outreach ministries

Christ Church Outreach is about making a difference in our community and beyond! Learn more about our partners below and our efforts to support their work through our outreach ministries.

For more information, please contact [email protected]

Serving the Community

Arcola Elementary School

Arcola Elementary in Wheaton, Maryland is a F.A.R.M.  (Free and Reduced Meals) school, where over 75% of the children come from families living at poverty level and below. These children receive two meals a day at school and nutritional snacks (provided by Christ Church). Christ Church “adopted” Arcola Elementary to help meet their needs. The children receive food through the Thanksgiving and Christmas school holiday. They receive donated school backpacks filled with supplies at the beginning of the school year. And the secret angels at Christ Church help make some of the children have a memorable Christmas by answering their wishes.

For more information, visit the Arcola Elementary School website.

Bethesda Cares

Our Bethesda Cares Sandwich Brigade never rests! Christ Church families have volunteered to make sandwiches one Saturday once a year for the homeless clients at Bethesda Cares for over 15 years. The Christ Church congregation also collects socks, water, and toiletries to help their clients throughout the year.

For more information, visit the Bethesda Cares website.

Rebuilding Together

For over 20 years, Christ Church has  worked in partnership with the non-profit, Rebuilding Together, to rehabilitate the houses of low-income homeowners, particularly the homes of the elderly, the disabled and families with children, so that they can continue to live in warmth, safety and independence.  Our own Bob Quinn has served Rebuilding Together for many years in roles of House Ambassador, House Captain, and member of the Board of Directors and it is through Bob’s leadership and vision, especially as a House Captain and the many volunteers from Christ Church during those years, that more than 20 families in the last 20+ years have been able to continue to live in their homes.

Rebuilding Together Work Day 2019

The last Saturday in April, Christ Church volunteers participate in the annual Rebuilding Together Montgomery County work day! Multi-generational teams of volunteers meet at the selected site for a day of down and dirty carpentry, raking, digging, painting, scrubbing, planting and plumbing to repair and renew the home of someone in need. In 2018 and 2019, in partnership with other community resources, we worked on group homes for disabled adults.

Learn more about Rebuilding Together Montgomery County.

Samaritan Ministries of Greater Washington

Christ Church has just recently been introduced to Samaritan Ministry, and we are supportive of their mission and try to help where we can. Several members of our parish volunteer at their facilities and the Outreach Committee tries to make the parish aware of important events such as their Annual Walk for the Homeless, the Next Steps Breakfast and their annual Gala. 

Learn more about Samaritan Ministries of Greater Washington.

Serving the World

Heifer International

“Agnes the Lamb” made her 2019 debut to support Heifer International and to remind us of the many families around the world who are in need. Through the “feeding of Agnes,” Christ Church raised $535 to help Heifer International work to end hunger and poverty in partnership with the communities, support entrepreneurs around the work, creating a lasting change from the ground up.

Learn more about Heifer International.

Episcopal Relief and Development

Episcopal Relief and Development works to heal a hurting world guided by the principles of compassion, dignity and generosity.  The take their mandate from the words of Jesus, found in Matthew 25:

…“Then the righteous will answer Him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see You hungry and feed You, or thirsty and give You drink? 38When did we see You a stranger and take You in, or naked and clothe You? 39Or when did we see You sick, or in prison, and come to You?’ 40And the King will answer and say to them, ‘Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these My brethren, you did it to Me.’

This year we celebrated Episcopal Relief and Development Sunday on March 10th and collected over $1,500 to help heal the world.

Learn more about Episcopal Relief and Development.

Nyumbani Village

Nyumbani is a recognized world leader in providing HIV/AIDS services to children and affected families in Kenya. The Village of Nyumbani delivers comprehensive medical and home-based HIV/AIDS services in crucial areas of need: diagnostic services and critical medical care, holistic family and community building, education and preventive care, environmental sustainability, and self-reliance.

For the past three years, Christ Church has raised monies for specific projects at Nyumbani, by celebrating the Kenyan culture and Nyumbani on Kenya Night. Our first year we funded medical supplies and gave donations of scooters and yarn. Our second Kenya Night funded a must-needed greenhouse to help the Village become more self-sustaining.  This year we looked outside the box…

The children of Nyumbani are protected, but what happens when they become young adults and need to venture out beyond the safe arms of the Village. They are not only scared, but carry the stigma of Aids and are need in guidance on how to approach their new surroundings. So “Launching Lives,” looked beyond the children and we help fund a counselor to help these young adults begin their new journey. We can only wonder what our 4th Kenya Night will celebrate!

Learn more about Nyumbani.