We take Jesus’ words seriously: “You shall love your neighbor as yourself (Mark 12:31).”
Leeds Church serves our neighbors at the international, national, and local levels.
Leeds and several other Episcopal congregations have a mission partnership with St. Marc’s Episcopal Parish in Trouin, Haiti. We finance and support a life-changing Trade School in the town, which is equipping youth and young adults with the necessary education and skills to make a living in one of the most impoverished countries in the world. The priest of St. Marc’s has visited Leeds, and Leeds parishioners have traveled to Trouin on multiple occasions.
Leeds supports a ministry, led by a parishioner, that is doing humanitarian work in Guatemala City. The focus is on transforming the lives of at-risk children from broken families. The principal way the congregation supports this ministry is through sponsorships for their education. To deepen this partnership, Leeds parishioners went on a mission trip to Guatemala. Future trips are likely.
Leeds has a partnership with St. James School, a middle school for children in a low-income neighborhood in Philadelphia. St. James does not just educate its students, it also forms their characters and provides them the resources that they need to thrive, including a healthy, hot meal each day, which they may not be able to get at home. We financially support this meal program at the school and each summer, we visit the school as part of our youth mission trip to Philadelphia.
Fauquier County has a history of racial separation and tension. To promote racial reconciliation, Leeds Church is in a partnership with Mount Morris Baptist Church, a historically African-American church just down the road. We occasionally hold joint worship services and we build Christian fellowship through a variety of social events.
Our volunteer farm is located at Hartland Orchard in Markham. We help plant and harvest produce that is donated to local food banks to fight hunger in our area. This ministry is overseen by Brian Green, a local farmer. Click the button below to learn more about Hartland Orchard.
Locally, Leeds has a number of ministries to help those in need. We provide baskets of food during the holidays to needy families. Every December, we raise funds through a project called Carol’s Christmas to provide clothing and toys for families identified by schools as needing this help. Also, on the second Sunday of each month, parishioners donate canned goods and other items for the Fauquier Food Bank.
Through our budget, we give out around $14,000 a year to various charities. In addition to this congregational expenditure, the Leeds Episcopal Church Women and the Leeds Crafts Group raise funds throughout the year to support two food banks, Blue Ridge Opportunities in Warren County, scholarships to the Episcopal Shrine Mont Camp, local fire departments, free clinics, and the local homeless shelter.