Here you will find a variety of service opportunities at our church. We encourage you to explore and find one or more that fits your availability and gifts. Contact information is at the end of each activity, or you may call the church office to express your interest or ask questions.
The Outreach Committee is a vital part of our parish, helping to make it a “beacon of hope” for our community. We are always seeking new opportunities to do God’s work in the world. If you have ideas, questions, or comments, please contact Seth Lloyd at email@example.com.
A social service outreach agency of the Episcopal Diocese of Michigan, Crossroads supports the community by providing emergency assistance and advocating for the poor and homeless. Each week, Christ Church gathers in canned and boxed items to help stock Crossroads’ food pantry. In addition, we sponsor an “Advent Diaper Drive” for Crossroads clients. In Advent 2016, we supplied 7500 diapers. Contact Eileen MacDonald at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Gleaners Community Food Bank
This food bank distributes food to individuals, community organizations, soup kitchens, and churches in Detroit. Several times each year, Christ Church parishioners spend a Saturday morning volunteering at Gleaners, preparing boxes of food that will meet the needs of those who are food insecure. Contact Seth Lloyd at email@example.com.
Homeless Shelter Week
For more than 25 years, Christ Church has housed about 40 homeless men and women for one week, as part of the rotating shelter program sponsored by Cass Community Social Services. This project involves almost 100 church members who prepare breakfast, lunch, and dinner, plan activities, and strive to provide our guests with a measure of dignity and hope. Contact Genet Barthwell at firstname.lastname@example.org or Seth Lloyd at email@example.com.
Meals on Wheels
Christ Church has been for many years a distribution center for the holiday Meals on Wheels program. On Thanksgiving, Christmas, and Easter mornings, parishioners gather with others in the wider community to distribute meals to seniors in our section of Detroit. Contact Margo Norris at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For a week each summer, Christ Church hosts about 30 elementary age Detroit children for a reading enrichment program. 2017 READING CAMP DATES ARE JULY 10 – 14, 10 am – 2 pm! Click here to learn more about this great program and how you can help! Contact email@example.com.
Spirit of Hope Soup Kitchen
Spirit of Hope Church is a combined Lutheran-Episcopal parish on Detroit’s near west side. Christ Church began a Saturday soup kitchen at this location almost 40 years ago, and is still responsible for preparing food and serving guests whenever there is a fifth Saturday in a month. Contact Jon Miller at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Syrian Refugee Project
In cooperation with the Reconstructionist Congregation of Detroit (a Jewish congregation that meets in our building) and under the guidance of Samaritas, Christ Church sponsored a Syrian refugee family in the fall of 2016. Members organized furniture for the family’s new home, stocked it with food, and welcomed the group of five, who later expanded to eight. Parishioners and members of the RCD continue to provide support as the family becomes acclimated to their new environment. We rejoice that an Episcopal parish and a Jewish congregation together welcomed and housed a Muslim refugee family. Contact Edwina Simpson at email@example.com.
Twelve Step Programs
Gamblers Anonymous meets each Saturday at 10:00 am in Cary Lounge, and Alcoholics Anonymous meets each Saturday at 10:30 am in Ledyard Hall. Contact the church office for more information.
In addition to the above hands-on activities, the Outreach Committee reviews various requests for funding. In the last year, Christ Church contributed financially to Song and Spirit (homeless care packages), Freedom House (refugee assistance), Samaritas (social services and refugee relief), Detroit school children (coats and school supplies), the Episcopal Relief and Development Fund, and others.