Within Our Community

Local Outreach Projects

Outreach and projects in support of the local community are very important to our mission at Christ Church. Below you will find information about our local mission work as well as local opportunities. 

Thanksgiving Outreach Continues

Traditionally the Christ Church parishioners make Thanksgiving & Christmas baskets for families in need. This year there are 30+ families hoping for assistance during the holidays. These are our neighbors in the Exeter area who would not have a Thanksgiving or Christmas without our support. This year, again, we are asking any interested households to use the Sign-Up genius link below. This will have all the information you need to know to provide all the necessary ingredients for a wonderful Thanksgiving meal, which includes an appropriately sized turkey for that family to make their own dinner.  

SIGN UP HERE 

This ministry helps so many children and families and our community is made brighter by the continued generosity shown by members of Christ Church.


Youth workers at our local outreach End 68 Hours of Hunger

Recently, 6 of our youth were able to help out at "End 68 Hours of Hunger". They worked for an hour sorting, unpacking the food, and organizing all that is put in backpacks each Friday. It is a wonderful local outreach that we have been lucky to continue to be a part of during the pandemic.

This is an ongoing ministry that Christ Church continues to be involved with. To learn more use this link. End 68 Hours is always looking for volunteers so if you'd like to become involved in any way, email Maggie O'Neill choircccexeter@gmail.com or Christina DeMaio events@christchurchexeter.org .


Christ Church Distributes Rental Assistance to Those in Need 

In 2020 Christ Church was awarded $25,000 by the Hillsborough County Emergency Food and Shelter National Program (EFSP) Board as part of the Phase CARES, a program to help meet the needs of hungry and homeless people throughout the U.S. by allocating federal funds for the provision of food and shelter. Moratoriums on evictions have come and gone during the Pandemic, but there has been little relief for the rent owed by the tenant. It has been a burden to both tenant and landlord nationally.

To date, Christ Church has distributed roughly $8,000 to seven eligible recipients in Hillsborough County, the state’s most populous county including Manchester and Nashua. Rockingham Country was not allotted funding through this particular grant.  Vestry member Deb Fournier has been the lead on this program. 

We hope that this work helps, even in a small way, to further our mission as a church to live out our mission to “serve the local and global community.”

Christ Church Distributes Rental Assistance to Those in Need 

In 2020 Christ Church was awarded $25,000 by the Hillsborough County Emergency Food and Shelter National Program (EFSP) Board as part of the Phase CARES, a program to help meet the needs of hungry and homeless people throughout the U.S. by allocating federal funds for the provision of food and shelter. Moratoriums on evictions have come and gone during the Pandemic, but there has been little relief for the rent owed by the tenant. It has been a burden to both tenant and landlord nationally.

Vestry member Deb Fournier has been the lead on this program. 

We hope that this work helps, even in a small way, to further our mission as a church to live out our mission to “serve the local and global community.”


St Vincent de Paul Exeter

As part of our mission to serve the local and global community, Christ Church has long supported our local food pantry, St. Vincent de Paul on Lincoln Street. The Society of St. Vincent de Paul Food Pantry Exeter relies on the generosity of churches, organizations, and individuals to serve families in need year-round. There are people in need in and around Exeter. SVdP provides healthy and nutritious food and other services. If you can donate any of the following items, please put them in the basket in the entry hall Narthex. To learn more about this organization and what its current needs are, use this link to get to their website. https://www.svdpexeter.com/

We do hope you help us shape the future of local and global mission at Christ Church.











Prison Ministry:

Please use this link to read about our Rector Mark Pendleton’s ministry work at the Strafford County Department of Corrections. 


Local Opportunities and Organizations:

Operation Blessing Volunteer Opportunities

St Vincent de Paul

End 68 Hours of Hunger- Exeter NH

Seacoast Family Promise

Seacoast Family Promise is Christ Church’s primary outreach ministry. We invite you to join us in answering God’s call to reach out in love to our neighbors in their need so that we can be assured of continuing this vital ministry.

Since there will never cease to be some in need on the earth, I, therefore, command you, “Open your hand to the poor and needy neighbor in your land.” (Deuteronomy 15:11)

Meal deliveries are always welcome.

Our love and support for them during this difficult time allows them to focus on taking care of their families, finding jobs, practicing good health care, and many other important needs.

Contact: Christine Nelson  to learn more or get involved.

Thanksgiving and Christmas Outreach

Traditionally the Christ Church parishioners have a personal experience with making Thanksgiving & Christmas baskets for families in need.

In November, Thanksgiving plates are set up in the Parish Hall. Church members choose a plate and purchase enough items needed for Thanksgiving dinner.

Plates for Christmas Baskets and the Giving Tree are put up the Saturday before Thanksgiving, on the windows in the Parish Hall and the Giving Tree is set up near the fireplace with ornaments for each family.  

Please email Carla Ranks if you are interested in helping with drop off & distribution.

This ministry helps so many children and families and our community is made brighter by the continued generosity is shown by members of Christ Church.

"On Saturday, November 23, sixteen enthusiastic and friendly volunteers came to Christ Church to sort, label, carry-in, and carry out 39 beautiful prepared Thanksgiving baskets for our community members. Thirty-nine church members participated in this ministry and four volunteers delivered baskets for those unable to come to the church. Thank you to all the volunteers from Heronfield Academy, The Careers in Education students from the Seacoast School of Technology, and to our church members who gave so generously of their time. With your support, this ministry will continue to grow and give back to our Exeter community. Special thanks to Carla Ranks for leading the effort this year."  


Immigrants and Refugees Mission

Over the last few years, the Rector Mark Pendleton has been working with the New Hampshire Immigrant Visitation Program — a group of local volunteers — at the Strafford County jail in Dover helping to provide “know your legal rights” advice to the immigrant detainees awaiting refugee asylum hearings or deportation. The jail receives considerable funding from the Federal government to house inmates. The jail receives persons arrested by Immigration, Customs and Enforcement (I.C.E.) in Vermont, NH and Maine, as well some from Massachusetts.  Mark has been asked to make pastoral visitations to Spanish speaking inmates and celebrates the Eucharist – La Misa — each 2nd Wednesday afternoon.

If you would like to get involved in advocacy or accompaniment, please contact Mark.

Use this link to learn more about how the Episcopal Church is addressing Global Migration.

To read about how the Episcopal Church is helping detainees, click here. 

Learn more about the jail here. 

Some Useful Links:

Booklet: Excerpts from Home by Somali poet Warsan Shire

Booklet: Refugee Facts, Figures, and Stories

Booklet: Discerning Our Call to Love Our Neighbor

Booklet: Prayer and Scripture for Reflection