PSM combines a prayerful ministry and spiritual practice with a love of knitting and crocheting. Shawls made by the group are given to those in need of comfort and solace, as well as in celebration and joy. Blessings are prayed into every shawl.
For many, having others pray for them as they face illness or times of special need is a source of strength, healing, and comfort. The Home Pray-ers are a group of parishioners who pray individually, on their own schedule, for anyone (parishioner, family member, friend, or other) who wants our prayers.
Once a month, volunteers offer a Holy Communion Service in the Bedford Hills Correctional Facility's Hospital in Bedford Hills, NY. It is the only maximum security prison for women in NY. Many of the women are serving long or life sentences. The volunteers spend about 3 hours, and the women see their visit as a chance to socialize. Note: There is an initial clearance process to get approved for entry into the prison.
Periodically, St. Francis joins forces with St. John’s Lutheran to collect clothing and personal care items which are separated and loaded onto a truck. Sandwiches, soup and coffee are prepared. The truck is driven to NYC for the late night 'run'.
Midnight Run's goals are to find common ground between the housed and the homeless, and to provide human contact in a forum of trust and affection. Many schools, churches and civic groups make these trips.
Since 2013, St. Francis has hosted MFM which is a walk / run to generate funds for a selected non-profit. Typically, the non-profit is a local organization. Donation sponsors are solicited as well as friends and family. Upon the completion of the walk / run, a Dogapalooza contest is held with prizes and lots of tail wags!
In 2020, MFM became virtual and a national organization was selected in response to societal events.
Annually, local organizations are invited to apply for a grant. Applications are reviewed and awarded by the Committee. This is another avenue for parishioners to make a difference in thecommunity. Some past recipients are: Americares Free Clinics, Building One Community, Child Guidance Centers, CT Food Bank, Domestic Violence Crisis Center, Domus, Inspirica, Laurel House, and Pacific House.
The Annual Easter Egg Event is held on the day before Easter. Activities for children of all ages include Easter egg and cupcake decorating, face-painting, and other crafts. It is open to the public and takes place rain or shine.
A longstanding social-service program that is coordinated by Person-to-Person in Darien, St. Francis is one of 19 area churches and schools that provide food in reuseable bags for needy families at Christmastime. Parishioners provide more than 20 Stamford families with non-perishable food items, and cash donations to the scholarship fund.