Our Outreach Projects
This committee makes recommendations to the Vestry on community and world needs that might be addressed through our annual outreach budget. The committee also raises funds to distribute to worthwhile organizations, helping others around the corner and around the world.
Outreach Coffee Sale
Quarterly Outreach Coffee Sales offer the opportunity to stock up on delicious fresh-roasted coffee from Jersey Shore Coffee Roasters, and help those in need at the same time. All profits from the sale benefit Christ Church Outreach projects. Thanks for your support!
COG Household Goods Drive
Household and personal cleaning items that are collected throughout the year are delivered to the Calico Cat (COG) pantry. November is our month to donate the cleaning products we've collected throughout the year.
Every year we provide a turkey with all of the fixings for a complete Thanksgiving feast, to be distributed to those in need from St. Mark's Community Center in Keansburg. Thanks for your support!
Twelve area churches offer their facilities on a weekly basis throughout the year to host the temporarily homeless. The program is coordinated by a social worker who assists the participants with job and housing searches from the Day Center. Christ Church members perform several duties during the week we host, such as preparing meals, setting-up and breaking-down temporary sleeping quarters, attending to overnight needs, and serving as hospitality providers.
Family Promise Cardboard Box City
Youth and Mentors spend one night sleeping under the stars in uniquely designed and decorated boxes to raise funds and awareness for Family Promise of Monmouth County. Family Promise provides essential services to families with children who are temporarily without homes.
St. Mark's Meal Program
Volunteer teams of 4 or 5 people set up, cook, serve, wash dishes and clean up at the noontime meal at St. Mark's Soup Kitchen (Center for Community Renewal) on one Friday each month and every Saturday. About 100 free meals are served daily to the hungry who visit the kitchen seven days a week. Meal preparers and on-site volunteers are needed.
Seamen's Church: Toiletries Needed for "Christmas at Sea"
The Seamen's Church Institute distributes gifts to mariners who are miles away from home during the holidays. Each gift includes useful items like hand lotion, soaps, mouthwash, etc. This is an ongoing project for Outreach, to be delivered twice per year. Please place your donations in a plastic bag labeled "SCI" and place in the little red wagons at the church entrance.
Aslan Youth Ministries
Aslan’s programs include one-on-one mentoring and tutoring, character development classes anchored in Christian values and principles, recreational activities, summer camps, cultural enrichment programs, intervention services and scholarship assistance programs for higher learning. Christ Church supports Aslan regularly with monetary donations, as well as providing a complete summer camp lunch.
Community Outreach Group (COG)
This group consists of ten member churches in Middletown and Holmdel, which operate the Calico Thrift Shop, Cupboard and Pantry, the Emergency Assistance Fund, and similar projects directed to the homeless and others in crisis. COG also distributes funds to local charities.
Calico Thrift Shop, Cupboard and Pantry
This is a ministry of the Community Outreach Group. Christ Church supplies building use, and is one of the ten member churches of COG. The Thrift Shop sells used clothing and household goods with all proceeds donated to supporting those in need in Middletown and surrounding areas. The Cupboard and Pantry provide clothing, household items, food, personal care, paper and cleaning products to referred clients in real need, free of charge. Christ Church participates in many ongoing COG projects, including their Back-to-School clothing drive, Christmas Gift Card project, Household Goods drive. Thrift Shoppe phone: (732) 671-0550; Emergency Assistance phone: 732-671-8775.
Little Red Wagon Food Collection
Offerings of non-perishable food or household items are deposited by parishioners at collections points throughout the church and delivered to The Calico Cat Pantry. We are called to these simple acts of kindness and generosity in our own time and place through Christ's servant ministry example. Food is needed, especially canned protein (stew, tuna, peanut butter, etc.)
Email your confidential prayer requests to Chris Ruland, or call the church office if you do not have email. Chris Ruland will tend the prayer list until a new coordinator steps forward. Interested? Please contact the church office for more information.
The Outreach Committee has selected the Emergency Assistance Fund of the Community Outreach Group (COG, Inc.) to be the recipients of our Lenten Alms for 2016. The mission of the EAF is to help alleviate some of the financial burdens of low income families in our area, preventing hunger, utility shut-offs and homelessness in and around Middletown. We raised a total of $2,120 to help our neighbors in need. Thank you!
COG Back-to-School Project
Calico Cat gives each of their pantry families a gift certificate for shoes and a new outfit for each school-aged child. Christ Church collects funds and gift cards to help in the effort.
Annual CROP Walk
Thank you to all CROP Walkers and Pledgers! & participate annually in this community effort to feed the hungry. Church school students also participated in walking a one-mile portion of the larger Walk. Local charities supported by the Red Bank area CROP Walk include the Calico Cat Thrift Shoppe Cupboard and Pantry, Eatontown Food Pantry, and Manna House, among others. Learn more about the CROP Walk from Church World Service at www.churchworldservice.org.
New, unwrapped toys for children of all ages are collected at all church services, for distribution to families in need. In 2016 our gifts were distributed through the ministry of Lunch Break in Red Bank.