St. Philip's serves a free meal to those in need on the fourth Thursday night of each month from 5:00 PM to 6:00 PM. The Community Meal ministry has grown since its inception in 2008 and is now a staple in the lives of many in our community and is a central ministry of the parish. The number of guests varies from month to month but usually about 200 meals are served.
The Community Meal is a time of fellowship as well as dining, and takes place in an environment of prayer, celebration and thankfulness. The menu changes each month and most of the food is prepared in the kitchen of the Parish House next to the church. In addition to the meal, guests are given a small supply of canned goods and bakery items. In cold weather donated winter clothing (coats, gloves, sweaters, hats, scarves) is distributed to those who need them.
Providing a meal for 200 people is a big job, and volunteers are always needed. Volunteers prepare food, greet guests, serve the meal, bus tables, wash dishes, and clean the kitchen and dining area. This is a very rewarding ministry and workers find that it is "happy work" -- the atmosphere is one of cheerfulness, thanksgiving, and love.
St. Philip's has upgraded the kitchen and replaced the roof of the Parish House to better accommodate the needs of the Community Meal ministry. Additional work and updates to the kitchen and Parish House are continuing as we continue this vital ministry.
If you would like to learn more about the Community Meal, or if you would like to assist with the meal, click here to e-mail the Parish Administrator.
The Community Meal is supported by St. Philip's and supplemented by donations from the public. You can assist us by using the button below to make a donation or by sending your donation to the church office (118 W Poplar St, Harrodsburg, KY 40330). (The button allows you to make a contribution securely using a credit card through PayPal -- you do not need a PayPal account in order to make a donation.) Contributions are tax-deductible and will be acknowledged. These donations are used exclusively to support the Community Meal and maintain the Parish House in order to serve the meal. Any donation to support the Community Meal or repair the Parish Hall is greatly appreciated.
Many thanks to Harrodsburg Christian Church for providing their bus and a driver to bring guests to the Community Meal. We appreciate their support and sharing in this ministry. Community Meal guests who lack transportation are very thankful for this service.
Almighty God, assist us to see your vision of the growth and vitality of St. Philip's. Help us to reach those who do not know your saving grace. Deepen our commitment; increase our faith and trust, that we may live as witnesses to you. May the Holy Spirit lead us to the service you would have us do, as servants of Christ Jesus our Lord, in whose name we pray. Amen.