St. James Community Outreach
From the Thrift Shop (next door) which offers a variety of items for a reasonable cost and contributes proceeds back to the community, to the very active Social Justice Ministry which feeds people from the local shelter (just down the street), all carry forth the spirit of Jonathan Daniels, “Here am I, send me.” St. James also opens its doors to many worthy civic organizations. View the calendar for the meeting times.
St. James Thrift Shop
Hours for the shop are Monday through Friday from 10:00 am until 4:00 pm and Saturday from 10:00 am until 2:00 pm.
The St. James Thrift Shop was started by the women of St. James in 1965 to help purchase new curtains, etc. for the Common Room at the church. It has been a busy mainstay in Keene ever since. St. James Thrift Shop is located at 25 Lamson Street in the Jonathan Daniels building next to the church. It offers gently used items for sale and its wide inventory includes clothing for men, women, teens and children. There is also a substantial collection of household items, books, and craft supplies. All donations are accepted during business hours. Proceeds from the sale of donated items are basically divided into thirds: support of operating the shop, donation given to the church and the last third to outreach. The shop currently supports over 50 organizations with its donations. Each year in December, the Thrift Shop holds a bake sale and has held both a Fashion Show and a Bridal Show. The Thrift Shop has two paid employees and the remainder of help comes from volunteers.
The Thrift Shop Manager is Deb Rogers and the St. James Thrift Shop Board President is Ruth Snyder. If you are interested in serving on the Board, contact the church office at email@example.com. For more information on volunteering or donating items, contact the Thrift Shop, (603) 352-3697.
Social Justice Ministry
Meeting: As needed on Sundays after the 10 am service and via email.
Contact: Eleanor Vander Haegen, firstname.lastname@example.org
Mission Statement: St. James Social Justice Ministry advocates for justice, fairness, and economic opportunity for all people and for the responsible stewardship of our planet. Through education, discernment, actions, and prayer we follow the example of Jonathan Daniels who responded to God’s call in the words of Isaiah, “Here I am Lord, send me.”
The ministry engages in direct action through a perpetual food drive for the Community Kitchen and providing soup and sandwich suppers for our neighbors, the 100 Nights Shelter, every other weekend. The group has advocated for environmental justice, prison reform, ending New Hampshire’s death penalty, reduction of gun violence, and economic equity. We partner with other faith groups in our efforts in advocacy and provision of assistance.
Social Justice Ministry – Statement on Guns: Jonathan Daniels, an Episcopal Seminarian and Keene native lost his life in 1965 in an act of gun violence. Reflecting on that history and the gun-related violence that permeates our world, the Social Justice Ministry Group at St. James Church believes we cannot be silent. National Episcopal leaders, including the Presiding Bishop and the President of the House of Bishops, have articulated policy statements that advocate sensible solutions that can begin to lessen unnecessary suffering and pain. These include calls for expanded access and funding for mental health services, legislation to ensure universal and effective background checks before all gun purchases, limiting the sale of military style weapons and high capacity magazines, and a commitment from all of us to address the cycles of violence that contribute to gun-related tragedies.
Churches are usually places of celebration, moral education, compassion, and connection. They can also be places that remind us about justice, fairness, our responsibilities to our neighbors, and our humanity. We call on all people of faith, hope, and influence to join our efforts to reduce gun violence and ultimately reduce the likelihood that churches will be places of unnecessary mourning.
Approved by the Vestry May 10. 2016