We invite you to join us in serving our community, both within St. Bart's and beyond. New members are always welcome to each of these ministries. For more information contact the office or call (858) 487-2159.
Angel Tree Prison Ministry
Through the Angel Tree gift ministry, part of Prison Fellowship, we reach out to families broken by crime. When mom or dad is in prison, the children also serve a sentence. Each Christmas, members of the church provide children's gifts so that a parent prisoner can feel some pride in providing something for his or her child in their name at this meaningful time of year.
The Church Challenge gives parishioners the opportunity to support those in need. Food, toiletries, clothing, and school supplies are among the items collected for Interfaith Community Services, the Episcopal Church Center, Episcopal Relief and Development, and the San Diego Center for Children.
Cursillo is a movement and ministry in the Episcopal Church that includes prayer, study, action and small group get-togethers to promote a more spiritual life. Cursillo is a renewal ministry helping to deepen our Christian faith by developing individual leadership and servant focus at the parish level. Our goal is to bring people closer to Christ by making a friend, being a friend, and offering our friend the opportunity to attend a unique weekend event to start the lifelong Cursillo experience. Cursillo retreat weekends are held at Camp Stevens in the spring and fall, and small groups of Cursillistas (people who have completed Cursillo weekends) meet weekly to continue the renewal from the weekend.
This active group works year round on all fund raising programs at St. Bart's. The committee works to reveal clearly to all of us the reasons for our thoughtful and careful stewardship of God's gifts of time, talent, and treasure that He has bestowed on each of us.
Green Thumb Ministry
A small group of dedicated gardeners enhance the beauty of our campus with new plantings of flowers and other botanicals in the Columbarium and around the sanctuary.
Interfaith Community Services (ICS)
St. Bartholomew's was one of the founding members of ICS. ICS is a recipient of generous gifts throughout the year from the Women of St. Bart's outreach program, which is funded by profits from the Thrift Shop. There are a number of opportunities to volunteer in programs ICS offers to those in need:
- Breakfast is served to over 125 people at the ICS site in Escondido by St. Bartians on the fourth Wednesday of each month at 6 a.m.
- Merle's Place ministry team prepares and serves home cooked meals at a transitional services shelter housing 55 veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces on the first and third Sunday of the month at 4:30 p.m.
- Annual Rotational Shelter program works with congregations in North County to host homeless individuals and families for two weeks each year, providing meals, overnight accommodation, and transportation. The guests are given shelter and receive the understanding and support of the parish. We benefit by getting to know homeless individuals personally with mutual sharing of stories.
- Thanksgiving Baskets provide families in transitional housing with a special meal: a traditional Thanksgiving dinnner. The Sunday before Thanksgiving, the filled baskets are transferred to St. Bart's and then delivered to families.
The Planned Giving Committee enables people living now to make a difference in the future for God’s work through the church. Parishioners and friends of St. Bartholomew’s can make various kinds of gifts, whether expressed as a living gift or via a will, which will continue intact for future generations. The committee works to organize a parish event at least once per year to honor our benefactors, and to give witness of their commitment to our church and its work.
Thrift Shop and Nook
St. Bartholomew's Thrift Shop, located in Poway at 12845 Poway Rd. 92064 in the Carriage Shopping Center, accepts donations of clothing, household items, collectibles, and items others would find useful. It is also a fun place to volunteer.
The Thrift Shop is open Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The Thrift Shop phone number is (858) 486-2110. New volunteers are always welcome. For more information about volunteering, please call Cheryl Roop at (858) 486-5033.
The Thrift Shop Nook is on St. Bart's campus in the south Parish Hall and provides an at-church outlet for selected Thrift Shop items. The Nook is open on Sundays between services.