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.
Family Promise of Rochester (formerly RAIHN) 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 neighborhood, 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 the community.
A Meal and More, a soup kitchen located at Christ Episcopal Church
in downtown Rochester.
Throughout the pandemic, our partner agencies struggled to support client food
insecurity and insufficiency. 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 collaborated with Pittsford Presbyterian Church to collect food and personal items that were donated to various agencies. Now, in 2023, though the pandemic is largely over, the food needs in our community continue. Christ Church remains committed to addressing that need through our Outreach program.
In partnership with Sunday School, we collected toys during the holidays for Friendship Children’s Center.
Our Youth Group participates in an annual week-long summer community service project named Missionpalooza as well as in other projects throughout the year.
Other collections supported by our parish community include 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 Family Promise) to enjoy the holiday more fully.