“IN FOR A PENNY…”
“In for a penny, in for a pound,” the saying goes. And it is apt for the challenges and opportunities we face in our parish outreach.
St. Stephen’s has a big heart. We opened our heart to the homeless fifteen years ago with the inception of Inn From the Cold. Our heart has remained open as people from a wide spectrum of backgrounds have found their way into our community. We continue to be open to the many needs that present themselves to us every week, some local and some a world away.
In each case, when we respond to a cry for help, we are opening ourselves to a new relationship with a child of God, precious in God’s sight. It is never simply a matter of writing a cheque. It means getting to know someone’s name, their story, their joys as well as their sorrows.
But, being human, we have limited resources, certainly of time and money, but also sometimes of patience and even of kindness. Needs press in on us whether or not we are ready, whether or not we have the ability in the moment to respond appropriately. So right now the Rector’s Discretionary Fund is at an all-time low. And Parish Council is struggling to respond to a number of foreign outreach situations without promising something we would be unable to deliver.
Real human needs do not stop knocking at our door. It is a challenge … but also, always, it is a great opportunity.