Answering God’s Call In Our Community and the World
Service to our Capitol Hill community and the world beyond is a valued part of the life of our congregation. In addition to encouraging members to engage in their own acts of service and ministry, we regularly participate in organized ministries led by the Outreach Committee.
Our current partners and volunteer needs can be found below, but if you have suggestions, please don’t hesitate to send them to the office for forwarding to Committee Chair Jean Denton.
We are thrilled to announce a new partnership in 2022 with St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, our neighbor just a few blocks to our north. Thanks in large part to a generous donation from a Christ Church parishioner, the CC+WP/St. Mark’s team has committed to supporting a specific Afghan refugee family in as many capacities as possible for the next year. We look forward to keeping our community updated about the progress of our team, as well as ways for others to get involved!
CC+WP works closely with Good Neighbors Capitol Hill – an organization comprised of eight diverse Capitol Hill congregations – to welcome and support refugees being resettled to the DMV area. Our congregation has several active volunteer opportunities to help address the current Afghan humanitarian crisis.
Everyone Home DC began as Capitol Hill Group Ministry (CHGM), a grassroots response by several Capitol Hill churches – including CC+WP – during the turbulence of the 1960’s to collectively address the challenges faced by their congregants and communities. Today the organization serves thousands of vulnerable individuals and families in Capitol Hill and across the District.
Calvary Women’s Services are a full-service network designed to raise women out of homelessness. Sign up above to participate in our monthly dinner preparation to serve 20+ women living in Calvary’s transitional housing. Additional support or donations can be provided via their shop or Amazon wish list.
Our Daily Bread (ODB) is a food program hosted by Capitol Hill United Methodist Church (CHUMC.) Over the past several years, Christ Church – together with 6 other Capitol Hill churches and businesses – has donated food that provided hearty meals in CHUMC’s Parish Hall for 40-60 of our neighbors in need every Monday – Friday. In response to Covid, ODB was forced to pivot but has continued to feed people each weekday by pulling a wagon filled with food and beverages to housed and unhoused people in the neighborhood.
For more than a decade, Serve Your City has provided life-changing experiences and opportunities for at-risk DC students. Since March 2020, SYC has served as the infrastructure hub for Ward 6 Mutual Aid, a partnership of more than three dozen organizations—many of them hyper-local, Black- or Brown-led groups—that came together to share resources and save lives after the COVID-19 pandemic struck the District. A complete list of needed items for our ongoing food and household supplies collection can be found here.
Join your fellow parishioners between services on the first Sunday of each month to prepare and distribute 100 full lunches to our homeless neighbors. Sign up to purchase supplies, oversee preparation, or deliver.
SMGW is a faith-based community partnership serving the greater D.C. area. It brings together our neighbors who face poverty, homelessness or other debilitating challenges with partner leaders, donors, volunteers, and staff in a shared ministry that aims to improve the lives of all throughout the Washington area, one step and neighbor at a time.
The Bishop John T. Walker School for Boys was organized as the Episcopal Diocese of Washington’s response to the serious educational challenges facing African American boys in low-income communities in the DC area. The school, named in honor of the first African American bishop of the diocese, opened its doors in 2008 with a single class of 13. Today it serves 85 students in grades K-5. The school is supported by the Episcopal Diocese of Washington, Episcopal parishes, and individual donations.
An outreach partner since 2014, Buenos Vecinos Central America has used our donations to help address the needs of impoverished families in Guatemala & Honduras, including the provision of nutritional supplements, food baskets, school supplies, mattresses, construction materials for the repair and building of schools, homes, and clinics. All work is done in coordination with the community by relying on local labor and source materials.
Episcopal Relief & Development is an outstanding disaster relief organization tied closely to the mission of our Episcopal faith. CC+WP has regularly supported its mission, and donated to several funds, including its US Disaster Relief Fund, which is currently being directed towards the devastating tornadoes across the Midwest.
Annual Quilt Raffle
Each year our active and expert group of quilters creates a masterpiece which they put up for auction in December, all the proceeds of which go to partner service organizations near and far.
For the 2021 event, our quilters have created St. Lucia in the Sky with Diamonds, shown below. With a nod to the feast of St. Lucia (on December 12) and a reverence for the Beatles, this beautiful work will have you soundly sleeping under the stars. The all-cotton queen size quilt is 89×89 inches, hand and machine pieced and machine quilted with a variegated thread and a star pattern.
Thanks to all of you who purchased tickets for the 2021 raffle. With your help, our repeat partners (Buenos Vecinos Central America & Good Neighbors Capitol Hill) received more than $7,400 from this effort alone. Of course, none of this would have been possible without the Christ Church + Capitol Hill Community Quilters Extraordinaire, and their many hours of stitching both this year and across the past 38 years.