Ministries

Outreach Partners

    Every year, St. Mary’s is able to partner with other ministries and organizations who share our passion to make a difference in addressing the hunger, education, human services, and poverty needs in our local community and beyond.  Learn more about recent organizations with whom we have partnered by clicking on the following links:

    Mary's Kitchen

    Located in Kinston, NC, Mary’s Kitchen provides a lunchtime meal to approximately 125 people, 7 days a week, all year long.  Anyone is welcome to eat at Mary's Kitchen, no questions asked.

    Trinity Center

    Trinity Center is the retreat, camp, and conference center of the Episcopal Diocese of East Carolina with oceanfront and sound-side properties located on the Southern Outer Banks of North Carolina.

    Camp Trinity

    Camp Trinity is a summer program sponsored by the Episcopal Diocese of East Carolina to serve the 74 parishes of the diocese. Located at Trinity Center, Camp Trinity offers young people (grades 3-12) an opportunity to experience camping in an enjoyable and beautiful setting along Bogue Sound and the Atlantic Ocean. Campers share in a Christian program that helps them grow spiritually and emotionally and provides them opportunities to develop new interests, skills, and friendships. 

    Common Ground of Eastern NC

    Common Ground of ENC is a 5-acre plot of land near Grainger Stadium in Kinston and is the site of Kinston's community garden and orchard.  Common Ground cultivates community and aims to revitalize our rural region by reconnecting residents to food, the outdoors, and our food and farming traditions.

    The Refuge

    The Refuge is a Christian camp and retreat center located in neighboring Greene County.  Home of Son Set Ministries, the Refuge is a beautiful space that hosts many youth camps throughout the year and is a place of prayer for many.  It is also the location of many planning sessions for the annual Erasing the Lines and Connecting the Dots ministry and service weeks in Kinston.

    Inter Church Out Reach (ICOR) of Kinston

    ICOR was founded in 1983 as a united effort of Kinston area churches to reach out and touch people who have a need.  ICOR exists to provide emergency assistance to individuals needing help with utility bills, medical expenses, fuel costs, housing, transportation needs when people find themselves in an emergency crisis situation and may not otherwise qualify for public assistance.  Volunteer assistance is always welcome to assist with stocking donation shelves.

    ICOR is open from 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Monday through Thursday.

    Six Churches
    107 East Peyton Avenue
    Kinston, NC 28501
    252-522-4357

    The Gate

    The GATE Community Development Center is a 7,000 square foot facility, developed in May of 2008, nestled in the town of Kinston, North Carolina, that seeks to offer the love of Christ to youth in the Lenoir County Community. The GATE serves as a place of strength and safety with a welcoming non-threatening environment, perfect for the nurturing of today's youth.

    Their mission is to offer hope for a future to the youth of Lenoir County through Christian values and principles.

    The Episcopal Farmworker Ministry

    A ministry of the Dioceses of North Carolina and East Carolina, located in Newton Grove, NC, and home of La Iglesia de la Sagrada Familia.  From their website: "God teaches us that we are called to respond for the dignity and justice for all human beings and Episcopal Farmworker Ministry (EFwM) is working with such principles to ensure a better future for farmworkers and their families. Through education, the protection of their human rights, and the care of their bodies and souls, EFwM works to change the world and the system that keeps farmworkers in poverty and subhuman conditions."

    Episcopal Relief & Development

    Episcopal Relief & Development is an international relief and development agency and a compassionate response to human suffering on behalf of The Episcopal Church. Our work to heal a hurting world is guided by the principles of compassion, dignity and generosity.

    We take our mandate from the words of Jesus, found in Matthew 25:37-40, that call us to feed the hungry, care for the sick and welcome the stranger.

    American Red Cross

    St. Mary's hosts blood drives for the American Red Cross roughly every 56 days.  Search their website to find the next time a blood drive will be held at St. Mary's or another place where you can help save lives with your blood donation.

    United Thank Offering

    United Thank Offering (UTO) is a ministry of The Episcopal Church for the mission of the whole church. Through United Thank Offering, men, women, and children nurture the habit of giving daily thanks to God. These prayers of thanksgiving start when we recognize and name our many daily blessings. Those who participate in UTO discover that thankfulness leads to generosity. United Thank Offering is entrusted to promote thank offerings, to receive the offerings, and to distribute the UTO monies to support mission and ministry throughout The Episcopal Church and in invited Provinces of the Anglican Communion in the developing world.

    Thompson Children's Home

    Located in Matthews, NC.  From their website: "At Thompson, we see lives with tremendous potential all around us. We strive to help make that potential into reality.

    Children and families struggling with neglect, abuse and hardship require the kind of commitment and compassion that is unique to kind of support we provide. That's why Thompson is the trusted partner and preferred community resource for a child or adult who needs to establish healthy relationships with their family and their community. We are where our clients need us - at our own campuses and treatment centers, through outpatient services in homes and schools, through family education or with full psychiatric services and residential programs. Thompson provides comprehensive education, treatment and care designed to transform lives. Our goal is to create a stable foundation on which children and families can learn to thrive for a lifetime."