Outreach Throughout the year

compassion and loving kindness to those in need

  • The Calico Cat Thrift Shop sells used clothing and household goods with all proceeds donated to those in need in Middletown and surrounding areas. The Calico Cat Pantry provides household goods, personal care items, paper products, cleaning supplies and food to those in need, free of charge. Christ Church members collect different items of need throughout the year for donation to the Thrift Store and Pantry.  

  • The Seamen's Church Institute delivers gifts to mariners who are overseas for the holidays. Generous donations of sample-sized toiletries are collected throughout the year from our parishioners and delivered to SCI twice annually. This year we are expanding our support to include knitted caps and scarves which greatly assist the mariners at sea.  

  • Disaster relief through er-d

    We generously donate to the Episcopal Relief & Development Fund, which assists to rebuild after disasters and empower people to create lasting solutions to combat poverty, hunger and disease. Their programs help impact the lives of approximately 3 million people around the world. 

  • Save the date! CROP Walk 2020 (actual or virtual) is scheduled for Sunday, October 18th! Christ Church's youth group, along with other parishioners annually participate in Red Bank's CROP Walk to bring awareness to the issues of poverty and hunger, and helps raise money and food to bring to those who need it most. Each year since 2000, the CROP Walk raises over $100,000 towards hunger, poverty, displacement and disaster. 

  • Thanksgiving & Christmas ingatherings

    We provide, from generous parishioner donations, over 50 FULL Thanksgiving turkey dinners. Generous Christ Church volunteers and donors contribute, sort, and transport the full dinners to those at St. Mark's Center for Community Renewal.

    At Christmas time, we collect new toys, stuffed animals and winter clothing to donate to those in need through local charities. This year, we are donating to St. Mark's Center for Community Renewal, a ministry of St. Mark's Episcopal Church in Keansburg. Knowing that we can help bring the spirit of Christmas love and warmth to more families is a reminder of the joy of sharing with others! 

  • coat & winter needs drive

    We collect coats, warm clothing and sample-sized toiletries for people in Monmouth County who are experiencing homelessness.  



  • Our volunteers provide lunches and snacks for ASLAN Youth Ministries Day Camp, an organization specific for at risk youth. Monetary donations from our parish are also collected and given to this organization to assist with operational costs. 

  • Teams of volunteers provide and serve meals at St. Mark's Center for Community Renewal in neighboring Keansburg. This center provides over 3,500 meals monthly.  Additionally the pantry serves approximately 4,000 individuals each year.  Over 350 families utilize one or more services provided by this Community Center. 

  • Outreach Coffee Sales

    The Outreach Committee organizes quarterly coffee sales to the benefit of those in need. The coffee is custom ground and fresh-roasted by our favorite local company, Jersey Shore Coffee Roasters. Order forms will be available for several weeks for your pre-paid orders. Check the weekly announcements for the date of our next Outreach Coffee Sale.  

  • Lenten Alms

    Each year the Christ Church Outreach Committee chooses a non-profit organization which will receive our Lenten Alms. After exceeding our goal in 2019, donating more than an entire Ark to Heifer International, the Committee once again chose Heifer in 2020. The spread of COVID-19 has reached all countries that the organization works in, and they need this help now more than ever. Despite our own circumstances, our congregation once again answered the call to seek and serve Christ in all persons, loving our neighbors as ourselves and turning our Lenten fasting into a feast of hope for those in extreme poverty. In 2020 we collected $3,814.35. Thank you!