Members of Christ Church find great purpose in supporting each other and the broader community through their participation in an array of ministries and outreach programs. We direct our efforts to reach people in our local communities, as well as in Philadelphia and the greater global world.
Christ Church's ministries include:
Conducting Eucharistic Visits to infirm parishioners
Creating clothing items for the Prayer Shawl Ministry
Offering Pastoral Care to those in need
Giving financial & material support to the Diocese of Philadelphia’s Episcopal Community Services program
Preparing meals for Caring for Friends
Gathering food donations and food-packing for St. Mary’s Food Cupboard
Donating holiday meal groceries for Family and Community Services of Delaware County families
Collecting breakfast/lunch items for the KIDS Summer Food Campaign
Growing food in our church’s Community Garden to address local hunger
Contributing menu items for the Darby Mission Dinner Program
Providing student backpacks & school supplies for St. James School students
Donating funds and serving as after-school tutors for the Chester East Side Ministries Programs
Through the church's Angel Tree program, dispensing Christmas "wishes" gifts to families who the Delaware County Children and Youth Services office has identified as being in need.
Sharing unrestricted offering plate gifts to fund Episcopal Relief and Development's national and international aid and emergency relief efforts
Supporting Pet Therapy visits to the Sterling Nursing Home in Media.
Each area of ministry provided by the acolytes is important and fulfilling spiritually. These include the Torch Bearers, the Crucifer, the Altar Server, and the Master of Ceremonies. Each of these roles serves important functions in our worship service. In addition to playing very specific functions, the Master of Ceremonies, Altar Server, and Crucifer also help with communion by assisting in the flow of parishioners to and from the altar.
The mission of the Archives committee is to organize and file the archive records of Christ Church Media to make them available for historical reference and to preserve and maintain them in the safest, most accessible manner. The archiving process is ongoing; members contribute two hours of their time each month.
Adult Forum Hospitality
This group organizes the refreshments served to the congregation after the 10:00 A.M. services (and the 9:00 A.M. service in the summer). This hospitality ministry brings refreshments, fellowship and good cheer to the Christ Church community. Refreshments are enjoyed after the service and before adult forum. Weekly hosts and hostesses provide cream for the coffee, set up the table with sugar, stirrers, and the donated goodies. At the end of the forum the host cleans the coffee urns, the tea pot and all leftover items. Each volunteer's commitment to this ministry provides hospitality a few times a year.
The Altar Guild is a quiet ministry within Christ Church, which is supported at the present time by eleven devoted parishioners. Our duties consist of caring and preparing the altar on Saturdays for worship services on Sunday and midweek. We all consider it a privilege to worship the Lord in this ministry and are always looking for new members.
Caring For Friends
The Caring for Friends cooking group meets monthly, in the evening, to cook approximately 100 meals at a time for elderly shut-ins. In addition to assisting with meal preparation, parishioners can help in this work by signing up for needed contributions of food items. The group meets on the fourth Thursday of the month (except in November and December, which is scheduled).
In every organization, there are unsung heroes, those behind the scenes, who do marvelous work. Such are “the counters” at Christ Church. Early every Monday morning they meet to count and categorize all financial contributions made the previous Sunday.
Church School Teachers
The church school teachers bring the word of God to our children by offering lessons targeted to their age and competency levels. Commitment to this ministry includes working with the children after the church service, as well as during the sermon period of the worship service. Other committee meetings are held as needed.
The Communications team facilitates intra-parish communications and provides church news to the larger community through this website, Facebook, Twitter, and weekly emails, as well as local print and online media.
This committee is responsible for each Sunday’s flower arrangements, which are given as memorials, in thanksgiving, birthday, or anniversary commemorations. After the 10:00 A.M. service the flowers are delivered to the sick and shut-ins to remind them that they are not forgotten in our thoughts and prayers. Participation in this ministry is three-fold. You may choose to assist in the arrangement, make deliveries of the flowers, or contribute towards the purchase of weekly flowers or altar elements. The cost for each Sunday’s flower arrangements is $50.00. The Altar Elements can also be donated for $25.
