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The Park Missional Community

         The Park Group was formed in October 2014 as a ministry of outreach to families in The Park neighborhood and to those who could use our help and prayers.  We meet twice a month in huddles to plan and discuss our personal walks with Christ.  It was during one of these huddles that the idea for Theology on Tap emerged and in time other spinoff ministries have developed.

Theology on Tap

This men’s group began in October 2015 and meets every second Wednesday of the month at Keagan’s Irish Pub and Restaurant in Short Pump from 6:30-8:30PM to share fellowship and discuss a wide variety of topics both philosophical and theological.  The format has evolved into a series of questions posed by the leader to stimulate discussion and encourage sharing different viewpoints. Many of the questions are quite “edgy.”  We invite all those genuinely interested in this type of discussion to join us.   Atheists, agnostics, and non-Christians are especially welcome.

 

The Caregiver Support Group

If you are a caregiver for a family member or a friend dealing with dementia issues, please join Hedy Walker and Susan Kidd for an informal disucssion about dealing with the challenges that you might be experiencing.  We meet on the second Wednesday of the month at the home of Hedy Walker, 1661 Centerville Park Lane, Manakin Sabot, VA.. If you have any questions, please contact either Susan (sokidd@comcast.net) or Hedy (richardandhedy@yahoo.com) for more information 

The Garden

Harveting kale 2015  The Garden at St. Francis was dug in 2014.  That year it produced potatoes and kale for the Goochland Food Pantry.  After the first year, garden volunteers doubled the size of the garden and in 2017 The Garden yielded 240 pounds of potatoes for the Food Pantry.  After this harvest The Garden was fed with compost and covered with mulch and given a much needed rest so that it would be ready for planting again in 2018.  Digging in the dirt brings the volunteers closer to God and to each other. Those who volunteer in The Garden continue to search for a way to use the garden to  develop closer relationships within the community, maybe with the clients and staff at the Food Pantry or with people in the neighborhoods around the church.  Gardening know-how is not a requirement to volunteer in The Garden.  There is always room for more hands for planning, planting, weeding, and harvesting.  For more information or to volunteer contact: thegarden1484@gmail.com

Bright Beginnings - our parish prepares school knapsacks filled with supplies for use by needy families each summer.

Meals-on-Wheels - Parish members provide food delivery to the needy on monthly days for select food routes in Goochland County.

CARITAS - The Parish has teamed up with our partner Christ Church Episcopal to provide food,