Mission & Outreach
St. Michael's offers every parishioner opportunities to serve others through local, regional, national and international mission work. The only requirement is a servant's heart.
Our goal is to assist global and local organizations to alleviate hunger, promote affordable housing, meet emergency family needs, improve mental and physical health and well being, provide crisis relief, and promote education and life skills for children and adults.
Gifts of Grace
Gifts of Grace is our signature Mission & Outreach fundraising event. Each November, we invite local, faith-based organizations to an alternative gift market, where parishioners browse among the many booths and give donations in honor of friends and family. Our ECW chapters also participate, selling homemade food items and donating their proceeds to Gifts of Grace. Now in our 17th year, Gifts of Grace raises approximately $40,000 annually to support worthy organizations within Wake County and North Carolina.
Episcopal Farmworker Ministry
Mission To Belize
Our parish has a long relationship with Holy Cross Anglican School in Ambergis Cay, Belize. Our parishioners help establish the school and each spring return to work on building renovations, conduct Vacation Bible School or after-school care for the children who attend. Recent work has been to help construct a priest’s house, along with a number of parishes in North Carolina.
Spring 2020: April 4-11 (Holy week; corresponds w/ WCPSS spring break).
Ongoing In-Parish Ministries
Periodically, we participate in several in-parish ministries open to all ages of volunteers.
Rise Against Hunger, annually
Red Cross Blood Drive, twice annually
Pew Collections for Crisis Events, such as hurricanes and other natural disasters
Serving in the Community
Camden Street Learning Garden
Parishioners volunteer in spring, summer and fall at the Camden Street Learning Garden.
The Green Team
The Environmental Stewardship Committee (The Green Team) has been promoting environmental stewardship among our parishioners since 2008. Our focus is on Creation Care, caring for our environment and all living things. The committee meets bi-monthly at church after Sunday Forum. It coordinates closely with the Chartered Committee for Environmental Ministry of the Diocese of North Carolina, which focuses on ministries in energy, water and food.
Our Mission: To protect God’s creation and all creatures within it. At St. Michael’s we strive to fulfill this mission by focusing on stewardship, education, engagement, and support for the natural world that our Lord gave us to nurture and protect.
Projects include participating in stream cleans, both at St. Michael's and in Wake Co., increasing our recycling effort and reducing our parish's carbon footprint.
Each month, members of our parish donate items to support many of our local non-profit partners. From canned goods and diapers, clothing and linens, to children's books, your contributions make a difference in the lives of many. Watch holymichael.org and Canterbury Tales for what we're collecting.
The Canterbury Shop is the only in-parish gift shop in the Raleigh area. It is located in the lobby of the St. Michael’s Parish House.
Open since 1990, the shop is staffed by volunteers. All proceeds from the shop support St. Michael’s Outreach and Mission efforts. The Shop annually raises thousands of dollars to help those in our community.
Customers can find a unique collection of items in the shop, including prayer books, greeting cards, clothing and accessories, and gifts for every occasion.
Complimentary gift wrap is provided with purchases. We accept cash, checks, credit and debit cards.
ECW Mission Ministries
Members of the St. Michael's Episcopal Churchwomen serve in several ministries in the community: Meals on Wheels, Backpack Buddies, the Helen Wright Center, Thompson Child & Family Services, and Episcopal Campus Ministries at the Cheshire House.
Each year, St. Michael's Missions Grants Committee awards grants to community organizations. The committee's focus is on organizations that provide for food, housing and employment-goals that are related to the Millennium Development Goals for the World Wide Episcopal Church. Deadline for grant applications is August 1. Please fill out the form below and email it to firstname.lastname@example.org.
First time applicants are asked to submit a copy of its budget for the last two years. An applicant has to disclose if it is a 501(c)(3) organization.Grants are made once a year and applications must be submitted electronically.
Youth Mission Trip
Each summer, our Episcopal Youth Community embarks on a week-long mission with REACH Workcamps to serve in communities across the country. This trip is for rising 9-12th grade students. The parish supports their efforts financially by purchasing Moravian Chicken Pies at Gifts of Grace, and in many other ways.