Our vision calls us to be involved in our local and global communities and to live our faith through our actions, transforming both ourselves and the world around us.
Interfaith Community Services (ICS)
St. Bartholomew's was one of the founding members of ICS over 40 years ago and continues to support many of its now 75 programs through service, donations and funding contributions. There are several opportunities to volunteer in programs that benefit the men, women and children in North County whom Interfaith serves.
- Volunteer servers help prepare and serve dinner to residents of the Interfaith Recovery Center in Escondido from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. on the 1st, 3rd and 5th Sundays each month. The Center provides a safe place for homeless and low-income individuals to recover from drug and alcohol abuse in a long-term residential setting. Contact Jill Henderson for more information.
- Volunteer servers help organize, shop for, prepare and serve dinner to residents in the Haven House temporary shelter also in Escondido from 4:30 pm to 7 pm on the 4th and 5th Sundays of each month. This program provides a safe place year round for homeless men and women who are currently unhoused. Contact Margie Polishuk for more information.
- The St. Bart's Youth Crew gathers on the second Wednesday of the month from 6:30-7:30 p.m. to assemble over 100 sack lunches including peanut butter & jelly sandwiches, fruit, a granola bar, gummies, a bag of chips, a bottle of water and a positive note of affirmation. The lunches are then delivered the next morning. Contact Christine Sleeper to join them.
- The Wisdom Circle (St. Bart's Senior Ministry) now makes these same 100+ lunches on the third Tuesday of the month at 12:30 p.m. and delivers them the next morning. Contact Marsha Bryan to participate.
St. Bartholomew's members help those in at special times during the year.
- Thanksgiving Baskets provide families in transitional housing with a traditional Thanksgiving dinner. St. Bart's members take a basket and shopping list, fill the basket with items to complete a traditional Thanksgiving dinner, then return the filled basket to St. Bart's the Sunday before Thanksgiving. Our delivery team inserts recipes and cooking instructions before delivering baskets. Additional information about this ministry is provided a few weeks before Thanksgiving.
- Angel Tree - a program of prison fellowship - provides Christmas gifts to children whose parents are incarcerated. Volunteers are needed to contact children's guardians to find get their wish list. St. Bart’s members select their "angels" and shop for Christmas gifts. The gifts are provided to parents so that they can provide Christmas gifts to their children. Wish list volunteers are needed in October. Angel selection happens in November.
Epiphanie School - Loranette, Haiti
- St. Bartholomew's provides financial support for Epiphanie School in Loranette, Haiti. Our support provides one meal a day for each child, school supplies, and teachers’ salaries. Learn more about our outreach in Haiti.
Vida Joven de Mexico - Tijuana, Baja California
- St. Bartholomew's supports a child at the orphanage in Tijuana, providing funding for his care and gifts for special occasions. We also build friendships through visits.