Giving Back to Our Community

St. Philips believes in investing in our wonderful community. For those who’d like to donate funds toward efforts that make an impact in rural Texas, consider designating your gifts for “Giving back to Hearne,” and we will ensure they are used toward the following programs.

The Texas Rural Leadership Program

 TRLP began in 1990 with the vision of a rural minister, Bob Greene, to develop a leadership training program especially suited to the needs of rural and underserved communities. Now an outreach of the Texas A&M Agrilife Extension Service, TRLP has trained over 800 rural Texans in the principles of asset-based community development.  In 2017, St. Philip’s hosted and facilitated its first TRLP class. Class projects include the Crossroads Hometown Festival, which is now a non-profit organization planning for 2021, and the Community Resource Center of Robertson County, which is funded by a grant from the Episcopal Health Foundation.

Network of Care

 Network of Care began as an effort to bridge the gap for Hearne ISD students during the summer months, when the school lunch program is not serving meals.  It has evolved into an ecumenical network that distributes weekend backpacks through the Brazos Valley Foodbank and hot lunches on weekdays for students who cannot attend school due to Covid-19.

Neighborhood Food Pantry

The small, walk-up food pantry, located near the front of our sanctuary provides ready-to-eat food items and toiletries. Give what you can, take what you need!

Community Garden

Our community garden and picnic area were built with a grant from the Episcopal Evangelism Society.  Neighbors are invited to pick our produce and enjoy the space.

Young Life

While gifted funds are not eligible to be used toward Young Life, St. Philip’s is proud to host the Hearne Chapter of Brazos Valley Young Life.  Meetings are at 7:30 pm in the Parish Hall.