Service to those in need continues to be an integral mission of the church. We need to be on the lookout for creative ways to build up rather than destroy. One way is to put our time, talent and resources at the service of our parish.
At St. Joan of Arc the poor and vulnerable are served through a variety of programs which are listed in the table below.
Bereavement/HospitalityTo extend Christian compassion to our brothers and sisters in Christ who are experiencing the loss of a loved one. The Bereavement Hospitality Ministry consists of men and women who offer to provide refreshments for the family and friends of the deceased on the day of the funeral. This hospitality will be arranged in the church hall.
FISHTo provide help and support to the needy of Harford County. The FISH Program, or Friends In Self-Help, is totally nonprofit and supported by donations and volunteers from churches and individuals. The unit of FISH supported by St. Joan's serves eastern Harford County, which includes Aberdeen, Havre de Grace, Riverside, Churchville, and Darlington.
Good Samaritan Ministry
To provide emergency aid to individuals or families in need. Our Good Samaritan Ministry fosters volunteer involvement in personal service on the basis of need - not creed, race, or nationality. Good Samaritan Ministry assists the following parish outreach ministries: FISH, Martha's Meal, and Christmas Helping Hands.
To serve nutritional meals to the needy on a six-week cycle. Through the cooperative arrangements of eight Aberdeen-area Christian Churches, Martha's meal, an Aberdeen soup kitchen, was started under the support of the Aberdeen Ministerium. Meals are served every Thursday from 11:30am to 12:30pm at the Grove Presbyterian Church Education Building on 50 E. Bel Air Ave.