St. Timothy’s Episcopal Outreach Center is tucked away at the end of a narrow road that turns off Hwy. 851 on Barnes Mountain.
Beginning on Tuesday, May 31, and lasting through July 26, St. Timothy’s Episcopal Outreach Center will be one of the designated sites for the Estill County Summer Feeding Program.
Between the hours of 1 and 2 p.m on Tuesdays, free bag lunches will be provided to children 18 or younger. No sign-up or pre-registration is required.
The Cooperative Extension Service 4-H Youth Development program will be serving lunches provided by God’s Pantry. St. Timothy’s will also provide lunch for any adults who bring children, and they will provide transportation as needed.
Bryant Kibler has been ministering at St. Timothy’s since 1982. He also serves Episcopal churches in Harlan and Beattyville.
Originally, the rustic buildings at the center were planned to be a day care, he said, but that was about the time KERA came along in 1988, so a different focus was chosen for the mission.
Since then, St. Timothy’s has worked to meet needs in the community. They do home repairs, build-ons and other service projects, while they host campers, many from other states, who come to help out for a week at a time.
This summer, several groups will be coming from Michigan. Some will begin projects, and others will finish them, but they will all play a part in building additions to homes, repairing porches, and meeting needs in the area.
Another unique service of which many are not aware: St. Timothy’s builds handmade caskets and vaults for those who can’t afford traditional funeral arrangements. Kibler said they provided four to families in need last September.
“Meade’s has been very helpful and has donated lumber,” he said.
While Barnes Mountain locals are sometimes a bit skeptical about “northern churches,” St. Timothy’s goal has always been to “do things with the community” rather than function as another church.
The Outreach Center also hosts a number of events throughout the year. On Derby weekend, for example, St. Timothy’s hosted an event and distributed children’s clothing donated by churches in Pennsylvania.
Around the holidays, including at Christmas, Halloween and Easter, the center welcomes the community for organized activities and meals.
On Thursdays nights during the summer, they serve a community meal.
Recently, a loom was donated to the mission from a church in Philadelphia. With help from the Student Crafts Program at Berea College, the loom is up and working, and community residents can polish an old skill or learn a new one.
Anyone interested in participating in the summer feeding program may call the extension office at 723-4557.