Our Baptismal Covenant directs us to “seek and serve Christ in all persons, loving your neighbor as yourself” and to “strive for justice and peace among all people and respect the dignity of every human being.” As we strive to achieve this, we get to the very heart of what it means to follow Christ.
The purpose of our Outreach & Wider Mission is to build on the Christian mission of doing God’s work in the world, reaching out to our neighbors, both near and far. We do this by focusing the human and material resources available to us. We desire and pray that everyone in our parish will participate in one or more of our many outreach opportunities. To learn more about these ministries and discuss your interest in volunteering, contact the parish office at 410-745-9076, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Angel Tree Project
This project provides a happier Christmas to selected children in St. Michaels who might otherwise have very few, if any, gifts. The Angel Tree is set up in the church in early December and gift tags are placed on the tree with the children’s information for their gifts. Parishioners can choose tags, shop for the suggested gifts, and return the gifts to the church for distribution at a Christmas party held at Union United Methodist Church.
Back to School Project
For a significant number of families in the Bay Hundred Schools, it is a struggle to afford school supplies (46% of all children enrolled in the St. Michaels public schools live at or below the poverty level). The generous offerings of time shopping and sorting, packing and delivering backpacks, and the significant financial donations from the members of Christ Church help to ensure that no child is without the necessary tools as they begin each school year.
Bay Hundred Covenant Churches
The Covenant Churches Group was established to foster relations among the churches of the Bay 100 area. The Covenant Churches Group sponsors a Thanksgiving Service, A Choir Sing at Christmastime, a weekly evening Lenten Series, and a Tent Service in June. The Covenant Churches pledge support to one another in individual efforts as well as mutual endeavors.
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.
ECW Rummage & Christmas Bazaar
Two Rummage Sales and a Christmas Bazaar make significant contributions to parish outreach. The Christmas Bazaar is on Saturday of the annual Christmas in St. Michaels, usually on the second weekend of December. We have two Rummage Sales, one in the Spring, and one in the Fall. Please call the office at 410-745-9076 for dates & times. The women and men of Christ Church enthusiastically support these ECW sponsored events. Proceeds are provided as grants to local charities.
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.
Habitat for Humanity Choptank
Serving Talbot and Dorchester Counties, Habitant for Humanity Choptank is our local affiliate of Habitat International. We operate under the Christian principles that seek to put God’s love into action by building homes and communities. Habitat offers hard-working families the chance to buy an energy efficient new home at an affordable price. The families put in 300-400 hours of “sweat equity” as part of their qualification. Habitat also offers coaching to these families to get their finances in order and help them learn how to maintain their homes. Christ Church has a long history of support for Habitat, both financially and through the volunteer efforts of many church members. We are looking forward to a new project in St Michaels to build up to seven which began in 2017. This is truly a community-building activity involving volunteers from the Bay Hundred area and Talbot County.
St. Michaels Food Pantry
The Community Food Pantry provides nutritious, non-perishable foods for needy families of the Bay Hundred area. Located in the Parish House, across from Lea Library, the Food Pantry, operated by several volunteers, is open between 9 AM and 11 AM, each Monday and 1 PM and 3 PM each Thursday. Before Thanksgiving and Christmas, additional volunteers make up baskets of non-perishable goods and frozen turkeys. Food and monetary donations are also made by citizens and organizations in Talbot County.
St. Michaels After School Help (SMASH)
The SMASH program benefits children in the St. Michaels Elementary School and Middle School who are not reading at grade level by providing them volunteers ten weeks in the fall and winter to help them with their learning skills. Because of this program, the schools have seen documented growth in reading level, improvement in both areas of language and math, increased classroom participation, and a stronger bond with teachers.
Talbot Interfaith Shelter
Since its inception in 2008, Christ Church has been actively involved with The Talbot Interfaith Shelter, is a faith-based service ministry in Talbot County, MD, dedicated to providing temporary shelter to single men, single women, and families who lack adequate housing. Initially a cold weather shelter, it is now open year round and has moved into its own quarters in Easton. The shelter serves up to fifteen men, women and children in a home-like setting. It provides dinner, breakfast, and bagged lunches to all shelter guests. In addition, TIS provides low rent transitional housing and enhanced social services to families.
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.