Faith in Action
How can we love and serve God and our neighbors? The Social Ministry Committee coordinates a variety of opportunities to serve. Want to be part of a project or activity? Contact the church office at 781-749-5533 or the contact persons listed below.
St. Patrick's Day Habitat Build in Duxbury
Join a hardy band of House of Prayer volunteers to help realize a South Shore family's dream of home ownership through Habitat for Humanity. On March 17th we will work on a house in Duxbury that is currently under construction, and enjoy a great lunch and fellowship. No special skills required!! Here is more information and a sign up link. For House of Prayer members there is also a sign up sheet in the fellowship hall. Please contact Kathleen Almand email@example.com for more information. Look forward to building with you!
Habitat for Humanity
Members and friends hammer, drill, saw and paint during occasional workdays at nearby Habitat builds. We can also provide lunch or snacks for a work crew. For information about workdays, contact Kathleen Almand at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Riders in the annual South Shore Ride for Habitat get off to a great start at House of Prayer, and each year a portion of the proceeds from Oktoberfest supports the work of Habitat.
House of Prayer members have worked on Habitat builds in Hawaii, Guatemala, and Slovakia.
During Lent, we'll support Ascentria's "Services for New Americans" program. Full-size toiletries are needed, including supplies like shampoo, soap/body wash, and other personal hygiene items. Gift cards for grocery stores, Walmart, Lowes, etc are also useful. If you wish to make a monetary donation, write a check to Ascentria Care Alliance with a notation for it to go to the Refugee Services Gift Fund. Place checks/gifts cards in Janet Waters' mailbox at church (or mail to House of Prayer). Toiletries and other larger items go in the box in the hallway.
On the Sunday after Easter, April 8, the gifts will be presented to Beth Singley, Resource Developer for Ascentria. She'll join us for worship, offer a short temple talk, and present an Adult Forum after worship.
Take a tag, bring a gift, share some love! Late each November, a tabletop Christmas tree is decorated with tags identifying gifts desired for children and youth in foster care through Ascentria (formerly Lutheran Social Services). Gift cards are often requested, but, last year, when a child asked for a dollhouse, a youth at House of Prayer refurbished the one her grandfather had made but she had outgrown. It became a precious gift with a story to go with it that touched the giver, the recipient, and all who knew about it. For more information, contact Kristin Olsen at email@example.com.
A long partnership with Ascentria includes sharing part of the proceeds from Oktoberfest each year.
As part of a synod-wide appeal in 2017, we collected backpacks for children, youth, teen moms and refugees served by Ascentria.
House of Prayer member Janet Waters serves as a part-time Ascentria staff member, developing and coordinating volunteers who serve as mentors and other support for teen moms at Ruth House in Brockton. We’re exploring how to partner with Ruth House staff and residents.
God’s Work / Our Hands
Each spring, teams made up of all ages fan out across Hingham to do yard clean-up for several of the elders in our community. A shorter worship service ends with commissioning us to (literally) go out and serve our neighbors. Bright yellow shirts with the tagline “God’s Work / Our Hands” stand out as yards are tidied up and leaves get raked, bagged, and hauled away. While some people are working outside, others at church are busy creating gifts for local Meals on Wheels recipients. When all the work is done, we enjoy lunch and one another’s company. As Carla Hill puts it, “‘God’s Work / Our Hands’ is just part of who we are!” For more information when spring arrives, contact Carla (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Ernie Hill (email@example.com).
SAVE THE DATE! May 6 is our 4th annual workday. We'll once again partner with Hingham Elder Services and do yardwork for some residents in town, and we'll also make some exciting Care for Creation items for Meals on Wheels recipients.
Souper Bowl of Caring
We enjoyed delicious soup and bread at the Souper Bowl of Caring and raised $736.85 to help end world hunger!
Come for a soup and bread lunch at 11:30 am (after worship and the education hour) on Sunday, February 4 to celebrate the annual "Souper Bowl of Caring." Give to end world hunger, and enjoy some tasty soup and bread together.
