Christ Church is a Christian Community that takes seriously God's mandate to make a difference in the world. Here are
some of the ways in which we reach out to the wider community.
The Arts Commission, founded at Christ Church in 1990, presents free concerts and lectures that are open to the public. It is a part of the church's
outreach, and our programs draw many people from the greater community as well as parishioners.
Most of our concerts feature our C.B. Fisk organ, which was installed in 1965
and is certainly one of the Parish's great treasures.
Our programs are funded by individual donations and by the Endowment for
Choir and Music Series at Christ Church (in memoriam Helen Dick, Louis Arnold, Ghislaine Mailloux, the Rev. Gene Rose, and Lucy Graichen) and
endowments in memory of The Very Rev. Dr. James E. Annand and Anne H. Utter.
The mission of The Arts Commission of Christ Church is
to offer to the greater Community, without charge,
high quality concerts, lectures and other artistic and cultural events,
sharing our celebration of excellence and beauty of the Arts.
Cell Phones for Soldiers
We regularly collect old cell phones which are then sent to an organization that sells them and uses the proceeds to buy pre-paid calling cards for our service personnel overseas.
Christmas Giving to Foster Children
This community outreach initiative began in 1960 under the direction of Betty Chapman and continues today in her name. For 50
years Christ Church parishioners have contributed gifts and money for this worthy project. The children served by this program
are wards of the State of Rhode Island, live primarily in the South County area, and range in age from 6 months to 20 years old.
A committee of parishioners shops for the children with monies contributed and the gifts received and purchased are distributed by various state agencies
The Giving/Star Tree
The Giving/Star Tree is a project that works with the Department of Children Youth & Families and the Johnnycake Center to
help bring Christmas to children and families in need. The Johnnycake Center collects the Christmas wishes from local families
and distributes the information to area churches and businesses. We then take the information given to us by both agencies and
place it on a star by putting the gender and age of a child and their wishes or needs for the holiday. The First Sunday in Advent, we begin hanging the stars on a Christmas tree.
We buy for the child, wrap the present, and return it to church labeled with the star for pick up. If you would like to learn more
about this project or help in some way, please call the church office. Thank you.
The Living Supplies Closet
The Living Supplies Closet is a 501(c)(3) community outreach program that fills a niche not addressed by other social service
agencies in our community. We provide to those in need items that are not covered by food stamps or distributed by welfare
agencies. These include such things as soap, shampoo, toothpaste, toothbrushes, deodorant, laundry and dishwashing detergents, razors, paper goods, diapers and women's feminine hygiene items.
We operate on a referral basis and work with agencies such as the Pawcatuck Neighborhood Center, the Bradford Jonnycake
Center, the Department of Human Services, South County Community Action, and local churches.
We are supported by volunteers from Christ Church and others from the Westerly/Pawcatuck area and by contributions from the
Church, parishioners, and the community. The Closet is now able to apply for and has begun to receive grants from businesses
and foundations. Donations, either monetary or of stock items, are always appreciated.
Thanksgiving Community Dinner
Each year Christ Church puts on a free Thanksgiving dinner which is open to all in the community looking for fellowship during the holidays.
For the past 15 years parishioners from Christ Church have participated in mission work at Saint Mary's-in-the-Moonlight Church near Monument Valley
, Utah—in the northern part of the Navajo reservation. Each summer, several adults and/or teens from Christ Church, sometimes accompanied by
members of other churches, spend one or two weeks offering a Vacation Bible School for the Navajo children, hosting community dinners and retreats
for our Navajo neighbors, and working on construction and repair projects at the St. Mary's community.
Vacation Bible School
Every summer Christ Church offers a free week long Vacation Bible School
during the first week in August for children ages 3 through 11. Youth ages 12 and older help run the program which includes games, crafts, snacks,
music, drama and video, each of which includes a lesson that coordinates with an overall daily Bible lesson. It always proves to be a week full of fun and memories.
WARM Center Dinner
The WARM (Westerly Area Rest Meals) Center provides a continuum of care and services to the homeless and the needy in our
community. One of their many services is to provide daily noontime and evening meals for individuals, families and children.
Christ Church volunteers provide the evening meal on the 4th Tuesday of each month. Volunteers to cook, serve, and donate
food for the meal are always needed. For further information, please contact the WARM outreach coordinator Walter Dugas at firstname.lastname@example.org. Volunteers consistently report they receive much more than they give.