For I was hungry, and you gave me something to eat. I was a stranger, and you invited me in. I needed clothes, and you clothed me. I was sick, and you looked after me. I was in prison, and you came to visit me. Whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers, you did for me.
The vision of Matthew 25 Ministries is to feed the hungry, house the homeless, befriend the stranger, and empower the needy within our local communities.
In a spirit of servanthood and thanksgiving, consider the activities our parish offers close to home. Every St. Marker can serve the Lord through Matthew 25: at home or away from home, at regular times or at sporadic times, in the day or the evening, long-term or short-term.
Please consider thoughtfully where to contribute your time and talents to some of the ministries listed. For more information on a particular ministry, contact the ministry leader listed, or use our contact form to be connected to the person who can best answer your questions.
Exodus World Service
The mission of Exodus World Service is to mobilize the Church to welcome and befriend refugees. Volunteer opportunities are available for individuals, groups, and families both for one-time, as well as longer-term commitments.
There are three main programs:
- The collection and delivery of a Welcome Pack, which stocks the new apartment for everyday needs, e.g. kitchen items, bedding, towels, etc.
- New Neighbor program, which is a 3-month commitment to befriend a newly arrived family and meet with them for an hour or so each week to help them adjust to life here. There are ongoing training opportunities available for this program.
- New Neighbor Conversations, where the volunteer meets with a refugee 1:1 to dialogue about whatever the focus may be at a given time. Sometimes it may just be for the refugee to practice English.
Ministry Contact is Jane Stoller-Schoff, .
Additional information is available on the Exodus World Service website.
The Celebration of Hope is coming in April, if you would like to attend!
The Corbella Clinic is a pregnancy medical clinic that serves women and couples during and after an unexpected pregnancy. Volunteers advise and empower expectant women and couples.
Ministry contact is Kathy Simon .
Additional information is available on the Corbella Clinic website.
Anglicans for Life
Fox River Valley Initiative
St. Marks is a partner organization with Fox River Valley Initiative, an affiliate of the Industrial Areas Foundation (IAF), part of the oldest and largest network of broad-based citizen organizations in the country. We meet monthly to hear progress on various action steps, primarily focused on affordable housing, crisis intervention training, and mental health support. Contact Amy Peeler to get involved.
Hesed House is the second-largest homeless shelter in Illinois. Located in what was once the incinerator plant for the city of Aurora, it now is a place to stay for the homeless and emergency living quarters for 165 to 225 adults and children. St. Mark’s joins another church once a month to serve dinner, lunch, and a hot breakfast. We serve at Hesed House the second Monday to Tuesday of each month. St. Markers can use the online signup to provide food items and volunteer for food preparation or to serve at one of the following three shifts (7:00–11:00 pm on Monday, 3:00–7:00 am or 5:00–7:00 am on Tuesday).
In addition to these opportunities, we are in need of a few folks to:
- Coordinate lunch sandwich making at St. Mark's
- Coordinate breakfast preparation and serving at Hesed House
Contact Mike Simon (630.327.4110, ) for more information on either of these two opportunities.
Additional information is available on the Hesed House website.
Lazarus House is a community home open every day, located in St. Charles. It provides homeless and at-risk individuals connected to the Mid Kane County area with food, shelter, and support services. St. Markers provide volunteer assistance to the staff and residents of Lazarus House on the fourth Saturday of each month in the form of donated food and overnight support, and also serve a hot meal that evening. A sign-up sheet for our outreach is located in the narthex. Volunteers can elect to provide food, serve dinner, or spend the night assisting Lazarus House staff.
Ministry Contact is Mike Simon, .
Additional information is available on the Lazarus House website.
Lazarus House was unable to host their major fundraising gala this year, so are asking for donations online.
Riverwoods Christian Center/Fox Valley Christian Action
The staff at Riverwoods partner with the local church in discipling youth in under-resourced communities of the Fox River Valley into a life-transforming relationship with Jesus Christ. Volunteers can either work as youth counselors or by financially helping disadvantaged youth to attend summer camp at Riverwoods.
Ministry Contact is Mark Obermeyer, .
Additional information is available on the Fox Valley Christian Action website.
- January-canned fruit
- February-baby food
- March- Easter items
- April-canned meat & fish
- May-paper products
- June-canned vegetables
- July-rice and beans
- August-pasta and sauce
- September-breakfast items and cereal
- November-Thanksgiving items
- December-paper products
- Christmas baskets are donated in December
- December-Un-Decorate the Gift Tree
Salvation Army Bell Ringing
Ministry Contact is Chris Hunecke, .
Trinity Soup Kitchen
Trinity Episcopal Church in Aurora runs a weekly soup kitchen on Thursdays after their noon Eucharist. St. Mark’s is responsible for preparing and serving on the third Thursday of every odd-numbered month (January, March, May, July, September, November).
Ministry Contacts are Jenny Anderson ( ) and Jill Zimmer ( )
Additional information is available on the Trinity Episcopal Church website.
This organization reaches out to local high school and middle school students, especially targeting the unchurched. Young Life is starting a new ministry for disabled teens called Capernaum.
Ministry Contact is Carol Moshier,
Additional information is available on the Kane County Young Life website.