The Gospel imperative to feed the hungry, care for refugees, widows and orphans, and love our neighbors is at the heart of the outreach efforts of Zion Episcopal Church.
Zion Episcopal Church organizes clothing and toiletry collections for Loaves and Fishes. This brings new and gently used clothes to those in need in New Haven. A group from Zion works at Loaves and Fishes several times a year.
We support Chapel on the Green in New Haven by taking turns with other area churches in serving meals to those participating in this outdoor church service. Every Sunday at 2:00 pm people gather on the Upper Green (directly behind Trinity) for a brief (25-30 minute) service of Holy Eucharist in all sorts of weather. This service has attracted a wide variety of people across New Haven: those interested in social justice, those who are unhoused or anyone who does not feel comfortable in a church building.
We also work with our local food pantry and make weekly collections of canned and boxed food items and toiletries.
We have joined several Church World Service "CROP Walks" with the towns of Guilford and Madison. Founded in 1946, Church World Service is a cooperative ministry of 37 Christian communions working together to eradicate hunger and poverty and promote peace and justice among the world's most vulnerable people. 25% of the funds we raise goes directly to the Food Pantry of North Branford.
Thank you to those who walked and/or supported Zion's team for the Shoreline Cropwalk October 1st. Donations will be accepted through November 1st. Last year, $2,000 was raised for the Food Pantry of North Branford. Make a donation here.
Donations for Loaves and Fishes are now collected every week. We gather to car pool to St. Paul and St. James, in New Haven at 7:15 in the Zion parking lot several Saturdays per year. Next date for Zion: December 16th. Loaves and Fishes operates each Saturday.
We currently are accepting donations of new or gently used MENS, WOMEN'S, and CHILDREN'S Spring clothing, white tube socks, new underwear, shoes, and unopened travel size hygiene products. Please do not leave donations outside of the church building. Donations that get wet may need to be thrown out.
Donations for the Food Pantry of North Branford Food may be brought in on any Sunday. There is a basket located at the back of the church for offerings of pasta, rice, canned goods and paper products. Donated items are brought forward each week to be blessed as part of the liturgy. We will bring these items to the Food Pantry for distribution. The Food Pantry is located in the lower level of St. Andrew's Episcopal Church in Northford.
We have been involved in many projects over the years, and we invite you to join us.