Feeding the hungry, clothing the naked, ministering to the prisoner – and spreading the Good News. Christ called his followers to these missions, and he calls us still. Outreach to others and especially addressing the Millennium Development Goals have long been a focus of our parishioners at St Stephens. Our Outreach Committee supports many local and some international organizations. The regular Outreach budget, the third largest segment of our parish budget, is supplemented by our bookstore sales and proceeds of the annual Christmas Bazaar. We contribute routinely to several area food banks, East Tennessee Family Services, the Briceville community, Clinch River Home Health Service, Scarboro Day Care Center, and numerous others. Support is typically 80% to 90% directed towards Appalachia ministries with the balance in international missions.
St Stephens’ parishioners are involved hands-on in most of the ministries aided by our Outreach budget. Examples of efforts supported through member's time and labor include: the Ecumenical Storehouse, Habitat for Humanity, Aid to Distressed Families in Appalachian Counties (ADFAC), and collections of used clothing. A favorite at St Stephens is the food and gift baskets provided to a number of local families. Food and toy donations are collected, augmented by purchased fresh produce and meats then assembled and distributed four times a year.
Our Parish and our Diocese have a long-standing partnership with the Diocese of Haiti, and St. Stephens’ mission trips have helped to build a school in the mountain community of Petit Harpon. Our efforts there are now focused on helping to rebuild after the earthquake and on starting up a health clinic.
Our youth are also engaged in outreach efforts. In the past, our youth have worked in Appalachia, in Washington, D.C.'s inner city, and at the Heifer Project Ranch in Arkansas.