Church of the Incarnation’s street-side sign at our entrance – “All Are Welcome” – best describes the sentiment that inspires our Sunday Open Table ministry. This is a welcoming ministry that opens our church hall’s doors every Sunday morning at 6:00 a.m. We warmly welcome 100+ guests from Santa Rosa’s ‘street community,’ providing them breakfast, bathrooms, and respite from weather and the difficult conditions they experience on the street.
We invite our guests in for hot coffee, oatmeal, and cereals. At 7:00 a.m. we serve a hot buffet, full nutritious breakfast. As our guests finish breakfast they are offered a brown-bag lunch to take away for later in the day.
We do not just offer food. We sit and drink coffee with our guests; we talk to them. And most importantly, we see them. We recognize them as our brothers and sisters in Christ. Volunteers involved in this ministry have gained personal insight into the plight of the hungry and homeless, and have been overwhelmed by the gratitude and graciousness of our guests.
How you can help
There are many ways you can participate in this ministry, both regularly or occasionally. Many don’t require getting up before sunrise on Sunday! You can be a shopper for food and supplies, prepare food at home or Saturday mornings in our kitchen, help clean up after breakfast, donate money, lead a song on Sunday, help fundraise, write thank you notes to donors, help sort clothing.
You can get more information about getting involved: firstname.lastname@example.org
There are items our guests need that you can donate:
- City and county bus tickets
- Lightweight vinyl ponchos
- Sleeping bags in good condition
- Vinyl tarps, personal size
Clothing and gear for men:
- Jeans, gently used
- Jackets and parkas for cold weather
- Socks, new or gently used, especially white
- Tee shirts
- Underwear, new or gently used
- Caps, baseball or ski
These donations can be left at the church’s Welcome Center, 636 Cherry Street (off Mendocino Avenue), Monday-Thursday, 9:00 a.m.-Noon. Please do not leave donations at other times.
Tax deductible donations by check or cash are gratefully received. Please identify your donation for Sunday Open Table by attaching a note or writing “Open Table” in check’s memo line.
Please mail to:
Church of the Incarnation
550 Mendocino Avenue
Santa Rosa, CA 95401