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Serve the World - Ministries to Boston and Beyond

“Be doers of the word, and not merely hearers only…” (James 1:22)

Christian faith requires engagement in the world. From hosting the meeting that led to the Boston Tea Party to founding City Mission Society, from building affordable housing in Boston to playing a major role in the passage of health care reform in Massachusetts, from growing organic heirloom vegetables in our churchyard for the Women’s Lunch Place to publicly standing in support of marriage equality for same-sex couples, Old South has been honoring Christ’s call to serve those in need and speak out for justice for more than 340 years.

Old South offers a range of opportunities to serve God’s world, from a prayer shawl ministry to community empowerment work with the Greater Boston Interfaith Organization; from our mission service trips to work with food pantries and meal service programs. The church supports the work of several local non-profits through our Christian Service & Outreach grant program, which gives away nearly $100,000 each year. And our innovative new Outreach Venture Capital Fund empowers Old South members to dream of and pursue ministries of justice and service in Boston and beyond. Check out the service opportunities below, and find one that’s right for you!

For a complete listing of this month's service opportunities, view the monthly calendar.

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Every Sunday in the Gordon Chapel a jar stands ready to receive coins for Rosie's Place and the Pine Street Inn to purchase undergarments for homeless men and women.
Each year, the Christian Service and Outreach Committee is given the responsibility to distribute grants to organizations that reflect Old South Church’s core values. In addition to the grant money, Old South Church’s commitment is to fully engage with the programs of the...
Each year, Old South Church sends out one or more mission teams to serve people in need. We have repaired homes in Appalachia and in Navajo Nation. We have restocked shelves so the hungry could eat in Staten Island. And in 2013 alone, Old South Church sent two teams of...
Old South’s gardening team tends our award-winning flower gardens and tills the soil of our urban churchyard vegetable garden, the fruits of which are sent to the Women’s Lunch Place.  Green thumb or no, if you enjoy meeting new people and being outside with your hands in the...
The Old South Knitters gather together on the last Sunday of every month in the Gordon Library to practice the art of creating Prayer Shawls. Through the Congregational Care & Support Committee, our shawls have been delivered to people from the Back Bay to Ethiopia. Group...
For May, we are collecting peanut butter. Place your food in the basket under the greeter table in the stone entryway. We ask that you make donating food to the drive a habit and a celebration: each week when you visit the grocery store don't forget to pick up one extra item for...
On the last Sunday of the month, Old South members volunteer alongside volunteers from other churches, synagogues, and service groups to prepare and serve a community lunch to the hungry. We meet at the Church of St. John the Evangelist, 35 Bowdoin Street on Beacon Hill, at 12:...