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, Outreach Chair or Calebria Webb, Christ Church’s Associate for Community Engagement.
NOTE: As of March 27th, Crossroads is temporarily closed due to the COVID-19 outbreak. They anticipate opening again on April 14th, and with even greater needs than usual. 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 2019, we supplied over 26,000 diapers, and packaged them for distribution at Crossroads parenting classes. Contact: Eileen MacDonald
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
The Green Team identifies ways for the church and its members to be good stewards of God’s creation. For example, we have banished Styrofoam cups from our coffee hour in favor of ceramic cups and mugs, supported a service to bless Detroit’s urban gardens, and set up recycling bins in the church for recyclables, including plastic bags. We are exploring solar panels. If you have ideas, questions, or comments, please contact Jim Treece.
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. The date for the next Shelter Week will be November, 2020. Contact: Genet Barthwell or Seth Lloyd
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 area of Detroit. Contact: Margo Norris
Pope Francis Center
At least once a month, Christ Church members serve breakfast at the Pope Francis Center located at Saints Peter & Paul Jesuit Church, nearby on Jefferson Avenue. Contact Seth Lloyd if you’d like to join a shift.
Each summer, Christ Church hosts 30-40 elementary-age Detroit children for a reading enrichment program. The 7th annual Reading Camp is taking place July 15-19, 2019. Contact: Denise Crenshaw
Spirit of Hope Soup Kitchen
Spirit of Hope (also known as Trinity Episcopal Church) is located on Detroit’s near west side. Christ Church and Trinity have been in partnership for decades. Christ Church helped to open a Saturday soup kitchen there almost forty years ago, and is still responsible for preparing food and serving guests whenever there is a fifth Saturday in a month. Contact: Jon Miller
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Twelve Step Programs
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.