OUTREACH & COMMUNITY SERVICE
Making & Serving Bagged Lunches – The Outreach Committee partners each month with our Men’s Group and the Church of Trinity Saint Paul’s Church in New Rochelle making and service bagged lunches. On the first Thursday of each month outreach volunteers bag and serve sandwiches at Trinity Saint Paul’s program. The evening before (Wednesday) the Men’s Group makes sandwiches at 6:00 p.m. If you are interested in helping the Men’s Group please sign up to our email list HERE. If you are interested in joining the Outreach Committee or serving sandwiches, please contact our Committee co-Chairs Marie Dumas and Ed McGann.
Grants from the Outreach Committee – Christ Church provides annual grants to local charitable organizations. Grants are determined by the Outreach Steering Committee. Christ Church has recently provided financial support to the following organizations and causes: Carpenter’s Kids, Kairos Outside, Southwest Indian Foundation, Calvary Hospice, Community Services Associates, Episcopal Charities, Fessenden Recovery Ministry, Hope Community Services, Hudson Link for Higher Education, the Incarnation Camp Scholarship Fund, and the Ronald McDonald House. If you have any questions, please contact our Committee co-Chairs Marie Dumas and Ed McGann.
Other Hands-on Outreach Efforts and Community Service – Every year there are numerous other Outreach and Community Service efforts within and outside the committee have included: a book drive and the building of bookshelves for the Act of Love Ministry in Port Chester, the Easter Appeal to provide French language prayer books for a parish in Central Haiti, Pelham Thanksgiving in a Box, the Christmas Giving Tree, the Church School pet supplies drive, Clothing Drive for Saint Vincent’s Hospital. If you have any ideas or want to organize or get involved in any outreach effort, please contact our Committee co-Chairs Marie Dumas and Ed McGann.
Opportunities for Youth to do Community Service – Father Matt, our Rector, runs our Youth Programs and he organized several Community Service opportunities each year for Youth, including our annual President’s Day volunteer day buying, making, bagging, and serving sandwiches to homeless and hungry people at Trinity Saint Paul’s. This Community opportunity counts for three hours of hand-on community service in Pelham and New Rochelle Schools. Contact Father Matt for more information on Youth Community Service.
Need or Offering a Ride to Church? – Please contact Carol Ipsen or Deacon Katie if you need a ride to church on Sunday or for a parish event. If you are willing to offer rides regularly or even on occasion, please speak to Carol Ipsen.
The Episcopal Public Policy Network (EPPN) is a grassroots network of Episcopalians across the country dedicated to carrying out the Baptismal Covenant call to “strive for justice and peace” through the active ministry of public policy advocacy. Many of our parishioners are involved in grass roots advocacy work and get news updates from EPPN: Sign up and learn more today! http://advocacy.episcopalchurch.org
GUN VIOLENCE RESOURCES
We have had several Prayer Vigils at Christ Church to remember the lives lost to gun violence and to pray that God will make us instruments of peace. We pray for those who have died, for all who have been affected by gun violence, for an end to gun violence, and that our prayers will turn into action and advocacy. A list of resources are linked below:
- 2022 Livestream Mass in Memory of those killed in Uvalde and Buffalo
- 2022 Prayers for those killed in Uvalde and Buffalo
- 2019 Prayer Vigil Bulletin
- 2016 Prayers for those killed in Orlando
- Resources from Bishops United Against Gun Violence and TEC Office of Government Relations