The outreach programs described below are organized, managed, and funded by the generous contributions of our parishioners and members of the local community. Your support of these activities would help us carry out our mission to those in need. You may make a contribution either by contacting the parish office at 410-745-9076, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Back to School
Established in 2000, the annual Back to School program ensures that the more than 40% of children living at or below the poverty level in the Bay Hundred area have the school supplies they need to succeed academically. Over the years, needs have increased along with the generous response of our parish, and the program has grown to include St. Michaels Elementary, Middle and High School as well as the Tilghman Elementary School. Backpacks and bins filled with supplies are delivered to the schools each year in time for the start of classes. The program is supported entirely through the generous contributions of our parishioners.
Children’s Home Foundation
The Children’s Home Foundation (CHF) is a diocesan ministry which provides scholarships to students on the Eastern Shore. The scholarships are for students attending vocational or technical schools and are based on financial need. The CHF also provides “camperships” to needy children. The CHF Board meets with guidance counselors at local high schools to identify students who may qualify for scholarships. Also, non-traditional students are often referred by various members of the community. Nance duPont and Martha Austin, members of Christ Church parish, are also members of the board of directors along with many other women from the Diocese of Easton.
Episcopal Relief & Development
Episcopal Relief & Development is a church-wide ministry dedicated to relief, rehabilitation, and longer-term development assistance. It currently works in 46 countries and the U.S. in food, security, primary health care, HIV/AIDS and disaster assistance. Each parish has a representative who is the spokesperson for ERD in their congregation to encourage support of ongoing or emergency needs. Opportunities to donate include an ERD designated event, sales of specialty coffee and Gifts for Life, and we encourage various church organizations to identify fundraising opportunities throughout the year.
St. Michaels Food Pantry
Housed at Christ Church and staffed by church volunteers, the Pantry is supported through individual private food and financial contributions, the annual food drive organized by our local Boy Scout troop, and donations from area businesses and organizations. It serves any Talbot County resident requiring food assistance and is open from 9 to 11 AM each Monday and from 1 to 3 PM each Thursday, with no restriction on frequency of Pantry visits. A satellite program on Tilghman Island operates out of the Tilghman United Methodist Church. The Pantry also provides complete Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners, with help from our youth group and additional volunteers to assemble and distribute the boxes. To assure the broadest possible service to our client families, we work with area churches, community groups and other food pantries.
Christ Church participates in the United Thank Offering of the Episcopal Church. UTO collects and contributes funds to help support worthy causes and organizations throughout the church. Blue UTO envelopes and “mite boxes” are made available once a year and parishioners can either donate during a designated event or through the office.