There is a passion for mission at Second. When volunteers for our various outreach projects are asked to stand to be acknowledged during a Sunday service, there are very few left sitting in the pews. Many members say they come to Second because of the focus on helping others, and they stay because of the camaraderie they find in small groups working together for a purpose.
Volunteers gather every Saturday morning to open the Good Ground Pantry emergency food pantry. Good Ground provides a 2-3 day supply of food to the hungry. We serve approximately 3000 clients each year and play host to a joyous Christmas party each December. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact John Leo.
Members of Second have been tutoring at-risk children in the St. Louis Public Schools for many years. Second arranges mentors for weekly meetings with children at Washington Montessori School, 1131 Euclid, 63113. Volunteers work with one or more children throughout the school year to improve reading and math skills. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Carolyn Beimdiek.
For about 20 years, Second has led a Girl Scout troop. The church partially underwrites the cost of this program for 12 girls, and 10 of us volunteer once per week. Girl Scouting provides these girls after-school enrichment that they would not otherwise receive, e.g. swim lessons at the YMCA, cooking lessons at the church, and field trips to significant sites in the community. Our intent is not to entertain the girls, but to provide activities that increase their knowledge, skills, and self-esteem. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Barbara Bowyer.
Concordance Academy of Leadership (formerly Project COPE) offers hope and a helping hand for ex-offenders. Teams of volunteers are matched with newly released ex-offenders. These volunteer teams work with their partner for one year, helping with practical needs and emotional support. The goal is to help the ex-offender succeed during the first crucial months following release. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Nancy Quigley.
Second has enjoyed a longtime relationship with the Mary Ryder Home, which provides nursing and assisted care to about 75 residents. On the second Saturday of each month, volunteers from Second bring cake, ice cream, and small gift baskets for those celebrating birthdays. Donations of items such as toiletries, writing materials, socks, small picture frames, etc. are always welcome. Items may be left in the supply cabinet in the Activity Room. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Buff Buffkin.
Metropolitan Congregations United (MCU) is St. Louis' premier social justice organization, working to improve the welfare of our neighbors. Across the city we are people of different faiths who strive to live out God's call for justice. At Second Presbyterian Church, we are a committee of active members working to focus the work of our church on important social justice matters. Our tie to MCU is through its north-city cluster, 22 congregations strong, known as Congregations Allied for Community Improvement (CACI). We tackle issues such as Economic Redevelopment in St. Louis' north side, Drop-out Prevention (keeping kids in school through graduation), Job Equity for minority workers and businesses, and job training for our underemployed workers. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Jim Ford.
The Earth Care Team was organized in September, 2012. Its three-fold purpose is to "green" the congregation and community, awaken the congregation and community, and to be good stewards of God's creation. It coordinates actions toward caring for God's earth through the congregation and commuinty in five categories: worship, edcuation, food, facilities, and outreach. Christians are called to defend and heal creation, charged to "till and keep the garden" (Genesis 2:15). Second became a Certified Earth Care Congregation in the Presbyterian Church (USA) in 2013. If you're interested, please contact Carleton Stock
YADs is a group of undergraduate/graduate students and young professionals dedicated to fellowship, mission, community outreach, good food, and good people. We meet regularly for food and conversation and participate in a variety of fun social activities while serving in various capacities at Second and around the Central West End. If you're interested, please contact Ashley Rube.
Donations are collected and added to care packages that are sent to our deployed military members. To learn more, please contact Sue Williams.
We support Jenny Bent and Mark Hare in their work in the Dominican Republic and Haiti. Mark updates a blog every few months, describing workshops with local farmers in the Haitian hills. He teaches about worm composts and tire farming, and the communities struggle together to get water supplies to the villages high up in the hills. Jenny works at a health clinic in the town in which they live with their two daughters. To learn more, check out Mark and Jenny's blog and please contact Nancy Quigley.
Second is a Covenant Partner with Care and Counseling – a St. Louis based ministry that first started in the Central West End in 1968. With administrative offices located in LaDue, Care and Counseling now has 11 satellite locations throughout the metropolitan area. Care and Counseling enhances emotional, relational and spiritual well-being by providing quality and accessible counseling, professional training and community education. With a Clinical Staff of 17 trained counselors, 6 Residents, and 7 administrative staff members, Care and Counseling touches hundreds of lives each year. To learn more, visit the Care and Counseling website.
Our Mission Outreach Team partners with Winter Outreach of St. Louis in enlarging our ministry to homeless persons through creating a new Assisi House each year. These Assisi Houses provide a supportive community in a safe, warm, and caring place for a selected group of homeless persons to live while preparing for a permanent home in the future – a "hand-up" and not a "hand-out". Volunteers from Second prepare and serve hot and nutritious meals while eating and visiting with those persons every Thursday evening at an Assisi House, November through March. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Charlet Cochran.