Serve in the Community
If you are interested in becoming involved in one of these ministries, please contact the office.
Bread of Life
Founded and directed by The Reverend John Leary, Deacon of The Roman Catholic Church of the Blessed Sacrament, Greenfield, Bread of Life provides weekend meals to clients who are normally the weekday recipients of Meals on Wheels. Meals on Wheels does not deliver on weekends and so Bread of Life seeks to fill this need. The team from Saint James works each first Saturday morning of the month to prepare and deliver approximately 133 meals.
Caregiver Support Group
We offer a faith-based Caregiver Support Group. The group is facilitated by the Rev. Dr. Molly Scherm. It is a safe place for caregivers to share, as well as a place to find strength, courage, and hope in their ministry of caring for their loved one. The group meets every other Friday from 11am-12pm in the Choir Room. Contact Rev. Molly if you plan to attend. All caregivers are invited and welcomed.
Cathedral in the Light
Saint James is one of the many ministry partners that supports Cathedral in the Light, an outdoor Christian community in Greenfield which seeks to create a safe place for all people: the homeless, the housed, the church-less, the churched, the student and the resident to explore, question and live out their spiritual beliefs; to gather for a meal and to empower one another to engage in issues of social justice by working to fight the causes of inequality and homelessness. We support this ministry financially, in our prayers, and meals.
We sponsor a young man, Dison Okomba, through ChildFund International. We correspond with him on a regular basis. Parishioners can make a donation to support Dison by making a gift in thanksgiving of or in honor of a loved one.
We collect can tabs for the Shriners Hospitals for Children; food for the Franklin Area Survival Center, blankets for homeless members of our community, school supplies and baby blankets for Church World Services, and towels for the Salvation Army, who welcome homeless members of our community to shower in their facilities.
Many of our events are specifically geared towards our Franklin County community, such as the Community Gun Violence Prevention Vigil, Ashes to Go, Stations in the Street, Blessing of the Backpacks, Blessing of the Animals, and Vacation Bible School.
Saint James parishioners participate in and support the Annual Franklin County Crop Walk. Each year the proceeds go to Franklin County food assistance programs and the remainder goes to related programs around the world.
The Emmaus Companions seek to provide comfort and companionship to those on the margins in Franklin County. We share meals with our community at Second Helpings and engage in their struggles, hopes, sadnesses, and joys. We go out into the streets, and gathering places of Greenfield to bring a ministry of spiritual care and hope. We live out our mission by building trusting relationships with those who are experiencing homelessness, living in poverty, dealing with mental illness and/or addiction. Look for Stations in the Street next Good Friday.
Free Community Meals and Pantries in Greenfield
Download a list of free community meals and pantries in Greenfield.
Girl Scouts and similar groups
We believe in supporting our downtown community, and passionately pursue our mission to support children and caregivers. One way we live that out is by sharing our space with the Girl Scouts, and similar groups.
Montague Catholic Social Ministries - A Collaboration
We value our collaboration with the Montague Catholic Social Ministries in serving, in particular, women and children in the local area. We share MCSM’s goal of “building community, supporting each other, and healing and empowering ourselves”. We work with the Young Mothers’ Group of MSCM in several ways. We regularly provide sewing and knitting instruction to members of the group, and each year during Advent we providing baby baskets consisting of diapers and wipes, hand-sewn burp cloths and receiving blankets, hand-knit baby hats, and more.
This is a free weekly community meal on Monday's at 5:30pm. The meal is offered to the local community in our Parish Hall and is co-sponsored by the church and Deerfield Academy, which provides the food, as well as students, to help serve. This meal has been happening for the last sixteen years. Here is a list of all the Free Community Meals in Greenfield.
St. Andrew's Guild
St. Andrew’ Guild is a free neighbor-to-neighbor Skills Sharing Center for residents of Franklin County. It is located in the Multifunction Room at 2 Prospect St, Turners Falls and is a place to gather for socializing and instruction in Fiber arts, cooking, crafting, baking as well. On the first Monday of each month, the 6:30 PM drop-in is an open time for knitting, crocheting and other handwork. Free classes in various skills are held on a regular basis, advertised on our Facebook page (St Andrews Guild at Facebook.com). Since September 2016, a new ministry of the Guild is our Monday morning drop-in sewing bee. We have sewing machines, tables for cutting and pinning, irons and boards, and a supply of donated fabric with ideas and patterns for small projects. There will always be an experienced stitcher on hand to lend advice and assistance. We are open from 9-12.
We are active members of the Cathedral in the Light, Episcopal Diocese of Western Massachusetts, Franklin County Interfaith Council, Franklin County Resource Network, Franklin County Mission Partners, and the Massachusetts Council of Churches.
This is a community based essentials pantry housed in the at Saint James. On the last Monday of the month from 4:15-5:15 p.m. folks can receive free personal care items not covered by SNAP dollars (soap, toothbrushes, toothpaste, toilet paper, etc.). Learn more about Whitney's Pantry.