Honduras Mission Trip
Due to uncertainty because of the political situation in Honduras, the February trip has been cancelled, but we'll continue to keep our Honduran sisters and brothers in faith in our prayers.
Wellspring Multi-Service Center
Along with providing non-perishable food items on a regular basis, individuals or groups prepare Christmas and Easter dinner boxes for Wellspring clients.
A copy-paper box with its top and bottom wrapped separately in colorful paper holds all the fixings for a festive dinner.
Click here for the list of items for the Christmas and Easter boxes.
For more information or to help, contact Cathy Martin at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Wellspring receives part of the proceeds from Oktoberfest each year, along with half of the non-perishable food items Oktoberfest guests donate.
Father Bill’s & Mainspring
Now and then, 100 guests at Father Bill’s enjoy a hot dinner prepared by some of House of Prayer’s excellent cooks. Cheeseburger tater tot casserole is the favorite of residents at this shelter for men and women in Quincy and for other guests who are living on the streets.
Bag lunches – sometimes packed in brown bags decorated by the Sunday School children – assure that 100 others who come seeking shelter after meals are served will still have a sandwich, apple, potato chips, cookies and bottle of water. For more information or to help, contact Ann Rasmussen at email@example.com.
Each January, new twin sheet sets, blankets, and bath towels are gathered in for people staying at the shelter and those transitioning to permanent housing. Some of us watch for bargains during the January white sales or throughout the year. New pillows are welcomed, too. Drop off your donations throughout January in the bins in the hallway.
Hingham Food Pantry
In the 1980’s the Hingham Food Pantry (originally the Interfaith Food Pantry) was established by a group of volunteers from 10 churches and the synagogue, and representatives of the community at large. Its mission is to benefit any Hingham resident whose limited income leaves him/her unable to purchase an adequate supply of food.
Half of the non-perishable food items and food pantry donations of money from Oktoberfest help support the Hingham Food Pantry.
Senior Center Luncheon
Each year around Halloween, members prepare a delicious meal, decorate the tables for the season, and serve a luncheon at the Hingham Senior Center. Sign-up sheets and recipes make it easy to serve at this eagerly-anticipated luncheon.
Anderson House: Hingham Veterans’ Home
Once a month (or more), teams of three prepare dinner for several veterans who now live in permanent housing in Hingham. For more information or to form a new team, contact Millie Hill at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Community Vegetable Garden Project
House of Prayer member Rae Hall gardens organically and shows up on summer Sunday mornings with the fruits of his labors: cucumbers, tomatoes, swiss chard and squash, along with parsley, thyme, chives, rosemary and more. A few other gardeners bring their produce, too, and members “shop” at this mini Farmer’s Market, making donations that fund a community garden though the ELCA Good Gifts program each summer.
Other Good Gifts projects have included funding 25 pigs and a goat in 2015, and a yearly Buck-a-Chick opportunity to give when Easter comes.
“Let that Little Light Shine” – Solar Lantern Project
During November, we let a lot of little lights shine by providing solar lanterns for $30 each though the ELCA Good Gifts program. “In sub-Saharan Africa, only 19% of rural households have access to electricity. Without a reliable source of light, it’s difficult for children and families to walk home, read, study or complete household tasks without burning costly fuel and breathing dangerous fumes. A portable solar-charged lantern is a perfect solution.” (ELCA Good Gifts)
We let 52 Little Lights shine!
For many years, a group of women has been meeting one Tuesday afternoon a month for “In Stitches” – a time for catching up on one another’s lives and for creating handmade items like chemo caps and lap robes for nursing home residents or those in hospice care. Some people bring their projects to work on; others knit a row or two but mostly enjoy each other’s company; and still others just come to chat. For more information, contact Ingrid Lancaster at email@example.com.
Everybody needs socks and underwear! This fall, the Sunday School children invited members to bring new socks and underwear for children and adults who come to the Sowing Seeds Clothing Bank in Marshfield. Gently used clothing is available there, but by law socks and underwear have to be new.