Helping our community...
Come stroll our Peace Labyrinth. An enormous boulder stands in the center. The surface is level enough to sit or stand on. Many people have added their special stories and moments beside it. Plants and solar lamps complete the scene.
Buy a brick!
The bricks bear inscriptions of memorials, dedications and inspiration messages.
Our labyrinth is listed in the World Wide Labyrinth Locater, and is visited by labyrinth enthusiasts from around the nation and the world.
Wolfson Children's Hospital
Wolfson Children's Hospital promotes optimal health for the region's infants and children by providing patient- and family-centered care, education, research and child advocacy. Nationally renowned physicians and researchers work collaboratively with the nurses and staff to provide the highest level of pediatric care at Wolfson. They also work closely with area pediatricians and family practitioners, further enhancing their power to improve children's health in the community and beyond.
The UCC of St. Augustine has a basket for the collection of plastic caps off containers such was water and soda bottles. These lids have a denser concentration of plastic and offer a better value at recycling facilities.
St. Francis House
St. Francis House is a homeless shelter in St. Augustine. They serve an average of 200 hot meals each day. These free and nutritious meals are often the only meal of the day for the poor and homeless of the area.
Members of the UCC of St. Augustine volunteer their time to serve lunch at the shelter one Saturday a month.
St. Johns Ecumenical Food Pantry
We partner with 12 other churches to support and run a food pantry. In 2010 the St. Johns Ecumenical Food Pantry distributed 126,000 pounds of food to nearly 3,000 families. It is funded wholly by the churches and charitable contributions and does not receive any tax dollars.
Members of the UCC of St. Augustine volunteer their time to operate the food pantry one afternoon a month. A collection container is available on Sunday mornings for loose change that may be jingling in the bottom of their pockets or purses. There is also a basket for the collection of non-perishable food items.
Shriners Hospitals for Children
Shriners Hospitals for Children provide the highest quality care to children with neuromusculoskeletal conditions, burn injuries and other special healthcare needs within a compassionate, family-centered and collaborative care environment. They provide for the education of physicians and other healthcare professionals, and they conduct research to discover new knowledge that improves the quality of care and quality of life of children and families. They do so without regard to race, color, creed, sex or sect, disability, national origin or ability of a patient or family to pay.
The UCC of St. Augustine has a collection container for tabs off soda cans, which are donated to the Shriners. The money from the recycling of the tabs is used to purchase items that enhance the children's stay at the hospital.
OCWM "Five for Five"
Our Church's Wider Mission (OCWM) Basic Support and Special Support provide funding for the work of UCC Conference and National ministries in support of the life and work of the local church and its members. OCWM changes lives by strengthening our ecumenical relationships and global partnerships, by imagining and embodying a better world through prophetic witness and work, and by providing resources and programs to nurture the vitality of our United Church of Christ congregations.
The UCC of St. Augustine has accepted the challenge to accept special offerings throughout the year to support the ministries of OCWM, One Great Hour of Sharing, Neighbors in Need, Strengthen the Church, and The Christmas Fund.
Church World Service
Church World Service works with partners to eradicate hunger and poverty and to promote peace and justice around the world. Around the world, they support sustainable grassroots development, disaster relief, and refugee assistance, and we educate and advocate on hunger-related issues. In the U.S., we help communities respond to disasters, resettle refugees, promote fair national and international policies, and provide educational resources.
Once a year, the UCC of St. Augustine has a drive to collect materials to make "comfort kits" which are sent to Church World Service for distribution during times of disaster. These kits contains items such as hand towel, washcloth, comb, toothbrush, bandages, and more.
How can one person change the world?
Sponsor a child . . .
Plant a tree . . .
Rebuild a home . . .
Visit a prisoner . . .
Be a mentor . . .
Teach . . .
Serve a meal . . .
Bring water to the desert . . Pray . . .
The opportunities are endless. And they're all right here. What part of our world is waiting for you to make a difference?
Visit UCC.org for more ways to help!
5880 US1 South
St. Augustine, FL. 32086