Outreach

At Emmanuel there is a spirit of concern for the welfare of all of God’s creation. We give of our time, talent and treasure to serve many areas of need.

Decades ago the Taylor family was very involved with Emmanuel. Stained glass windows and other furnishings throughout our buildings reflect their generosity. In addition to the property and art gifts, they began an endowment that now has a principle amount of $550,000. The income from those investments is designated for outreach and in 2012 it was approximately $25,000. In recent years, our goal has been to contribute 1/3 of the annual income in three main areas: ministries within Winchester/Clark County, Diocesan and National ministries, and International ministries.

At our core, we like projects that we can support not only financially but that also offer us an opportunity for “hands on” involvement. Examples of those programs include:

  • Diocesan Reading Camp: A week long summer day camp for at risk students to increase their reading skills, provide recreational activities, and in general build up their self-esteem through unconditional love and support.

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    Campers, teachers and counselors enjoy a fun afternoon activity after spending the morning improving reading skills

  • Backpack Ministry: This program provides weekly “backpacks” of food meant to last a weekend for children who may not receive nutrition otherwise.
  • Operation Happiness: In the week before Christmas, Emmanuel is host for a community supported program where 1400 qualifying families receive a food basket, wrapped presents for children, warm coats, and a lunch prepared by Emmanuel. Months of organization and preparation by volunteers transform our campus; fill the buildings with the supplies, decorations, Christmas gifts, coats, and food for needy families.
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Operation Happiness recipients gather in Emmanuel’s sanctuary in preparation for the annual Day of Giving.

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Hundreds of food boxes await distribution in Emmanuel’s Parish Life Center

Examples of our support of International and National programs include:

  • Kenya ministry in Eldoret: This ministry involves providing funds for seed and fertilizer for widows who would otherwise lose their land, secondary education for students, money to begin a Reading Camp and money for the Anglican Bible College. This ministry is strengthened by the strong relationship that Emmanuel has developed with the Anglican Diocese of Eldoret. This began when Emmanuel hosted a visiting priest, The Rev. Paul Korir, for 1 ½ years. Since that time, regular visits have occurred both in Kenya and in Kentucky between representatives from the two dioceses.

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    Mother Melanie visits with some of the widows that benefit from Emmanuel’s financial support

  • Haiti: The Diocese of Lexington is a companion Diocese with the Diocese of Haiti. We support that program that includes funding and volunteer work at a health clinic and orphanage.

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    Mary and Ryan Terry on the Diocese of Lexington’s Annual Trip to Haiti (2012)

  • Missionary in Turkey: For decades, Emmanuel has supported a missionary in her work in Turkey.
  • Refugee ministry: Emmanuel provides funding to a local refugee ministry that assists people relocating mainly from the Middle East.

Emmanuel is very supportive of local agencies in Winchester/Clark County. We regularly support:

  • Clark County Community Services Center
  • Rapha ministries which offers free health services to those in need
  • Clark County Animal shelter; for all God’s creatures great and small
  • Salvation Army
  • Clark County Drug Coalition
  • Clark County Homeless Shelter

Emmanuel also regularly supports, through funding and volunteer effort, Diocesan ministries such as: