Our Outreach Ministry exists to help bring God’s light and hope to a dark and hurting world.
Since God invites us to be followers of Jesus Christ and to be sent into the world for Him, the Outreach Ministry at the Royal Poinciana Chapel seeks to provide ways for people to reach out as Gods hands and feet to this world.
The Outreach Ministry Team is always looking to establish relationships with local ministry partners, in order to minister to physical, social and spiritual needs of people in need.
We believe that as we connect to God and to one another each one of us will discover our own place in God’s Kingdom work, both around the corner and even across the globe.
Annual Christmas Gift Boutique
What started as a tiny 2-day event in one room of the Sea Gull Cottage 24 years ago has grown to be a primary funding for the outreach program of the Chapel. Annually over 200 members and friends of the Chapel contribute donations of time, financial support, fine wines, estate jewelry, designer fashions, beautiful Christmas trees and centerpieces, antiques, and other collectables. These donations, in addition to the merchandise purchased at the wholesale markets, make the Chapel Christmas Boutique a very exciting place to purchase unique and fun Christmas gifts.
The Boutique offers everyone a chance to shop compassionately. More importantly every dollar after expenses is donated to help the needy in our neighborhoods and give college scholarship grants to deserving students.
The annual Christmas Gift Boutique has contributed back to the Chapel a total of $2,000,000.00 over the last 24 years, all of which has been earmarked for the Chapel Scholarship Program and the Chapel Benevolence Program.
The MISSION of the Benevolence Program of the Royal Poinciana Chapel is to provide financial assistance support to agencies and ministries unique to Palm Beach County.
Palm Beach Habilitation Center
Vinceremos Therapeutic Riding Center
The Gideons International
MINISTRY TO THE HOMELESS
The Lord’s Place / Cafe Joshua
St. Georges Center
St Ann Place
COMMUNITY YOUTH PROGRAMS
Urban Youth Impact
YWCA of Palm Beach County
Hearts and Hope
Opportunity, Inc. Child Day Care
Voices for Children
Shepherd Institute for Music
Pace Center for Girls
Center for Creative Education
Families First of Palm Beach County
CHILDREN AND ADULT MINISTRY
Knowledge is Power
Heath Evans Foundation for abused Women
Lutherans New Day Adult Day Care
Alzheimers Community Care
Hearing the Ovarian Cancer Whisper
HANDS – ON REHAB MINISTRY
Habitat for Humanity
In 1994 the Scholarship Ministry of the chapel awarded its first scholarship to Timothy Shannon, a member of Mt. Olive Missionary Baptist Church in Riviera Beach, Florida. Since then the program has assisted over 250 students.
Scholars are chosen annually based on financial need, articulation and presentation during the interview process, academic record, community involvement, church involvement, goals and leadership qualities. Each applicant must apply by the given deadline in early March and include letters of recommendation from their pastor, community service leader or teacher, and a friend.
Funding for the scholarships is received through numerous sources; previous Christmas Boutique proceeds, individual Chapel Scholarship endowments, gifts made from Chapel members, in addition to budgeted money from the Chapel’s operating fund.
The Chapel has 18 Endowed Scholarships. The Christmas Boutique has contributed funds over the years to endow 9 of these at a level of $40,000 each from which the interest of each funds annual scholarship assistance. The scholarships are named in gratitude to God for Henry Morrison Flagler, the Chapel founder, our current pastor, Dr. Robert S. Norris, and seven revered former pastors; Dr. William Edward Biederwolf, Rev. John Edward Charlton, Dr. Richard M. Cromie, Dr. Thomas W. Kirkman, Dr. Samuel McCauley Lindsay, Dr. John U. Miller, and Dr. George Morgan Ward.
In addition to the Boutique Endowed Scholarships, there are 9 Privately Endowed Scholarships in memory or honor of family and loved ones. A gift of $40,000 fully endows a scholarship. The privately Endowed Scholarships are named in memory of Donald Carmichael, Dr. and Mrs. C. Sherman Holman, Isabella Marian Kean, Robert Kean, and Charles H. Warwick, IV. Other scholarships have been named in honor of Anne Carmichael, The Harold Hogg Family, Debra W. Norris, and in celebration of the Sea Gull Cottage where the first Christmas Boutique was held. Interest is added annually where earned on the principal funds of each held scholarship.
Scholarships for the 2010-2011 year have been awarded. For up-to-date information and student application forms for the 2011-2012 academic year, students are invited to contact Scholarship Committee Co-Chair Debbie Norris at the Chapel Office.
Hands On Mission
The Lord said “On this rock I will build my Church” and therefore it is behooving for our committee to build its foundation based upon the un-weathering kindness that is the bed of our Christian Faith.
The Royal Poinciana Chapel participates in local, national, and international outreach efforts.
One of the pleasures of being a volunteer is watching the appreciative faces of those who we assist. On the fifth Wednesday of each month we serve meals at St. George Soup Kitchen in Riviera Beach and twice a month we make sandwiches for the homeless at St. Ann Place in West Palm Beach. In February 2010 we began participating in the Urban Youth afternoon snack program by handing out healthy snacks for children on thursdays of each week.
In 2009 we took on a construction project at St. Ann Place. St. Ann Place is devoted to the area homeless, whereby the homeless are afforded the opportunity of getting a daily shower, clean clothes, coffee and doughnuts, bagged lunches, mail box, assistance in finding medical care and a place to keep prescription drugs. This project involved â€œguttingâ€ the kitchen and clothes storage room and transforming it into a more efficient work space.
In 2010 we plan on “tackling” a building addition at St. Ann Place that will provide a much needed bathroom for the homeless. We have also started a “Bicycle Program for the Homeless”. In 2008 the free bus pass program for the homeless was terminated. These bus passes enabled the homeless to get to medical facilities, soup kitchens and to those fortunate few who have jobs to their workplace. For 2010 our goal is to donate ten bicycles per month to put worthy needy individuals on the path to independence.
Our committee was set up to perform volunteer work. However, we know that not all can volunteer and volunteering is not enough. We must, as a community of Christians, provide resources that will ease the plight of the needy. I urge you to provide these resources, whether they are in the form of monetary gifts or physical assets (Clothing, bicycles, etc). If you have a passion and want to contribute financially please designate your gift to “Special Projects – Hands-On Outreach Committee). For those who wish to volunteer please contact a committee member.
For more information about how you can get involved contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.