Outreach and Mission

Our mission is to reach out and serve the world.

We have a rich history of working hand-in-hand with local agencies to provide meaningful outreach opportunities that make a difference in our community. We’ve been blessed to play a role in the creation of groups such as Habitat for Humanity, Crisis Assistance Ministry, and Charlotte Family Housing. We’re proud to continue supporting many others.

On a global level, we’ve established a strong relationship with the Diocese of Costa Rica by helping build childcare centers and even a church.

Along with providing monetary support to agencies, we seek to equip our parishioners to be servant leaders in our city, our nation and our world. We provide opportunities for all ages to serve as the hands and feet of Christ. 

Updates from Our Partners

We are working to support our outreach partners in the community. Below are special details regarding our current outreach programs. Please email Laura Konitzer with questions about our work, or with suggestions for ways to serve our neighbors during this trying time. 

A Few Ways to Show Up for Our Community in Difficult Times

CHRIST CHURCH EASTER OFFERING
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This year's Easter offering will be given to Loaves and Fishes, Urban Ministry/Men’s Shelter, and Crisis Assistance Ministry, to help in their aid to our most vulnerable neighbors in need during the COVID-19 crisis. Thanks to a very generous parishioner, we have a matching gift of up to $5,000 of the total received. We urge you to give as generously as you are able. Continue to check this page for updates on how these agencies and the larger faith community are responding to the COVID-19 crisis. Please note or select "Easter Offering" on your gift (via checks, online, or text-to-give). Thank you for your generosity.

URBAN MINISTRY CENTER
RITI has been suspended for the remainder of the season as a result of growing concerns about the Covid-19 virus. This pandemic is adding extra stress to an already stretched homeless service system. We welcome your support, especially with a few specific needs that will provide immediate help to those we serve. The Room in the Inn Amazon Wishlist has been updated to include tents, sleeping bags, and shower wipes to support people who may be sleeping outside. In addition, as we move towards changing our meal service, we have several specific food needs. Purchasing from either of the above lists is a wonderful way to support our community during this crisis without leaving your home.  Please consider making a donation today. 

MEN'S SHELTER
We are suspending all groups from coming to the shelter to serve. We are suspending any individuals part of a meal serving group who bring the raw foods and volunteer their time to prepare the food in our kitchen. For groups who normally bring their meal “ready-to-serve” or who bring the raw foods – groups are still allowed to bring the food. If bringing the raw foods, that is fine as our shelter team can prepare and serve. Be aware that all shelter food – whether delivering the ready-to-serve or raw foods must be delivered to the 1210 North Tryon Street kitchen. That means if you are a group who brings a ready-to-serve meal to Statesville, you can still do so, BUT, you must bring the meal to our North Tryon Street kitchen by 5:00 p.m. the day of the meal.

The Men’s Shelter is doing comprehensive health screening of all of their clients to look specifically for signs of coronavirus. They are leading the way in helping to prevent the spread of the virus on the streets. Click here to read a recent article regarding their efforts. 

HABITAT FOR HUMANITY
Habitat has made the decision to cancel all volunteer shifts through mid-April.  They will evaluate scheduled shifts beyond that time frame in a few weeks. More information about Habitat Charlotte Region’s response to COVID19 can be found here.

FRIENDSHIP TRAYS
For the immediate future, Friendship Trays moved to a delivery model where staff members are primarily delivering our  meal delivery routes.  We are asking all current volunteers to put their volunteering duties on hold.   We appreciate all the community's support and we will be in touch when we need volunteer drivers in the future.   Please continue to check our website www.friendshiptrays.org and our phone message at 704 333 9229 for updates.

MATTHEW 25 MINISTRY
Matthew 25 remains a critical ministry during these uncertain times. As such, we will continue to collect and deliver casseroles to our community shelter partners. If you are a cook, please click here for more important information from the Matthew 25 Coordinators. 

RAMA ROAD ELEMENTARY SCHOOL 
At this time, vulnerable students at Rama Road are receiving breakfast and lunch from CMS as part of the emergency summer feeding program implementation. Students will pick up their meals daily at McClintock Middle School.  Rama teachers and staff have prepared learning packets for each child and have contacted all families to ensure student nutritional and education needs are met during this time. We have been in close contact with Principal Denny and Dee Perez and will be made aware of ways Christ Church can support the Rama community, as they present themselves. Contact Laura Konitzer for more information.

CHARLOTTE FAMILY HOUSING 
Please read this letter from Charlotte Family Housing regarding ways to support their families during the coronavirus crisis.

CRISIS ASSISTANCE MINISTRY
With the joyous news that utility companies are temporarily halting disconnections and courts are stopping evictions and foreclosures, at-risk families will have one less immediate worry knowing they will be stably housed with utilities flowing, Crisis Assistance Ministry has decided to temporarily close facilities for the safety of customers, volunteers, and employees, beginning March 18 and until further notice. Click here to learn more about helping CAM. 

LOAVES AND FISHES continues to feed the most vulnerable in our community during the COVID-19 crisis. Click here to support their efforts. 

SUPPORTIVE HOUSING COMMUNITIES
The residents at McCreesh Place are perhaps the most vulnerable of all. This close-knit recovery community normally draws many volunteers every month. Therefore, to keep McCreesh Place a safe home, the decision to close the community room and to cancel all tours and volunteer activities for the foreseeable future has been made. To learn how to help, click here

GALILEE MINISTRIES continues to serve in many ways.  Click here to learn more about and support their efforts.

OTHER WAYS TO HELP

CLICK HERE TO LEARN ABOUT OTHER WAYS TO SERVE our community, outlined in this March 17, 2020 Charlotte Agenda article.

CLICK HERE for opportunities to serve from our inter-faith partners at MECK-MIN. 

WE WILL UPDATE THIS PAGE as we have new information. We invite you to serve in whatever ways you feel called during this crisis. 

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