“Love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.” This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: “Love your neighbor as yourself.” Matthew 22:37-39
Murfreesboro is one of Tennessee’s fastest-growing and most diverse communities. But all too often, we turn our eyes away from its impoverished neighborhoods and those in need.
At St. Paul’s, we believe that the heart of the Christian life is a relationship with God through Jesus Christ. And because God first loved us by reaching out to us in Christ, we reach out to others in love as well. Jesus taught that when we serve our neighbors we’re serving Christ too, and growing closer to Him. As the body of Christ, we seek to be God’s hands and feet in the world, putting the love of Jesus into action all around us.
Our church has a longstanding legacy of serving needs right here in our own neighborhood. We’ve partnered with local agencies and schools, and started several programs ourselves. We hope you will find a way to serve with us.
Ways to Serve
Angels Tree Ministry—This effort partners with Mercury Court and Oakland Court preschools served by Murfreesboro Family Services to provide Christmas for 3, 4, and 5-year-old children attending these preschools. These children would not receive Christmas gifts were it not for the generosity of our parish.
Boys & Girls Club Volunteers—Parish members who help to empower young people, especially those who need us most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens.
Christmas Card Project—Spread holiday spirit and joy by providing Christmas cards and postage to the homeless and working poor clients at a few non-profit ministries in Murfreesboro. Volunteer to drop off cards and to pick up the addressed cards. Donate Christmas cards and postage.
Coldest Nights Ministry—A drop-in emergency shelter program when overnight temperatures fall below 30℉ for homeless women without children. It provides food, a hot shower, a warm place to sleep, and compassion.
CONNECT Ministry—To offer a supportive location for people to come and address their financial needs and other problems they may be facing. With a limited budget each session, we attempt to help as many as possible; gas for vehicles, bus tickets, food certificates, utility payments, prescription assistance, and rental assistance. Through focused listening, we will look for additional needs and offer direction to other suitable resources. Our hope is to offer CONNECTIONS to get people to a better place.
Craft and Bake Sale—Fundraiser that sells member-donated items such as cupcakes, cookies, and artisanal handicraft. Proceeds go toward the clergy’s discretionary fund, which is a resource to help impoverished community members.
Death Row Prison Visitors—Members dedicated to ministering to those housed at the Riverbend Maximum Security Institution awaiting execution.
Friday Serving Lunches—On the second and third Friday of each month, a team of six people serves lunch to the homeless and working poor at The Journey Home Day Shelter. Volunteer shift is two hours (11 am to 1 pm). This is a great way to be Christ’s hands and feet in the world along with fellow parishioners.
Healthy Gardens—Coordinated by Inspiritus (formerly Lutheran Services in Tennessee) this program focuses on empowering families in low-income housing to grow their own food right outside their door. It provides materials, instruction, and ongoing support.
Interfaith Dialogue—This ministry seeks to foster a cooperative, constructive, and positive interactions between people of Christian, Islamic, and other religious traditions.
Journey Home—A Christian community outreach program that assists the homeless and disadvantaged of Rutherford County. Our members help by serving monthly dinners and clothing drives.
Outreach Committee—Board that oversees and supports new and existing outreach programs ministering to the impoverished within the St. Paul’s downtown footprint.
Patterson Park School Lunch Program—Every other month during the academic year, we pack and provide lunches or 30 children.
Quarterly Food Drive—This event helps maintain the stocks of non-perishable foods at the Rutherford County Emergency Food Bank available for underserved residents of Rutherford County.
Rutherford County Habitat for Humanity—Ministry that helps people build safe, affordable housing. We participate in Panel Build events within the local community that constructs all of the walls in just five hours.
Salvation Army Bell Ringers—Each Christmas members volunteer to ring bells outside local businesses. As a bell ringer, you are a vital fundraiser for a campaign that offers seasonal care such as Christmas food and toy baskets, or a gift for residents of elderly care facilities.
Sunday Dinner for the Homeless—On the second Sunday of each month, a group brings and serves dinner to the clients of The Journey Home.
Undie Sunday—St. Paul’s accepts donations of new underwear, socks, and new or gently used bras in support of the “Undie Sunday” event organized for The Journey Home, a local agency striving to humanize the homeless and disadvantaged by providing customer service-based street outreach. In partnering with the Church of the Holy Cross, our congregations have collected hundreds of items for The Journey Home Clothing Closet.
United Thank Offering (UTO)—A fundraising effort that features a blue mite box to collect offerings that support innovative mission and ministry throughout The Episcopal Church and Provinces of the Anglican Communion.