Eyes Upward, Lives Outward:
How can we make a difference in our world?

We live in a city filled with great challenges and great faith. Outreach is about partnerships, community, joining together in service and prayer to transform our place and time. We're doing that in inspiring and life-changing ways.

Grounded in the servant ministry of Jesus, Church of the Holy Communion serves from God's abundance through our time, talent, and treasures - humbly striving to do our part in creating the kingdom of God on earth as it is in heaven. Throughout this broken world, our hope is to make a difference. Daily, we ask for prayers as we do the work entrusted to us by God and for God.  

"Truly I tell you, just as you did it to one of the least of these who are members of my family, you did it to me."
Matthew 25:34-45   

We exercise servant ministry through a variety of initiatives and organizations with a five-area focus. 

Poverty = Feed, clothe, and shelter those with less throughout the world.
Community = Seek to connect God's people across lines of race, class, ethnicity, and privilege, and efforts toward good stewardship of creation.
Healthcare = Focus on healing and wholeness of mind, body, and spirit.
Education = Serve at-risk and/or less-able children, youth, and adults.
Hospitality = Offer parish space and facilities for faith-based and certain non-profit entities to gather for meetings and special events.   

Contact the church, 901-767-6987, for more information.

Ways to Serve

Constance Abbey Food Brigade

Holy Communion volunteers provide two hot meals each week for the food insecure frequenting Constance Abbey. Volunteers are needed each week to assemble meal kits at the church or to prepare the casserole recipes at home, both in a safe, secure manner for volunteers and Abbey neighbors alike.  First-time and one-time volunteers are invited to join this effort to make a tasty difference in someone’s day. 

Call Judy Horning if you have questions, or sign up here: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/508094da8a72ba2f58-constance

If making sandwiches is more your thing, sign up to be one of many Holy Communion volunteers who provide CA seventy meat/cheese brown bag lunches on two days a week.  Each volunteer makes ten bag lunches and delivers them on Monday and Friday mornings to Holy Communion for delivery to Constance Abbey.  For more details or to sign up, click here:  https://www.signupgenius.com/go/508094da8a72ba2f58-constance1

MIFA Meals on Wheels

Many Holy Communion parishioners are long-term, dedicated supporters of MOW, delivering hot and frozen meals to homebound seniors in need of both food and a friendly face.  The MOW volunteers frequently are the only people the seniors will see each day.  MIFA has protocols in place to ensure an efficient, safe, and secure delivery experience for both clients and volunteers, with routes available all over the city. 

Contact Kristi Estes at MIFA, 901-529-4521, kestes@mifa.org, to schedule a trial route or volunteer in a supporting capacity.

More Than A Meal

On the first Sunday of each month, Holy Communion parishioners provide, prepare and serve a meal at Grace-St. Luke’s Episcopal for our Midtown neighbors in need. Volunteer cooks and servers are needed to spend a couple of hours on Sunday afternoon in service and fellowship.  COVID-19 protocols ensure a safe experience for all.

To donate food or volunteer to help, contact Barb Boucher.


UC Food Pantry at St. Luke’s Methodist

The University Area Food Pantry located on Highland Avenue is our neighborhood food pantry whose mission is to fill the basic food needs of clients who come through their doors each week. Parishioners are encouraged to add non-perishable food items for the Food Pantry to their own grocery cart each week. Donated items can be placed in the FP collection box near the south door of the Vaughan Welcome Center for delivery to the FP.

For more information or special donations, contact Evelyn McGahey.

Emmanuel Center Team Read Tutors

Program currently paused due to COVID-19 restrictions.

Once a week after school with second-graders at Emmanuel Center, 604 St. Paul Ave. in Team Read, a program that helps children increase the number of sight words they quickly recognize. This program in the second grade shows strong results in the children's standardized test scores. This is a great way to help for an hour or so a week. You'll be surprised how quickly you build relationships with the children and staff at Emmnauel Center. Contact Charlton Lyons: clyons3rd@hotmail.com

Shady Grove Elementary Team Read Tutors

Program currently paused due to COVID-19 restrictions.

If you would like to tutor second-graders in ways that really help their reading and vocabuarly, join our Team Read program during school hours at Shady Grove Elementary, 5360 Shady Grove Road. Contact: Christy Yarbro at christyyarbro@gmail.com




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