Zion Episcopal Church, North Branford, CT
Zion Episcopal Church, North Branford, CT

Our Work

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.

Chapel on the Green

Chapel on the Green is a weekly outdoor (rain, snow, or shine) service held at Trinity Episcopal Church, New Haven.  After the service, lunches are served to all who come, the majority of whom are people who are in need of fellowship and a helping hand.  If you have never experienced Chapel on the Green, please consider joining us and you will certainly see Jesus in every person there.  When we know the next date Zion will be participating, we will let you know.

Loaves and Fishes News

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. Loaves and Fishes operates each Saturday. 

 

We currently are accepting donations of new or gently used MENS, WOMEN'S, and CHILDREN'S Spring and summer 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.

 

 

Make May Matter...
With donations of women's toiletries and underwear to be given to Loaves & Fishes. Soap, shampoos, lotions, feminine hygiene products, new panties, and new or used bras will be collected during the month of May for the guests at Loaves & Fishes. All of these items do not qualify for purchase with S.N.A.P. or other assistance programs, so it is a real hardship for underemployed, under-served families. Please drop off all items in the designated area in the Parish Hall. Thanks so much for your generosity; your small acts demonstrate great love for God's least served.
 
Gentlemen in June
During the month of June we will be collecting men's toiletries and underwear to be donated to Loaves & Fishes. Soap, shampoo, lotions, new boxers, briefs, and t-shirts are items that do not qualify for purchase with S.N.A.P. or other assistance programs, and these items are essential for daily living. We will begin collecting these items the first Sunday of June and will continue throughout the month. Thank you in advance for your generosity!

 

Food Pantry News

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. 

 

This month's "Spotlight Item" is Jarred spaghetti sauce
 
In the parish hall there will be small whiteboard that will feature the "Spotlight Item" and a basket for these donations.  There will be an additional basket in the sanctuary near the hymn board for parishioners to place donations. All food donations can be placed in these baskets! The "Spotlight Item" enjoys company!!

We have been involved in many projects over the years, and we invite you to join us.

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