Ministry & Outreach

All Souls Counseling at Church of the Advocate

Once a week, COA offers mental health counseling services to parishioners by appointment. Locating this important service at Trinity, in a walkable location, eliminates a major barrier to mental health care – access. By getting their care in a place they know and trust, parishioners are more open to scheduling and keeping appointments.

Good Works Crew

In 2016, Church of the Advocate launched its Good Works Crew. The crew’s members are parishioners who are:

The Good Works Crew is currently working at CarePartners Thrift Store and First Presbyterian Church’s community garden (located at the Black Mountain Home for Children), as well as assisting with Habitat projects in Buncombe County and restoration of an historic trail at Lake Logan, the diocesan retreat center in Haywood County. The crew also assists parishes in western North Carolina with grounds maintenance and participates in service projects in the city of Asheville.

Helping tend First Presbyterian Church’s community garden at the Black Mountain Home for Children and Families

Nurse’s Station

Prior to and following the Sunday service, we open our Nurse’s Station. Staffed by a parish nurse, the station provides treatment for minor ailments with over-the-counter medications, foot care products, lotions, soap, shampoo, feminine hygiene products, razors, toothpaste and toothbrushes to parishioners.

Sole Mate – Helping Church of the Advocate’s Parishioners Get Back on Their Feet

What do our homeless brothers and sisters need most? At Church of the Advocate, we ask ourselves that every day. In the community we serve, clothing is readily available through several downtown ministries. Finding shoes is another matter, which is why we created Sole Mate.

What is Sole Mate?

Sole Mate is the only “closet” dedicated exclusively to collecting gently used and new men’s and women’s footwear. These include:


How Can You Get Involved?


Here’s how:

Sunday Luncheon – Breaking Bread Together  

Each Sunday, after our Worship Service and Holy Eucharist, a local parish, school, or family donates and serves a meal to our members. We usually serve between 125-150 people each week.

How Can You Get Involved?

Volunteer. We couldn’t do what we do without the help of volunteers if you would like to prepare and serve a meal, please contact us. You’ll not only have the satisfaction of knowing that you are making a difference, you’ll also have fun doing it.




Year ‘Round and Seasonal Parish Needs

Throughout the Year

Seasonal Needs

Starting in August, we accept donations for the following items:

How Your Support Makes a Difference

$500… funds one week of work for our Good Works! Crew

$200… pays for a Sunday meal that feeds 125 hungry homeless people

$100… pays for a month’s supply paper supplies, personal products and food from MANNA for one month

$70…pays for two mental health counseling appointments

$50…assists with move-in expenses for  a newly housed person

$25…a sturdy pair of shoes, work crew lunches, three multi-packs of tube socks