At Christ Church

A number of opportunities to serve those in need exist on the physical premises of Christ Church. They include the Soup Kitchen/Grate Patrol, the Thrift Shop, the Winter Shelter, and the work of the Saint Francis Guild.

Soup Kitchen and Grate Patrol
Contact: Liza Ballantine

On the third Sunday and Monday of every month, Christ Church parishioners partner with the Salvation Army to provide hot, healthy meals to vulnerable individuals in multiple locations throughout Washington, DC. Teams of volunteers prepare food in the Parish Hall from 4:30 - 6:30 p.m. Participants in the Grate Patrol then deliver and serve the food to those in need from 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. Temporarily on hiatus due to the pandemic.

Saturday Night Suppers: Saturday, March 6 from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. in Georgetown. Help us serve a safe, socially distanced dinner, grab and go style, and other seasonal necessities at Mount Zion United Methodist Church, 1334 29th Street NW. Maximum of eight volunteers; masks, gloves and advance sign up are required, ages 18 and older for now. Please know that Christ Church follows EDOW, CDC, and DC health and sanitation parameters and guidelines. This is a special new ministry and we’d love to have you see what it is all about. It’s not a risk-free environment, however, and all volunteers are required to sign a waiver. Sign up here or email parishioner Liza Ballantine

Amazon Wish List Support: Help us from anywhere, anytime, by supporting Christ Church’s Amazon Wish List. Ensure that our homeless neighbors, and others in need, have the essentials they need to stay safe outside. We maintain a pantry year-round, but are especially in need of items for the Saturday Night Supper Care Package. We have been distributing Care Packages since we first joined last May 2020 and know we are fortunate to be able to offer these essential gifts each time. We are especially in need of 75 each of the following: individual masks, alcohol wipes, socks (new), hand warmers. If you prefer to make a financial contribution instead, please follow "Financial Gifts" guidance below. Items may also be dropped off at the Parish Hall, 3116 O Street, during noted business hours. We humbly thank you!

Financial Gifts: Your support sustains this ministry! We are humble and grateful for you and hope you will continue to support the CCG Feeding Ministries. To make an online monetary contribution in support of Saturday Night Suppers, Winter Shelter, Soup Kitchen, and other CCG feeding ministries, click Donate above, at the right-hand corner of any page on the parish website, and select "Soup Kitchen" from the drop-down menu. Checks are always welcome, too! Please be sure to indicate your intention on the memo line.

Winter Shelter
Contact: Rick Shewell

In conjunction with Georgetown Ministry Center (GMC), a long-time parish mission partner, Christ Church hosts a shelter for homeless individuals each year. Begun on a trial basis during the winter of 1993, the Shelter provides a safe, friendly environment that appeals to GMC’s most vulnerable, service-resistant guests. Today, the Shelter rotates among 12 Georgetown congregations and serves up to 12 homeless people from November through March. Teams of volunteers gather each night to prepare and serve a hot, nutritious meal, while helping to foster a sense of community by establishing warm, supportive relationships between GMC staff, volunteers, and the residents themselves. Children 10 and older are welcome to attend with their parents. No experience is necessary.

GMC Winter Shelter 2021: It has been nearly a year since the coronavirus appeared on our doorstep and changed how we worship with each other and care for our vulnerable neighbors.  Given the continued health risks associated with the pandemic, Georgetown Ministry Center (GMC) suspended the regular Winter Shelter program and replaced it with “GMC Extends.”   
 
GMC Extends provides food and essential items to the normal shelter guests during the winter season. GMC asked member churches to provide support for meals on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday nights. Christ Church will support GMC Extends during the last three weeks of the program. The dates are March 9, 10, 11, 16, 17, 18, 23, 24, and 25
 
Each night, CCG will distribute 30-35 pre-packaged meals from local restaurants which helps support both the shelter guests and our local restaurants. GMC prefers that we order from restaurants so there are no liability issues and groups are not cooking together. Trained GMC staffers will distribute the meals from 4-6PM. No Christ Church Georgetown members will be onsite. 
 
The cost of the meals is approximately $450 per night for a total of $4050. If you would like to help with this project, you can make a donation via our website. After entering the amount, please select Soup Kitchen from the Fund dropdown box and then enter “Shelter” in the memo field so we can track the funds. If we are lucky enough to collect excess funds, they will go to other feeding ministries such as Soup Kitchen or be saved for the fall Shelter. If you would like to help with selecting the meals, coordinating the deliveries, or would like more information, please contact parishioner Rick Shewell.  

For those that wish to supplement our food offerings, GMC has a list of items that would be most useful for their guests. These items can be dropped off at the parish office.  

Saint Francis Guild
Contact: Sheila Ward

Members of the Saint Francis Guild assist parishioners and members of the wider community with animal care requirements and provide education on animal-related public policy issues, such as animal husbandry, wildlife management, and animal cruelty laws. Parishioners are invited to contact the Saint Francis Guild when they are in need of care for an animal during illness, hospitalization, or for other reasons.

Thrift Shop: Closed until further notice due to the pandemic.
Contact: Millie Coleman

The Thrift Shop, located on the lower level of the Parish Hall, is open on Wednesdays from 10:00 a.m. - 1:45  p.m., September - June. Through the years, the Thrift Shop has raised over $550,000 in support of a variety of organizations, including Meals on Wheels, Iona Senior Services, My Sister's Place, House of Ruth, Family Matters of Greater Washington, and the Aged Women’s Home, among others.

The Thrift Shop is happy to accept accessories such as handbags, shoes, lingerie, costume jewelry, scarves, and hostess gifts; books, particularly best sellers, cookbooks, and “coffee table” volumes; and household items such as dinnerware, flatware, glassware, cookware, and bake-ware. Donations may be delivered to the Parish Office on weekdays, 9:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. All contributions are tax-deductible.

Guidelines for donations:

  • All items must be clean.
  • Clothing must be on hangers or in boxes. No plastic bags, please.
  • Due to limited space, we cannot accept large suitcases, computers, printers, televisions, or other electronic equipment.