MARLBOROUGH – More than 20 families from St. Stephen Lutheran Church in Marlborough helped give back through a recent outreach effort to the Northampton-based Cathedral in the Night.
Cathedral in the Night is an outdoor ministry in downtown Northampton. It seeks to “create a safe place for all people: the homeless, the housed, the church-less, the churched, the student and the resident to explore, question and live out their spiritual beliefs,” a press release noted.
Cathedral in the Night offers Sunday evening worship followed by a free meal, all with the general goal of “empower[ing] one another to engage in issues of social justice by working to fight the causes of inequality and homelessness.”
In an effort spearheaded by youth group leader Sarah Maston, St. Stephen parishioners responded by donating and preparing food, bringing warm clothing, and/or purchasing needed items such as socks, sweats, and thermal underwear through Cathedral in the Night’s Amazon wish list.
In previous years, church youth had attended worship, served hot meals, and dined with Cathedral in the Night guests. COVID-19 restrictions, however, meant this year’s dinner had to be prepared for takeout. So, the Maston family and six other volunteers dished out 80 hot meals in to-go containers.
St. Stephen draws parishioners from a number of area communities including Marlborough, Hudson, Northborough, Southborough, Westborough and Shrewsbury. Learn more at www.saintstephenlutheran.com.