Vestry Advisor – Happy McLeod
We view Outreach as the opportunity to be the hands and feet of Jesus in our church and more importantly in the community. We wish and continue to always explore new ways to fulfill this mission but some current ways we do so in our communities are:
Steps to Hope – Maintains a shelter where women and children can be free of domestic violence and have an opportunity to start over. Proceeds from a popular thrift store go to funding this non-profit agency. Many different kinds of volunteers are needed from displaying merchandise to driving the truck for pick-ups to running the cash register.
Hospice – Also a non-profit agency, provides in home and patient care for those facing end of life and their families. If you prefer a home environment to a hospital room, this could be for you.
Thermal Belt Outreach – Provides food, clothing, and other necessities to individuals or families experiencing a hard time.
Operation Safety Net – Following the British tradition of “wetting the baby’s head” when a newborn comes into the world, Holy Cross provides a charity benefit to mothers and their new borns. Always ready to throw a party, when Prince William and Kate announced they were to become parents, Holy Cross hosted an English Tea. Each person attending the tea brought a gift which was distributed to local mothers via Operation Safety Net. Each month Holy Cross collects diapers and wipes for the Nurse Family Partnership of Polk County under the auspices of The Partnership for Children of the Foothills. Nurses distribute these to financially disadvantaged mothers with newborn babies.
Centering Prayer – Based on Fr. Thomas Keating’s “Intimacy With God “this study is to increase our intimacy with God through the practice of silent prayer. These classes are open to the community and other churches, thus building intimate circles in the community as we draw nearer to God our father.
The Church of the Advocate – A ministry of the Diocese of Western North Carolina, the congregation of the Church of the Advocate serves the homeless community in Asheville. Our Holy Cross parishioners are very active in this ministry. A trip is made to Asheville every other month, when we deliver a meal for 30 or more people. We also lead the Sunday worship and Holy Eucharist for that Sunday. This is a very moving service and is as meaningful to us as it is to those whom we serve.