Shallowford has a long history of service in the name of Christ to our surrounding community and the world beyond. We strongly encourage all members of the church to find some way to put their faith to work in the service of others. Through the generosity of the Shallowford congregation’s stewardship, the church supports a number of significant ministries throughout the world to ease human suffering and help ensure a brighter future for our sisters and brothers in Christ.
Carmel Community Ministry
In 1995, the Rev. Koshy and his wife Joicy, founded the Carmel Community Ministry in New Delhi, India to improve the life, health, and education of thousands of slum children in extreme poverty. This ministry feeds and clothes the children, gets them health care and most importantly, provides a school that now educates a thousand. With support from Shallowford and the International Church, Carmel Community Ministry is building another school in the nearby rag pickers slum. Several Shallowford members traveled to India in fall 2012 to work alongside the disciples at Carmel and learn more about how we can continue support this ministry.
Shallowford is a food assistance site of the Atlanta Community Food Bank. Our church food pantry provides groceries to DeKalb County resident individuals and families, up to four times a year per family, no client fee or donation required. Volunteers can help by buying groceries to stock the pantry or by organizing the stock into bags. Or, volunteers can staff the Food Pantry office at the church, open Tuesdays through Thursdays, 1:00 – 3:00 pm, to meet with and provide food bags to clients. We regularly serve forty to sixty families each month.
Habitat for Humanity
Members of our congregation have been engaged in constructing houses through Habitat for Humanity, the private, non-profit organization that builds housing for low-income families throughout the country. Habitat has become a regular part of Shallowford’s service commitment. Volunteer labor is solicited each year from among the congregation.
Shallowford participates in the La Gonave Haiti Partnership , a partnership between the people of La Gonave (an island of Haiti), the Episcopal Diocese of Haiti and a number of United States Partners, including active involvement by several churches in the Presbytery of Greater Atlanta. The partnership supports a diverse spectrum of ministries, including: education, healthcare, nutrition, agriculture, clean water, and economic development. In fall 2015, we sent a team to La Gonave to get to know the people and areas of ministry there. Upcoming LaGonave mission trips: November 8-15, 2017 and April 5-12, 2018 (Easter is April 1).
Interfaith Outreach Home
Interfaith Outreach Home, a non-profit organization, is located in Doraville. This organization provides housing, counseling, and support to families. Families can live at this facility for up to six months, spending many hours in class learning to live within a budget and receiving job counseling so the family can become self-sufficient. Shallowford provides financial support, and many members help as needed by providing assistance with maintenance and repair of the building and grounds, and by providing supplies for the resident families as needed.
Through La Amistad, Shallowford tutors Latino students from our local primary school, Hawthorne Elementary. We will build relationships to foster educational excellence and help students, parents and families achieve a better quality of life. Shallowford volunteers are invited to tutor students Mondays and/or Thursdays, 3:30-5pm on the 3rd floor.
ESL Program: La Amistad also offers free English classes for adults twice a week on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 7:00-8:30 pm starting on August 15. Classes will meet at Shallowford Presbyterian Church on the Third Floor of the Education Building until mid-October. To register, call 678-752-1144.
NETWorks Cooperative Christian Ministries
NETWorks, a cooperative Christian ministry supported by local churches, has grown in scope and budget since its inception in July 2004. This ministry provides financial assistance with rent, utilities, and other needs for residents of the Northlake, Embry Hills, and Tucker area. In addition to providing financial support to NETWorks, Shallowford members volunteer their time to this ministry.
Presbyterian Disaster Assistance
Presbyterian Disaster Assistance enables congregations and mission partners of the Presbyterian Church (USA) to witness the healing love of Christ through caring for communities adversely affected by crisis and catastrophic events. Presbyterian Disaster Assistance is part of the World Wide Ministries Division of the Presbyterian Church (USA) and is administered under the direction of the Global Service and Witness work area. Shallowford’s Missions Committee coordinates our support of PDA projects.
Shalom International Ministry
Shalom International Ministry is a new church development of the Presbyterian Church located in Clarkston, GA. In the 1990s refugee resettlement programs identified Clarkston as a good fit for displaced persons of many different backgrounds. Shalom’s mission is to respond to the social, economic, physical, emotional and spiritual needs of refugees and immigrants, by being the church.
Shallowford members provide lunch for and help with Shalom’s Saturday morning kid’s club. They also support Inspire, Shalom’s afterschool program for middle school students. Shalom worships at 6:30 on Sunday evenings and welcomes Shallowford’s members to join them.
Thornwell Home for Children
Founded in 1875 as a Presbyterian ministry, Thornwell is a joyful Christian community offering hope and wholeness to children and families. Thornwell is an independent, non-profit organization in covenant relationship with the Synod of the South Atlantic of the PC(USA) and its sixteen member presbyteries in South Carolina, Georgia, and Florida.
The New Church Development Commission
The New Church Development Commission is a nonprofit established through the Presbytery of Greater Atlanta to strengthen Christ’s church by catalyzing the development of diverse new churches as they call, nurture, and equip disciples of every nation. Shallowford provides financial and hands-on support to new churches under the care of the Commission. In 2013, Shallowford members collaborated with local sister churches to renovate, clean and furnish the facilities of Shalom International Ministry, which reaches out to provide physical and spiritual welcome, care and teaching to the numerous refugee and immigrant families in Clarkston, Georgia.
Wycliffe Bible Translators
Of the more than 6800 languages spoken around the world, there are more than 2000 that do not have a translation of the Bible. Wycliffe Bible Translators is working to translate the Bible into the language of the heart for the more than 350 million people throughout the world that do not have scripture in their native language. Shallowford Presbyterian Church supports Ms. Darcie Drymon, a missionary with Wycliffe who is serving God by using her IT and computer skills to assist in training and supporting Wycliffe translators in the latest computer software tools and technologies.