Pastoral care is an important part of St. Alban’s life, both inside our walls and in the community. St Alban’s is serious about the ministry of caring for our neighbors. Our congregation has discerned and raised four people to the vocational diaconate and three people to the priesthood. We have another entering seminary in the fall of 2020. For those unable to attend church, the Lay Eucharistic Ministers take them Communion as requested.
Social justice, servant ministry, physical accessibility, diversity, and creation care are all part of St. Alban’s identity. In the last decade the parish has become more serious about outreach and has raised and donated almost $100,000 for community needs and to national and international service organizations. We remain open to what the Holy Spirit has in store for us in the future.
Throughout the school year we support students at Wicomico High School, our public - faith partner school. We donate school supplies, toiletries, gently used clothes, new hats, gloves and socks, along with non-perishables to the school’s food pantry, which has served as many as 70 students during the cold months of December and January.
For over two decades St. Alban’s parishioners have prepared and served lunch at Joseph House, a local resource center for the poor and homeless, on the first Wednesday of the month. We serve an average of 70 people. Monies collected on the Sunday before, along with Advent and Lenten lunches donations, help support this mission.
During the winter for the past several years, a group of volunteers joined with other churches to take turns preparing and serving dinner for homeless men staying at the cold-weather shelter housed at St. Peter's Episcopal Church. They serve about 30 men. St. Alban’s volunteers also serve at this temporary shelter during the night.
We volunteer with the Chesapeake Housing Ministry to construct two ramps annually, one in the spring and one in the fall. This ministry builds ramps for individuals with mobility issues who are in need. Not only is St. Alban's a faith partner with Wicomico High School, we also support Salisbury Middle School at Christmas with donations of (unwrapped) gifts from which the students pick for family that are then wrapped by our volunteers.
St. Alban’s actively supports Agape Ministries, which reaches out to children of incarcerated parents. We sponsor and host several events for these children throughout the year, including their participation in a week-long summer camp. Bookbags filled with school supplies are distributed to them prior to the beginning of the school year. They gather each year in our Parish Hall for a big Christmas party.