Every Sunday from 4:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. volunteers welcome fellow New Yorkers to share a hot meal. The Sharing Table serves an average of 120 people per Sunday! Volunteers prepare and serve the meals, set the tables and welcome our guests. Volunteers are needed EVERY Sunday. This is a perfect volunteer experience for families (with children 5 years and older), Connection Groups, social/civic clubs, and corporate teams. We are also looking for those interested in being cooks or assistant cooks who can arrive at 3:30 p.m. to begin the food preparation. For more information or to sign up, please visit the Connections Center during Coffee Hour, call the church office, or contact Marsha Askins, the program coordinator.
Christ Church’s ministry, El Nido, is designed to support parents with 0-3-year-old children in the Washington Heights/Inwood area of Manhattan. The Reading Corner is a sister program to El Nido. It is a neighborhood-based program whose goal is to improve the lives of young children by encouraging families to read together on a daily basis. The program consists of parent and caregiver education while modeling reading to children in a fun environment. The 45-minute reading program will include a snack. Each child will receive one book to take home at the end of each session. Volunteer by contacting Monika Guzman-Estrada, Program Director or by visiting elnidonyc.org.
Once a month, church volunteers visit the Methodist Home in the Riverdale neighborhood of the Bronx, where they spend time with the elderly residents. Some volunteers share their musical and artistic talents with the residents, while others simply sit and talk, listen and share with the men and women of the home. This important ministry enriches all who are involved, and is also a way of dignifying and serving the aged of New York City, a population often forgotten and underserved. For more information, please sign-up at the Connections Center during Coffee Hour, call the church office, or contact Tracy Gmoser and Melissa Bauman, the program coordinators.
Christ Church has partnered with the Manhattan Comprehensive Night and Day School (MCNDS) in order to help its students achieve their goal of high school graduation and college admission. MCNDS is a unique public high school, where 800 older, nontraditional students, ages 17 to 21 work tirelessly to earn their diploma. Students, many of whom are recent immigrants, can attend either night or day classes, while working full-time and attending to adult responsibilities. Over 90% of seniors graduate, one of New York City’s highest rates; 60% go to college immediately. Tutors work with students in a wide range of subjects, including English as a Second Language and math, and do so at hours that are convenient for student and volunteer alike. The flexible volunteer commitment makes this a great way to serve, and to make a real, tangible difference in the life of students. For more information, please sign-up at the Connections Center during Coffee Hour, call the church office or contact Ward Smith the program coordinator.
Concourse House is a transitional housing facility in the South Bronx for homeless women and their children. For the past several years we have been partnering with the staff and residents in friendship and support. Our donations of (new or gently used and thoroughly washed) clothing for children ages 0 – 9, toys, kitchen necessities, baby and school supplies are ongoing. Articles may be placed in the bin provided in the basement at the church. They are periodically picked up by the Concourse House staff. We have also partnered in enrichment programs with church and Concourse House students on our premises. We are delighted to continue with music ministry for children this year at their facility. We hope to continue and expand this ministry by supporting and connecting with the mothers in residence. If you have questions about donations, contact Kathryn Carroll. If you are interested in volunteering or developing ministry with the mothers and children of Concourse House, please contact Rev. Leslie Houseworth-Fields.