Community includes all of God’s people.
Each month from September to June, parishioners prepare and host a Community Dinner at Horizon House in Wakefield. Horizon House, a program of Riverside Community Care, is a clubhouse and drop-in center offering life coaching, job support, and community for adults living with mental health challenges. Horizon House goes beyond programs or social services in that they give members the opportunity to be part of a successful, stigma-free community that is restorative while building self-esteem and dignity.
Emmanuel’s Community Dinners at Horizon House, held on the third Tuesday of each month, are free and open to all. We encourage parishioners and neighbors of all ages to participate. Volunteers are always welcome to help prepare meals, serve, clean up, and eat! Dinner is typically served at 5:30 p.m.
In addition to the monthly community dinner in Wakefield, Emmanuel also partners with the Bread of Life in Malden to prepare and serve a “to-go” meal every other month on the second Tuesday. Meals are offered at the Bead of Life headquarters at 54 Eastern Avenue in Malden.
Emmanuel Church is a founding partner of the Wakefield Interfaith Food Pantry. The Pantry, housed at the Americal Civic Center, serves nearly 600 families each year. Donations of non-perishable foods are collected during Sunday morning worship services each week and delivered to the pantry by parish families. Several parishioners volunteer at the pantry, unloading deliveries, distributing groceries to families in need, and serving on the Board of Directors.
During Covid-19 many of these ministries continue, but in a modified form.