Outreach and Mission
Fairmont’s 2011 work team will work in the New Orleans area as Hurricane Katrina recovery is a LONG TERM enterprise. For more information, call our church office.
We have partnered with Wake Interfaith Hospitality Network for over a decade. In 2011, we shifted our emphasis from housing families in our church building (our space has become too cramped) to supporting families through WIHN’s new transitional housing program, ie, their new building on Method Road. For more information, call Henry Jarrett.
Bring Your Cans to Church
The area food pantries are running desperately low. Bring food staples on 1st & last Sundays, but feel free to bring all kinds of shelf stable food at any time. The need is great!
Fairmont had for years collected cleaning supplies, hygiene products and similar items in conjunction with our 1st Sunday Communion Altar Rail donations for crisis intervention at Urban Ministries. Then the Susannah Wesley Circle started the collection of canned goods on 5th Sundays.Â Over time the need grew so great that Fairmont took it on as an ongoing project and have baskets placed in the narthex to receive any non-perishable food item and other products for distribution by Urban Ministries.
Lunch Bag Ministry
On Tuesdays and Thursdays Fairmont hands out lunch bags to the hungryâ€¦. many of them homeless. Several other area churches also hand out lunch bags, but we alternate with West Raleigh Presbyterian who provide lunches Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Supplies for the Lunch Bag Ministry are always needed! We need pop top meats & fruit cups, juice boxes or similar beverages, crackers, cereal bars, and any other type of single-serve item you would include in a lunch! Thanks to the Sunday school classes that put the bags together.
Each year Fairmont gets the names of 15-20 families from Wake Interfaith Hospitality Network to help them during the holidays with food and gifts. If you or your group would like to volunteer to help one of these families contact Mary Ellen Anderson or the church office.
Fairmont has sponsored families for Christmas for many years, providing the necessities for a Christmas dinner and gifts for any children in the family. The congregation was asked to bring non-perishable items wrapped in white paper to be presented at the “White Christmas” service–the childrens’ Christmas pageant–and donations were used to buy the turkeys and other fresh foods and for gifts for the children. Now we ask for Sunday School classes and other groups to sponsor a family as a unit rather than getting things in and assembling multiple boxes, but we are still providing meals and there will still be a Christmas play!
Our partner, Society of St. Andrew, helps us “glean” each fall, usually sweet potatoes left behind by mechanical harvesters. Each year all across the Southeast, millions of pounds of potatoes are recovered each year.
The Healing Place of Wake County
Since June of 2001, we have used our 14 passenger minibus to transport men of the Healing Place for MenÂ to Sunday Night LIVE! and back again, following a recovery meeting held in our church (the group is fully independent of Fairmont). It has been a joy to be a part of the “team,” helping these men go to any lengths to experience recovery and a new way of life.