BARRE — Three out of the seven episcopal congregations set to receive grants by the Episcopal Church’s Grants and Loans Committee in Vermont have been awarded to churches in Washington County.
The grants will be received by St. Mary’s Rectory, Church of the Good Shepherd and Full Ladle Outreach at Christ Church.
The Committee has awarded a total of about $50,000 in grants for the calendar year, with almost $18,000 in grants announced in the first half of the year.
The first, the Feeding Ministry at Church of the Good Shepherd in Barre has been awarded a $4,500 grant to help offset the costs associated with supporting the community.
Twice a week an average of 60 people receive support, and the congregation has considered ways to expand their support with three emerging opportunities.
The first is the continuance of the Community Breakfast Program which serves 50-70 people, as well as the continuance of monthly dinner service at Good Samaritan Shelter which serves up to 30 individuals.
The second opportunity aims to feed both the body and the spirit through yoga classes open to the community at large.
The third opportunity is a series of bi-monthly Recovery Dinners launched this year to offer hope and support to individuals in recovery from substance abuse.
The second grant of $3,750 was awarded St. Mary’s Rectory in Northfield for furnace replacement.
The Rectory has functioned as a residence for the priest serving the congregation for almost 150 years, and is an active gathering place of a 100 community members served monthly through St. Mary’s Living Supply Closet.
The grant will offset the costs of replacing a failed furnace in the Rectory, ensuring a safe, warm abode for St. Mary’s local parish leader.
Lastly, the Full Ladle Outreach at Christ Church in Montpelier will receive a $2,000 grant for an Essential Living Supplies section in the emergency food shelter.