Outreach

Outreach Partnerships and Ministries at Christ Church support a wide range of opportunities to care for the disadvantaged, both locally in the community and in the wider world. Volunteering to help meet their needs in a variety of ways is the focus of our Outreach Programs, as well as providing financial aid.

For example, our Christmas Angel Tree welcomes donations of Christmas gifts that are distributed to area families. Our church's outreach efforts send bags of food at Thanksgiving and Christmas to grandparents who are raising their grandchildren and need supplemental financial support to feed their expanded households. As you can see by the photos pictured below, our blue tote bags were stuffed with food after we conducted this food gathering in November of 2016. Ditty bags containing personal care items were filled by parisheners in November of 2016 to support the Philadelphia area Seamen's Institute's outreach efforts to bring supplies and comfort to sailors. These seamen are far from home when they visit our Philadelphia port aboard ships delivering food and goods to our area.



 

Aids for Friends program gathers and packages food for meal delivery to Delaware County residents. Our corps of volunteers gather monthly to prepare this food.

Summer 2016 Community Garden BountyThese bags of collected food are stuffed with much needed items

 

November 2016 Food Collection Drive & Ditty Bag Project

 

Our Outreach Partners include:

  • Aid for Friends - This group meets one evening each month to cook approximately 100 meals for frail, homebound senior citizens who reside in our local community.  Parishioners participate by cooking, packing meals or donating food items for those in need.

 

  • Family and Community Services of Delaware County (Second Time Around Parents Program) is based in Media.  Parishioners fill Holiday food baskets with items appropriate for Easter, Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners.  Hams and turkeys are purchased for each family in addition, to round out the holiday meals.

 

  • St. Mary's Food Cupboard in Chester.  Our "Neighbors in Need" program collects non-perishable food from parishioners on an on-going basis at church, then delivers it to St. Mary's.  Once a month volunteers gather at St. Mary's to sort and pack food in bags for distribution to their clients. St. Mary's also benefits from our Kids Summer Food Campaign.  Bags of breakfast and lunch items for children who are missing school-year breakfast and lunch programs are collected from parishioners and delivered to St. Mary's.

 

  • Chester East Side based at St. Paul's Church in Chester. Opportunities include After-School tutoring and "summer camp" for children 6-12 years old.

 

  • St. James School, Philadelphia.  Parishioners put together backpacks of supplies for their graduating Middle School Class.

 

  • Community Garden--The garden team plants, tends and harvests fresh produce in the Church garden and delivers the food to St. Mary's Church in Chester or to other food distribution outlets in the area to help provide nourishment to their clients.

 

  • Children and Youth Services of Delaware County (Chester)--Through our Christmas Angel Tree Program, parishioners have an opportunity to purchase gifts for disadvantaged family members - children and adults at holiday time.

 

  • Episcopal Community Services and Episcopal Relief and Development are supported by periodic "designated loose offerings" plate collections that help benefit the work of these organizations at home, in the nation, and in the world.