St. Bartholomew’s has a rich history in outreach and social justice. Together, we are a parish called to act. A parish called to pray, reflect, discuss, and grow. We are called to worship in joyful togetherness. Called to love our neighbors and called to give to those in need.

The Outreach and Social Justice ministries at St. Bartholomew’s provide opportunities for each of us to love and act like Jesus by doing more for those in need, however big or small. And to manifest our love beyond the walls of our church.

Our ministries serve our local neighbors through programs like Toco Hills Community Alliance and our Community Food Garden. We also reach out to our brothers and sisters around the world through efforts like our Haiti ministry and our work for Episcopal Relief & Development.

Please join us in choosing to be a parish of action. A parish united in service. A parish walking with Jesus to help the poor, stand up for the oppressed, and speak for the voiceless.

OUTREACH MINISTRIES

LEGACY MINISTRIES AND MISSIONS

The Legacy Ministries of St. Bartholomew’s are our parish’s footprints from walking as Jesus’ disciples serving the poor, the oppressed, the voiceless for over five decades. Nicholas House, Jerusalem House, Project Open Hand were started and incubated at St. Bart’s. Over the years, organizations like Villa International, Friends of L’Arche Atlanta, and Kid4Peace have captured parishioners’ passion for service. Today, the St. Bartholomew’s legacy of service lives as our parishioners serve on the boards or donate time and funds to many of these ministries.

A “legacy ministry” that remains deeply embedded in St. Bartholomew’s DNA is social justice activism. Beginning with our first rector, Austin Ford’s, leading parishioners to march in for civil rights in the 60s through today — whether standing for LGBTQ rights, the environment, gun violence, refugee rights, racial justice, against the death penalty — St. Bartholomew’s parishioners organize and walk their faith in the streets, on the phone. and with their pens and prayers for justice.

Volunteer Opportunities

Toco Hill Community Alliance is in Need of an Event Planner
Toco Hills Community Alliance plans to introduce an annual or semi-annual fundraiser and needs an event planner to work with its Board of Directors to help bring this fundraiser to life. All great events require a considerable amount of time to plan and coordinate—and as a result, you’ll be expected to donate at least 20 hours of your time.

Handyman
Toco Hills Community Alliance is in need of a handyman to help maintain its facilities and perform light repairs. You’ll work directly with the Executive Director of Toco Hills Community Alliance to prioritize repair needs, and are expected to provide your own tools for use. Any time that can be donated based on your schedule will be greatly appreciated.

Communications Manager
Toco Hills Community Alliance is looking for a social media manager to post at least once a week to its Facebook page and to help write a quarterly newsletter. You’ll work directly with the Executive Director of Toco Hills Community Alliance to create content that will further engage and inspire the community.

St. Bartholomew’s Advocacy Coordinator
St. Bartholomew’s is in need of an Advocacy Coordinator. As volunteer advocacy coordinator you will work with the Vestry Chair for Outreach and Social Justice to identify opportunities for parishioners to make their voices heard to elected official and policy makers at the local, state and federal level. Expected tasks include subscribing to/monitoring existing non-profit advocacy websites’ legislative action alerts on issues related to St. Bartholomew’s outreach ministries and passing along action opportunities (letter writing, emailing, phone calling, capitol visits) to all the parishioners via social media, parish weekly email and e-newsletter. You will be working with the communications staff and vestry leaders to help curate content.

Time expectation: All of this work can be performed at night and on weekends with a computer (or from a phone). Estimated weekly time commitment: 2-3 hours a week.

See all open volunteer opportunities here.