St. Thaddeus Episcopal Church


Soup Kitchen / Youth Mission Trip / Care Teams

Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ. 

-Galatians 6:2 

 Outreach extends the church’s impact far beyond its walls to the surrounding community. Engaging in outreach can involve volunteering at a soup kitchen, participating in clothing drives, organizing fundraisers for charitable causes, or engaging in missions to provide aid to communities in crisis. In addition to providing frequent support to supporting outside ministries like ACTS, we organize the regular outreach ministries. Help us help others. 


The church has prepared a meal for those in need every Saturday for over 30 years. We serve patrons in the Cheetham Parlor and the adjacent garden between 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. We also provide take-out meals for our patrons and deliver them to local shut-ins. 

Each week’s team is staffed by St. Thaddeus parishioners and volunteers from other organizations, including students from local schools. In months with a fifth Saturday, the team is made up of parishioners from Saint Augustine of Canterbury. 

The soup kitchen also has faithful greeters who come and mingle in the dining room each week. These greeters talk to the guests and assist in any way they can during the meal. The soup kitchen has a very limited budget and runs on donations of time and treasure. Join us sometime to see what a wonderful ministry this is. 


Father Joseph Whitehurst annually leads a team of youth and adult missionaries from St. Thaddeus on a mission work trip to Valle Crucis, North Carolina. The group spends the week repairing homes, creating community and engaging in worship at a former Episcopal monastery and school just outside Boone. The high school youth and adults replace roofs and floors, repair staircases, paint and make other repairs while enjoying Christian fellowship and participating daily in morning and evening prayer services. And they come to love the people they serve, and to more deeply appreciate Jesus’ admonition to welcome “the least of these.” 


The Care Team ministry assists the clergy with the pastoral needs of our church family. With twelve teams of 4-6, each with a team leader, each takes a month of duty. Their responsibilities are to contact parishioners, call or visit the homebound or those in nursing homes, give rides to church or medical appointments and provide meals during illnesses and bereavement. The teams will also assist the funeral reception committee with food or serving help.