Youth workers at our local outreach
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.
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.”
Funds Awarded to Christ Church for the Local Community
Living out our mission to “serve the local and global community: Christ Church has been 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 are expiring nationally, most likely leading to the risk of homelessness for some of the most vulnerable of our population. Eligible recipients for rental assistance must be residents of Hillsborough County (the state’s most populous county including Manchester and Nashua: Rockingham Country was not allotted funding through this grant). We are reaching out to Episcopal churches in the state and other partners for qualifying applicants. To learn more about this program, contact the Rev. Mark Pendleton
To read more about the Emergency Food and Shelter National Program (EFSP), use this link.
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.
We do hope you help us shape the future of local and global mission at Christ Church.
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:
Seacoast Family Promise is Christ Church’s primary outreach ministry. During any given SFP week there are around 60 volunteer positions that need to be filled. 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)
During our host weeks, we feed, house, and love the families as they work diligently with SFP staff to gain access to much-needed services in the NH Seacoast region.
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.
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."
We the People is a free lecture and film series that invites participants to engage on issues at the heart of current events and religion. We the People is sponsored by Christ Church, the Congregational Church and the Universalist Church, in cooperation with Phillips Exeter Academy. To find out more, or see the schedule of events you can visit the Lecture Series Facebook Page.
Over the last few months, 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.
Some Useful Links:
Booklet: Excerpts from Home by Somali poet Warsan Shire
Booklet: Refugee Facts, Figures, and Stories
Booklet: Prayer and Scripture for Reflection