Braes Interfaith Ministries
St. Philip’s is one of the founding member congregations of Braes Interfaith Ministries (BIM). BIM is a Judeo Christian ministry composed of 13 congregations representing many faiths. BIM was created to provide physical, spiritual, and emotional assistance to needy persons in nine Zip Code areas of southwest Houston.
BIM is located on the property of Willow Meadows Baptist on West Bellfort. It is a valuable source of food and other services. Our church is committed to providing, financial, non-perishable supplies and volunteers throughout the year. BIM also relies on many volunteers to make the organization run. Most of the member churches also provide volunteers who work as interviewers, food shelvers, sorters and packagers, garden workers who grow fresh vegetables in the BIM garden, as well as cashiers and merchandisers at the Resale shop. Our church also sponsors a Toiletries Drive in March (most of the BIM member congregations do a toiletries drive one of the months of the year). These drives supply families with needed items that are not eligible to purchase with Food Stamps. Church members also donate clothes and household items to the Braes Resale shop. The resale shop offers low cost items for sale and also provides clothes for BIM client families at low or no cost. In addition to the food pantry, BIM offers financial aid for utility bills, clothing vouchers and also annually provides school supplies for over 750 school age children.
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 $7 in food from the Food Bank. As a 501 (c)(3) charity and a member of the Houston Food Bank, it can receive low cost or no cost 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 to Room 101 in the Education Building. 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. For more information, see the Braes Interfaith Ministries website.
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.
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.
- 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.