Outreach at Christ Church Detroit

The Church is the only society that exists for the benefit of those who are not its members. - Archbishop William Temple

Recognizing our place of privilege in the global community we seek to serve the least and last at home and abroad. We participate in a wide variety of ministries with those who inhabit our city, and are steeping ourselves in the Millennium Development Goals to respond to those abroad whose lives are in immediate jeopardy because of the most extreme poverty. Opportunities to serve are many and always open to anyone interested.


Crossroads is a social service outreach agency with two locations in Detroit. Founded in 1971, Crossroads exists to support the community at large by providing emergency assistance, advocacy, and counseling to anyone in need.  www.crossroadsofmichigan.org

Episcopal Relief and Development provides emergency assistance in times of disaster; rebuilds devastated communities and offers long-term program development solutions to fight poverty. http://www.er-d.org/

Gleaners Food Bank On a bi-monthly basis members of the church meet at the food bank to break down large containers of food into family size portions.  http://www.gcfb.org

Habitat for Humanity In addition to our financial support, members of the parish help serve lunches to the volunteer workers during their “Blitz Build Week” in late summer each year. http://www.habitatdetroit.org/

Mariners Inn is an alcohol and substance abuse shelter for men beginning with a 90 day residential program, extended residency and transitional housing.  An alcohol and highway safety course is provided for non-residents as well as a youth prevention program.  www.marinersinn.org

Meals on Wheels Parishioners volunteer to deliver Thanksgiving, Christmas and Easter meals. 

Millennium Development Goals The MDG Committee emerged from a group that gathered to educate itself and others on this UN initiative which is now the first mission priority of the Episcopal Church. Members have provided articles for the Chronicles, held a special service that was the first of several still to come, and a series of adult forums are being scheduled throughout the program year to raise our awareness of the need for mission both at home and abroad. http://www.episcopalchurch.org/page/millennium-development-goals

Noah Project Periodically throughout the year we procure, prepare and serve approximately 400 bag lunches at Central United Methodist Church for the Noah Project.  http://noahprojectdetroit.org

Rotating Shelter A weeklong shelter beginning on Sunday evening through the following Sunday morning, it rotates between churches. Christ Church serves as host once a year.  Breakfast & dinner are served and guests are taken to work or to day shelters. Parishioners volunteer for dinner, breakfast and/or to spend the night.

Spirit of Hope Soup Kitchen Formerly Trinity Church, this is a joint Lutheran-Episcopal ministry in which we take responsibility for serving lunch on the fifth Saturday of the month.

Southwest Solutions Improving the well being of individuals, families and the community through counseling and literacy, development of affordable housing and fighting foreclosures.  http://www.swsol.org/

Sunshine Community School Housed at Spirit of Hope Church the mission of the school is to educate 2 ½ - 6 year old children in the immediate area around the school. In addition to providing financial support, two members of the Outreach Committee serve on the Board of Directors of the school. 

Twelve Step Programs In order to put our building in service to the community we host a variety of 12-step programs that meet throughout the week.

United Thank Offering Although Christ Church no longer has a chapter of the Episcopal Church Women, we continue to be grateful for our many blessings and to participate in the UTO Ingathering each year.  http://www.episcopalchurch.org/page/united-thank-offering




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