Community Service

St. Philip's serves our community in many ways. We hope you will join us and help strengthen our community.

Braes Interfaith Ministries

St. Philip's is now a member congregation of Braes Interfaith Ministries (BIM). BIM is a Judeo Christian ministry composed of twelve congregations representing Protestant, Jewish, and Catholic faiths. BIM was created to provide physical, spiritual, and emotional assistance to needy persons in selected areas of southwest Houston (including zip code 77096). 

BIM is located on the property of Willow Meadows Baptist on West Bellfort. It is a valuable source of food and other services. A number of churches support BIM, but most sources come from St. Philip's members. Unlike years past when the Fellowship Sunday School class solicited non-perishable food, BIM has requested cash. Their reasoning is the fact that for every dollar donated, they can purchase $10 in food from the Food Bank.

Thus, the Fellowship Class now accepts cash for their ongoing community outreach effort.  If you would like to give to support to BIM, you can bring cash or a check on the last Sunday of each month. Write the check to the Fellowship Sunday School class, designating it to go to BIM. They have designated the last Sunday of the month to accept your contributions.

Below is a list of other support services that BIM provides to the community:

  • Provides school supplies to more than 1,000 children of clients that BIM serves
  • Resale and consignment shop, including clothes, furniture, collectables, and antiques.

A project of BIM coming up on May 1 is the Recycling to Strengthen Our Community and Save the Environment project.  Check ad in the April 20 edition of the Southwest News, page 3 (look for the green ad):  News

 

To learn more how you can help Braes Interfaith Ministries either as a volunteer or through your contributions, click on the the following link: BIM

 

Great Day of Service

We commit our time and talents in many ways through ongoing programs. One example is our annual Great Day of Service, through which we help clean, build, paint, and mend for members and organizations within our community. If you would like to join our efforts, please contact us.

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Transportation for University Place Residents

University Place Retirement Community (located behind Memorial Hermann Hospital on Beechnut) has several residents who would like to attend worship service at St. Philip's (maybe some would like to attend Sunday School as well). They, however, need someone to provide transportation for them to and from worship. In cooperation with University Place, we are attempting to develop a pool of individuals who would be willing to participate in this ministry. The actual details of when and how many times a month are still being worked out. This is a great opportunity for us at St. Philip's to reach out in ministry with a very special gift. If you are interested or you would like more information, please contact Rev. Lisa Callaway.

Hospital Visitation Team

This team works in conjunction with our pastor to make short visits to our members who are hospitalized. This worthwhile ministry can truly brighten the day for those who may be down while they are in the hospital. Contact Pastor Lisa Callaway for details.

Seafarer's Christmas Boxes

It is time to begin collecting items to put in your shoe boxes for our Seafarer's Mission project. Christmas boxes are collected to present to seafarers that visit the Port of Houston. We hope to deliver them to the Port of Houston before Christmas, but we will accept them until the first week of January. Suggested items to put in the boxes are located on a flier in the church office and Narthex of the Sanctuary. Individual contributions, especially Texas souvenirs, key rings, and white cotton men's work socks, are welcome.

Missions We Support

For additional information about any of the following missions, contact Vivian Oliver.

Bering Omega Community Services
Founded in 1986 by Bering Memorial UMC and Christ Church Cathedral, this organization answers the call to minister to the needs of people living with and dying from HIV/Aids. St. Philip's sponsors a special Christmas in July event to collect supplies needed for Omega House.
Heifer International
This is a non-profit, humanitarian organization dedicated to ending world hunger and saving the earth by providing livestock, trees, training, and other resources to help poor families around the globe become self-reliant.
Hospital Volunteers
The spirit of giving abounds throughout St. Philip's. Many members volunteer at local hospitals. Volunteers make a difference every day in how patients cope with health and life issues. From holding babies to answering phones, there are many ways you can help.
Open Door Mission
This is a Christ-centered emergency relief and rehabilitation shelter dedicated to meeting the needs of men in the community who are homeless, addicted, destitute, and handicapped.
United Methodist Committee On Relief (UMCOR)
A not-for-profit humanitarian agency of the United Methodist Church. Since 1940 UMCOR has provided relief in disaster areas, aiding refugees, confronting world hunger and poverty in nearly 100 countries including hurricane disaster victims here in the U.S.
Houston Area Women's Center
Provides shelter and support services to survivors of domestic and sexual violence. They educate and inform children, youth, and the community at large to prevent and eliminate the causes of domestic and sexual violence. St. Philip's conducts semi-annual clothing drives.
Wesley Community Center
Provides services to children, youth, adults, and seniors to help them achieve self-sufficiency, provides children with safe learning environments, and redirects youth from juvenile delinquency to productive adults.