Caring for Those Beyond our Community
Serving others (being Christ’s heart and hands in the world) is fundamental to our identity as Christians. Through our Outreach Ministry, we at Christ Church, both adults and youth, actively serve Christ by giving our time, talents and financial support to those in need in the community of greater Rochester.
The focus of Outreach is on feeding ministries, supporting needy and vulnerable children, and promoting housing as a human right. We enable this focus through personal volunteerism, a variety of parish wide collections throughout the year and grants to several social service agencies with whom we enjoy a partnership, including:
Cameron Community Ministries an Urban Outreach Community Center in the Lyell-Otis Neighborhood of Rochester, NY
Pittsford Food Cupboard an emergency food cupboard serving Pittsford, and surrounding towns and villages.
Rochester Area Interfaith Hospitality Network (RAIHN), an affiliate of Family Promise, is a not-for-profit social service organization that assists homeless families to achieve sustainable independence.
St. Mark’s and St. John’s Episcopal Church, located in Rochester’s Beechwood section, provides an in-house food shelf that serves the residents of the neighborhood. In addition, SMSJ maintains six neighborhood gardens that provide fruits and vegetables for its neighbors..
A Meal and More, a soup kitchen located at Christ Episcopal Church
in downtown Rochester.
In 2020, our partner agencies struggled to support client food
insecurity and insufficiency during the pandemic.
Christ Church helped address the food crisis with grants to enable
bulk food purchases for distribution. Grants were also awarded to
support ongoing general operating expenses. Additionally, our
parish community conducted food drives in collaboration with
Pittsford Presbyterian Church where food and personal items were collected for distribution.
In the fall, the young people of Christ Church collected hoodies and sweatshirts that were donated to the Center for Youth, an organization in Rochester that serves at risk youth.
Other collections supported by our parish community included school supplies for two inner city schools, gift cards that provided Thanksgiving dinners for families at Rochester Childfirst Network and cash and gift card donations at Christmas to enable clients at several social service agencies (including RAIHN) to enjoy the holiday more fully.