First Fruits Farm is a Christian non-profit organization operated out of a 200-acre northern Baltimore County farm. St. James volunteers are gathering on the third Saturday in August, September and October 2020 to harvest tomatoes, peppers, corn, potatoes, zucchini that are donated to organizations serving individuals in the community, including our other two outreach ministries, Paul’s Place and Hereford Food Bank. St. James Outreach Ambassador Gary Fearnow and St. James Vestry Member has been volunteering at the Farm since 2011.
The Outreach Committee coordinates opportunities to reach outside of the St. James Community to fulfill our mission of loving our neighbors.
“You may wonder about outreach at St. James in these unusual times. Most of us in the parish are at a time in life when we should be careful having contact with others because of the pandemic, so hands-on outreach has been difficult to pursue this spring. However, we are a parish with resources, and outreach over these past few months has primarily taken the form of monetary contributions to individuals and organizations in need. We’ve contributed to the Maryland Food Bank; early in the pandemic we contributed $1,300 to purchase much needed masks for healthcare workers at Hopkins; we’ve helped a local family in need of food; and we helped a college student in the city buy groceries. These are just a few ways our monetary resources have been put to work and we continue to look for ways to help those in deep need.” Joe Cochran+ July 10th
Hereford Food Bank is an all-volunteer ministry of Hereford United Method Church in Monkton, serving families in the Hereford Zone. St. James has long supported this ministry through regular collections of non-perishable foods and financial contributions in the fall.
During Advent, 2019, the parish collected food for Christmas baskets as well as gift cards for the families with children. Outreach Ambassador Frank Durkee has been a volunteer for many years.
Summer Day Camps were not held this year due to the pandemic, click on the link about to learn what Paul’s Place is doing to assist its clients.
St James has a decades long relationship with Paul’s Place that includes preparing and serving a monthly meal, an annual working visit from Academy 7th graders and hosting a week-long summer camp.
In 2019 the parish collected over 150 winter coats for Paul’s Place clients.
Carol Haislip is the Outreach Ambassador for Paul’s Place.