Service in the Community

The Social Ministries Committee meets the first Thursday every other month to assist the parish in responding to the needs of others in our community.  

Fundraiser for MOWOCNC

MOWOCNC (newly named after the merger of OCRA and Chapel Hill-Carrboro Meals on Wheels) is having two of their annual fundraisers.  Parishioners are encouraged to read about the Virtual Dining for Others on May 5 and the Mother’s Day Flower Delivery on May 8.  More can be found on the website: But here is a bit of information to start with. Every ticket or bouquet purchased directly funds meals delivered to our MOW recipients. 

Dining for Others (D40): Join us for a fun evening of celebration, engaging storytelling, delicious food, and community connection! All zoom participants are eligible to win fun door prizes like tickets to next seasons UNC v Duke football game or a signed UNC championship basketball from 2016-2017!  Wednesday, May 5 Zoom Room opens 6:45pm; Event Starts: 7:00pm Every ticket purchase directly funds meals delivered. Choose your own ticket price, funding anywhere from 5 – 260 meals (or more)! Every ticket option comes with at least one delicious meal from local restaurants: Acme, Beau Catering, Glasshalful, Luna Rotisserie, and Vimala’s Curryblossom Café. Meal selections are available after choosing your ticket price. Pick-up meals and event goody bags at Carrboro United’s distribution point at University Place (201 South Estes Dr, Chapel Hill) from 12-3pm on Wednesday, May 5. Just drive on up and we will place your food and goody bag in your car! Then roll on home, get comfy, pop on zoom, and enjoy!
Mother’s Day Flowers
MOWOCNC is proud to partner with Blawsome, a Chapel Hill-based flower farm and design studio that offers beautiful, locally grown, organic arrangements. The farm is owned and co-operated by a young man living with autism. When you buy flowers from Blawesome, you are taking part in a celebration of the beauty and uniqueness of both flowers and humanity. Order bouquets for all the moms in your life! Every bouquet delivery includes a donation to support MOWOCNC. Bouquets will be delivered on Saturday, May 8th by MOW’s volunteers! Limited Bouquets available!
Order Flowers Today!

Our newest opportunity for service:

The Northern Orange Initiative on Poverty group that began as on outreach of the Social Ministries Committee has reached a point where they are changing their focus. Instead of having faith groups and NGOs and Orange County government groups come together to discuss poverty issues, they are now going out into the communities in the country to learn what the areas need. Lynden Harris will teach facilitators to go out to churches in the northern part of the county and encourage church members and others in that community to come together for conversation about their needs. Groups will be invited to share their concerns, history and other information in a “story-telling” fashion. St Matthew’s Social Ministries Committee and 1st Baptist Church are funding this training. If you are interested in learning how to be a facilitator and then leading sessions on storytelling, contact Allan Parnell.

Currently, St. Matthew’s participates in the following activities in and around Hillsborough.

  • Food for All:  In 2005, St. Matthew’s joined with other Orange County churches and organizations to provide simple, individually-packaged evening meals to homeless and hungry people in Hillsborough and environs.  The meals are prepared and served Monday through Thursday every week.  St. Matthew’s currently provides meals on the 4th Mondays of the month, the 3rd Tuesday, and the 5th Thursday.Here is a link for a documentary Oderah Chidom did documenting St. Matthew’s participation in Food for All. At the time Oderah was a Duke undergraduate and the starting center on the Duke Women’s basketball team. She found her interactions with us and the folk she met through food for all to be a life-changing experience. Here’s the link:// 
  • Orange Congregations in Mission:  OCIM is a non-profit ministry composed of over forty churches in northern Orange County which strives to meet the emergency needs of those who find themselves in crisis situations.  St. Matthew’s participates by providing support through the annual budget, special appeals, and by providing beef stew for their pantry.  In February, St. Matthew’s also runs a “Fill the Bag” campaign.  Parishioners take a large grocery bag that has been labeled with the items needed.  Bags are filled, returned to the church, and delivered to OCIM.   
  • Orange/Alamance Prison Ministry  St. Matthew’s Church participates in this ecumenical ministry to support the work of a chaplain and volunteers in our local prison, as well as working with inmates who are scheduled for release. 
  • Cameron Park School Partnership:  This partnership is a community-based program designed to enhance and celebrate the historical and environmental significance of the setting of our neighboring elementary school.
  • Orange County Schools: we provide camp scholarship and school supplies
  • Durham Technical Institute:  a St. Matthew’s Scholarship
  • Family Success Alliance
  • LEAP
  • Anathoth Community Garden & Farm: Healing divisions between neighbors and the land by growing food together in Cedar Grove, NC. Their work began in 2004 when in response to a nearby murder a local woman, Scnobia Taylor, donated five acres of land to Cedar Grove United Methodist Church. They take their name, Anathoth, from a Biblical passage where the prophet Jeremiah summons the Israelites to “plant gardens” and “seek the peace of the city” in response to violence (Jeremiah 29).”We envision people of faith engaging with root causes of violence, poverty, and malnutrition in rural communities by working collaboratively to create a more just, sustainable, and equitable food system.Our mission is to heal divisions between neighbors and the land by growing food together in Cedar Grove, NC.We do this by:* Growing and distributing sustainably-raised vegetables through a sliding-scale Community Supported Agriculture program
    • Teaching adult interns agrarian theology and equipping them to heal divisions in their own communities
    • Employing local teenagers, including some with a history as juvenile offenders
    • Fostering community by facilitating workdays, potlucks, worship services, and celebrations”
  • Fairview Community Garden & Gateway
  • Orange County Rural Ministry (OCRA)
  • Efland Alliance
  • Johnson Service Corps
  • Dickerson Chapel AME:  In 2006, St. Matthew’s began an intentional ministry partnership with our neighboring African-American congregation, Dickerson Chapel, AME (located at the corner of Queen and Churton Streets in Hillsborough).
  • Habitat for Humanity:  St. Matthew’s regularly participates in Habitat for Humanity builds in Orange County.
  • Iglesia El Buen Pastor: St. Matthew’s partners with other Episcopal churches in the Durham Convocation to support our Spanish-speaking mission congregation in East Durham. Our long-time former deacon, The Rev. Katherine Bradley Johnson is serving there now.
  • Festival for the Society Tree:  FeST is a holiday fund-raiser exhibiting the rich history of our church and harnessing the creative and artistic talents of the parish to raise funds for outreach projects in keeping with the Millennium Development Goals.  Held the first weekend of December.


An important part of St. Matthew’s ongoing ministry in the community is to provide meeting space for programs that serve important needs. St. Matthew’s currently hosts the following programs on a weekly basis:

Alcoholics Anonymous: For over 40 years, a group has been meeting at St. Matthew’s regularly on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday evenings at 8:00 p.m. in the Hayden Building Fellowship Hall. 

In addition, St. Matthew’s hosts the following on a monthly basis:

Anathoth Community Garden & Farm Board Meetings, Justice United, the Food for All Steering Committee, and other Food for All groups from the community.

St. Matthew’s also hosts occasional meetings and events for diocesan and community groups including the following:

the Commission on Ministry & Standing Committee of the DioceseVestry retreats for neighboring parishesChild Care training & certification eventsOrange County School Board social events & meetingsthe Hillsborough Garden ClubHistorical Society programs, as well as frequent historical tours of the church and grounds for sightseers and school groups.

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