Greeters provide an important hospitality service as hosts and hostesses of the Sunday Worship Services. This ministry shapes first impressions of Christ Church. Greeters identify and welcome visitors or guests, introduce themselves and answer any any questions about Christ Church. We encourage them to join us for our coffee hour and adult education and invite them to a tour of our Church building. We invite them to register their presence with us.
Holiday Food Baskets
The holidays are a particularly challenging time for families struggling to make ends meet. Three weeks before Thanksgiving, Christmas, and Easter, empty baskets are offered to the Christ Church community with a list of non-perishable food items. These baskets are returned to the church a week before the holiday. We also collect funds and purchase a turkey or ham to accompany each basket. The donated food is distributed through the Second Time Around Parents Program, which supports grandparents grandparents raising their grandchildren. Family and Community Services of Delaware County runs this program, and we partner with them in this ministry.
The Hospitality Ministry encompasses several aspects of life here at Christ Church. Several ministries are included in the overall description of Hospitality such as Ushers, Greeters, and Receptions. We want new and current members, as well as guests and visitors, to feel a warm welcome when coming through our doors. We strive to be an inclusive community in which individuals can experience their own personal spiritual journey in community with us.
The conference room of Christ Church houses a church library. The collection, which has been entirely stocked and funded by private contributions, includes prayer books, biblical guides and commentaries, cultural histories, biographies, autobiographies, fiction and nonfiction books related to spiritual life, scholarly texts and guides as well as material for the general reader. We are particularly pleased with the growing collection of children's books and the expanding video/DVD collection. Committee work includes cataloguing and shelving existing materials, and overseeing the acquisition of new materials.
Member incorporation is vital to the church community. This is true for new members of Christ Church and for long-standing members interested in getting more involved. Our individual and collective faith is strengthened through our participation in both the smaller and larger group ministries offered through the church.
Neighbors In Need
Food donations are collected in an ongoing fashion and placed in the cupboard in the hallway outside St. Joseph’s Hall. As the cupboard fills, donations are bagged, weighed, and delivered to St. Mary’s Episcopal Church in Chester. Groceries donated to the cupboard also periodically assist members of Christ Church in meeting emergency food needs. For those unable to provide groceries, funds may also be contributed to Christ Church with a designation of Outreach-Neighbors In Need in the memo line.
Pastoral Care Team
The Pastoral Care Team provides a ministry of love, compassion, comfort and support to the Christ Church parish community. The team members regularly visit the homebound, bereaved, hospitalized and those in retirement homes. The Pastoral Care Eucharistic Visitors also take communion to church members who are unable to come to church. Our Rector directs and coordinates the team members as they minister to the needs of our parish family. All Pastoral Care team members have received training and are certified by the Episcopal Community Services Chaplaincy Committee. Members of our congregation, in conjunction with the pastoral team, also perform additional ministries such as providing meals, cards, e-mail, telephone contacts, companionship and transportation to medical appointments, church services and functions. The prayer ministry meets each week and makes daily intercessory prayers for those in need.
The work of this committee is devoted to the maintenance of the church, rectory and grounds.
Each Sunday, Readers serve at both services. They read the appointed lessons of the Old and New Testaments, Psalms, and Prayers of the People from the lectern, helping to bring the written word alive.
Stewardship is a responsibility of all members of the church. Stewardship includes prayerful consideration of the time, talents, and treasure each of us can offer our Christ Church community.
Each Sunday ushers hand out the service bulletins, help people find seats, or provide assistance when needed. Ushers collect the weekly offerings and count the attending worshipers. They carry the elements of Bread and Wine to the Altar. This ministry also includes our Junior Ushers. These represent some of our youngest volunteers, starting at age 5. The Adult Ushers mentor the Junior Ushers by having them participate in all ushering duties. This has been a great way for our youth to become more involved in the Sunday service, and the life of Christ Church.