1. St. Albans
Episcopal Church in SunnyBrae is pleased to announce that at our
recent Annual Meeting the congregation voted unanimously to become
a Welcoming Church. This designation means that we are a Christian
community that fully welcomes gay, lesbian, transgender, and
bisexual people and their participation in all areas and at
all levels in the life of the congregation. The vote was taken
after a year of thoughtful exploration, study, and deliberation.
We plan to live into
the promise of being a Welcoming Church by participating in the
annual Gay Pride parade, conducting a November remembrance of
murdered transgendered folk, advertise our welcoming status through
signage and brochures, create space in our library for books and
DVDs on LGBT subjects, and continue to offer Forums on LGBT topics
We invite LGBT folks
to visit us at 1675 Chester Avenue, Arcata, California 95521,
Telephone: (707) 822-4102.
All are welcome here.
2. Many members
of Saint Alban's work to serve the needy and vulnerable in the
community. Several members of the congregation regularly cook
meals for the Arcata Night Shelter, the only organization
providing temporary emergency shelter in Arcata.
3. Saint Alban's has partnered to care for the homeless
in our community by serving as one of five host churches for the
Extreme Weather Shelter on nights when the temperature
drops below freezing or during extended periods of wet weather.
4. Each year members of Saint Alban's contribute food to
the Community Thanksgiving Dinner at the Veteran's Hall.
5. In April of 2011 Saint Alban's initiated Street Meals
a ministry to those who are hungry in our community. Every Tuesday
parishioners meet at Saint Alban's to prepare bag lunches. The
lunches are then distributed in Arcata in conjunction with the
food box distribution by Food for People at the Arcata Presbyterian
Church at the corner of 11th and G Streets.
6. Missio:Engage!ministry: St. Alban's is engaged
in this service oriented leadership program. One of our projects
is an outreach program to the Wyiot Tribe who are indigenous to
the Northcoast. Read these PDF files to learn more:
In General, the goal
of missio:engage is to assist communities of faith in the process
of re-rooting their ministries in the communities they are called
to serve, with enough critical mass back home that
this initiative is sustainable and avoids burnout.
For more information about Missio:Engage!, visit this website: