The little children were being brought to Jesus in order that he might lay his hands on them and pray. The disciples spoke sternly to those who brought them; but Jesus said, 'Let the little children come to me, and do not stop them; for it is to such as these that the kingdom of heaven belongs.' --Matthew 19:13-15
Following the example of Jesus, outreach to children in the city of Washington, DC is a mission priority for Christ Church Georgetown. Ministry activities include support for two excellent academic institutions that serve children in the Southeast section of the city:
Bishop John T. Walker School for Boys
The Bishop Walker School was founded by the Episcopal Diocese of Washington in 2005. The school serves boys in grades pre-K through 8 and the mission is to nurture the spiritual, intellectual, social, physical and artistic development of students in a Christian community that welcomes all faith traditions.
The Washington Middle School for Girls
The WMSG provides a caring and safe environment for girls grades 4 through 8, who are living in an under-served urban area and are at risk of leaving school prematurely.
Parishioners are also involved as tutors at several sites in the Washington, DC area.
The Advent Angel Tree
The Advent Angel tree is sponsored and organized by the Youth and Family Ministry Committee and the Mission Committee. Over three hundred and fifty angels adorn the parish Christmas tree each Advent. The angels represent the Christmas wishes of children, served by mission partners, who might not otherwise receive a Christmas gift. Parish families select an angel or two; purchase and wrap a gift and return it for distribution by the mission partners. Mission partners for this area are:
Horton's Kids provides comprehensive services to the children of Ward 8, improving the quality of their daily lives, and nurturing their desire and ability to succeed.
Missionaries of Charity
Missionaries of Charity, the religious order of sisters founded by Mother Theresa of Calcutta, runs a soup kitchen and shelter in Anacostia. Every year, in addition to giving Advent Angel gifts, members of Christ Church organize a Christmas party for the children served by the Sisters of Charity.
The Women's Collective aims to meet the self-defined needs of women, girls and their families living with or at-risk for HIV/AIDS, reduce barriers to care, and strengthen their network of support and services.