Local Outreach Ministries

Twice a year, St. James’ holds a Day of Community Service where there is only one service and parishioners go out and serve in local outreach efforts. Many are found below.  Please take time to review some of the ministries that serve our community.  If you find any of these outreach ministries interesting and would like to learn more, please contact Laura Posecznick at Laura@stjamesskan.org.  Also, visit our Day of Community Service web page to see when the next opportunity to serve will be!
SPECIAL NOTICE:  MATTHEW 25 FARM GOLF TOURNAMENT FUNDRAISER-SEPTEMBER 9TH BEGINS AT 11 AM.  If you would like to sign up to play, sponsor the event, or learn more-please visit Matthew25farm.com or email matthew25farm@yahoo.com.
The mission of Matthew 25 Farm remains the same: providing fresh vegetables and fruit, free of charge, to food pantries, soup kitchens and families in need.  Together, we can work to stamp out food insecurity throughout Central New York.
Matthew 25 Farm    315-677-8218  matthew25farm@yahoo.com
Auburn Rescue Mission-Click Here for more info
With the partnership St. James’ has with the Auburn Rescue Mission, we have an opportunity to engage the tenants of the Merriman Circle neighborhood in Auburn.  The tenants have recently come out of homelessness and are living in the Merriman new housing community.  There are opportunities to serve meals, interact with children including reading, game playing or crafts. Sharing God’s love with people who truly could use the hope makes all of our volunteers’ hearts full.
Women of St. James’/Thrift Store
For 50 years, the Women of St. James’ have staffed the St. James’ Thrift Shop in Skaneateles Village and helped the community in many ways. Local families with limited resources can find goods and clothing at low prices. Money earned from the sale of consigned and donated items supports charitable causes. Families in crisis receive free household goods and clothing. The Thrift Shop is located in the basement of the Masonic Temple on Genesee Street between State and Jordan streets. The hours are 10 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday. The store’s phone number is 685-5060. Please stop by, shop, and support the Women of St. James’ and their ministry.
Skaneateles Ecumenical Food Pantry
In 2001, seven local churches – First Presbyterian, Grace Chapel, Holy Trinity Lutheran, St. Andrews United Methodist, St. James’ Episcopal, St. Mary’s of the Lake Roman Catholic, and Skaneateles United Methodist – combined their food programs into one ecumenical food pantry to collect and distribute food to the needy of the Skaneateles area. The Pantry serves approximately 100 households each month, and provides special holiday distributions at Thanksgiving, Christmas and Easter. The people of St. James’ provide weekly food donations, as well as volunteers who serve at the Pantry and on its board of directors.


Habitat for Humanity in Cayuga County
Cayuga County Habitat for Humanity provides low income housing for needy families in the Auburn area. Volunteers are always welcome to work on these homes. For more information, contact Kip Coerper at kip@stjamesskan.org.
EarthWorks is the environmental ministry of St. James’ Episcopal Church, located in Skaneateles, New York. Founded on the belief that we have a moral responsibility to be stewards of God’s Creation, EarthWorks is dedicated to fostering ecological practices that will lessen our impact on the earth. Through prayer, discussion, education and action, members of EarthWorks seek ways to create an earth-friendly environment within their personal lives, their communities, and the world. Members serve our present and future generations by engaging in conservation, education, and habitat improvement projects. We are eager for all people who are interested in improving the environment to participate in our meetings and activities.
Questions, please contact Kip Coerper at Kip@stjamesskan.org.
Cayuga County Jail Ministry
Teams of two visit the men and women at the Cayuga county Jail located on County House Road in Auburn. They offer prayer, song, support, devotionals, and study of the Bible. The goal in visiting the incarcerated men and women is to offer the presence of Christ to them. Currently St. James’ is seeking more volunteers willing to visit the men at the jail and others to serve as a pen pal. Guidelines and training are provided.
Samaritan Center in Syracuse
Each second Monday of the month, St. James’ volunteers serve food and drinks to the guests, assist the Samaritan staff, and clean up after the meal. Volunteers greet the guests, interact with them and listen to their stories. Some volunteers bake cookies and cupcakes to take to the guests as there is not a budget for desserts. Volunteers meet at Austin Park Pavilion at 2:45 pm to carpool and return to Skaneateles by 5:30. More volunteers are always welcome!
Soup Kitchen at SS Peter and John in Auburn
This soup kitchen feeds as many as 150 of our hungry neighbors every Saturday, 52 weeks a year.  St. James’ sends volunteers on the last Saturday of the month.  Some work from 9:30 am to 11:30 am preparing food while others work from 11:30 am to 1:30 pm serving and cleaning up.  All you need to help is a willingness to work and smile!
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El Salvador

El Salvador Companion Diocese Committee

The joy of being part of the Companion Diocese ministry is almost impossible to describe.  The more we learn about our sisters and brothers in El Salvador the more we learn about love and hope.  The more we seek to give the more we receive.
A team of almost thirty medical, dental, and mental health professionals  and support people have traveled there each year and treated treated intestinal parasites, counseled in abusive situations, extracted teeth and gave dozens of other treatments.
Nine others – two clergy, one youth and six other adults – participated in a pilgrimage in February.  The day of Vacation Bible School for forty children in the poorest parish in the country was magic.  No one returns from these pilgrimages unchanged – many are compelled to go back or to compel others.
Several parishes are part of a scholarship ministry, providing small grants so children can finish school and even college.  Six hundred dollars a year or less enables a youth to pull themselves out of the grinding poverty that sentences most to lives of minimum wage – less than one dollar an hour.
No one is too poor to give, and no one is too rich to receive.


Habitat for Humanity
An Annual Mission Trip to work with Habitat for Humanity El Salvador is taken every year led by Kip Coerper (kip@stjamesskan.org). These 1 week trips provide participants a great opportunity to get sweaty and dirty by joining a local Habitat affiliate in El Salvador build a house. The team forms a bond together and with the host family and the Habitat staff which blesses everyone. No construction experience is necessary. Ages 16 and 17 with a guardian or 18 and up are welcome to join the teams.