We are a family-friendly mission church in the Metro East area of Southern Illinois and close to Scott Air Force Base.
Outreach & Serving Our Community
After worship, our second greatest passion is serving the community through many different ministries. These provide us with the opportunity to live out our Baptismal vows to:
- Spread by word and example the Good News of God in Christ.
- Seek and serve Christ in all persons, loving your neighbor as yourself.
- Strive for justice and peace among all people, and respect the dignity of every human being.
“You, my brothers and sisters, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the flesh; rather, serve one another humbly in love.” Galatians 5:13
Examples of How We Serve
These are a few examples of how we serve the community.
Feed My Lambs – during the summer on a bi-weekly basis, we provide meals to approximately 200 children through a joint ministry with other area churches.
Kairos Prison Ministry – Kairosprisonministry.org states “The prison environment is a dark place, where prisoners face violence, anger, gangs and loneliness daily. Kairos Prison Ministry volunteers step into this darkness to hold a 3 ½ day weekend, with the majority of participants made up primarily of negative leaders within the prison. Through talks, discussions and Chapel meditations prisoners learn that they are worthy of God’s love, light and grace. That no matter who they are or what they have done, God forgives them.”
St. Michael’s supports a local, ecumenical Kairos Prison Ministry with team members, baking cookies, decorating place mats and by participating in a 24-hour prayer vigil. This powerful ministry has changed and saved lives.
Music in Nursing Homes – A few members regularly provide music to nursing home residents in the area to brighten their day.
Prayer Shawls – Handmade shawls are made with prayer and blessed. They are then gifted to individuals in need of a little comfort.
Mats for the Homeless – Members turn plastic shopping bags into mats that neatly roll up into a bundle and unroll into a mat for sleeping. These mats are given to individuals experiencing homelessness in St. Louis, providing them with a little more comfort when they sleep.
Feed the Hungry – At Thanksgiving we donate food to a community meal and provide volunteers to serve Thanksgiving Dinner to individuals in need.
In February we participate in a community-wide challenge to churches called “Souper Bowl” with donations of soup and money to the O’Fallon Food Pantry.
We also support the Food Pantry with donations of non-perishable items on a weekly basis.