foundation Support Group.
Every year from May through September, St. Martin's host a monthly Community Meal on the second Friday of the month. There is a short service at 6 p.m. with the meal at 6:30 p.m. and a prayer circle at the bonfire following. All are welcome at the meal to come and enjoy or come and help serve.
At every meal we have a social worker come out from different agencies that may be able to help any in need. They have presented programs such as housing for veterans, discounted ride programs and much more.
Our pets are not just companions but also friends, confidants and even in some cases life-savers. Every spring and fall St. Martin's recognizes this through a Pet Blessing for our furry, scaled, or other animal friends. This includes dogs, cats, bunnies, hamsters, spiders, snakes and any other pet you would like to have blessed. Location is usually inside the sanctuary.. Watch for further news of the Pet Blessing.
“Are any among you sick? They should call for the elders of the church and have them pray over them, anointing them with oil in the name of the Lord” James 5:14
Healing comes in many forms. When we have failed, are hurting, are struggling or in pain, the healing that reaches deepest into our soul comes from being with other people and sharing in that struggle.
The Healing Ministry team brings “a part of St. Martin’s” to those who cannot attend our worship services due to illness, family crisis, rehabilitation or other individual situations. We can bring church news, scripture readings, communion, healing prayers or just a pair of sympathetic ears to them. We also offer healing prayers in the church on the last Sunday of the month at both services, and a prayer circle and healing prayers during the community meals.
Do you suffer from Chronic Pain? Do you wish you could talk to others who understand? St. Martin's hosts this group for pain patients that is led by pain patients. This is a safe environment where everything from the group is kept confidential. Membership to St. Martin's is not required, but members may decide to have themselves added to the prayer requests or request healing prayers at any time. The group meets on the second Sunday of every month at 1 p.m. The group is accessible through meetup.com, our facebook page, or you may contact Amanda Vandervort (email@example.com for more information or to RSVP.