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Join our congregation on a variety of local fellowship and volunteer opportunities.

How You Can Serve Others

Service is an important part of our community life. By giving your time and talents, you will build relationships, strengthen your spiritual life, and support the development of peace and justice in our neighborhood. Consider how you might engage in any of these opportunities to give back alongside others.


Community Opportunities

Thanksgiving Tree gift collecting

Thanksgiving Tree

Thanksgiving Angel Tree is an opportunity to be a secret angel and participate in meeting the wish or need of a child, family, or adult during the holiday season. The gifts go directly to our neighbors at identified programs throughout the city of Philadelphia.

Contact: Cecilia Wagner


Episcopal Community Services Partnership

Christ Church supports an ongoing partnership with ECS to meet the needs of families in transition from homelessness to permanent housing through specific identified projects throughout the year.

Contact: Susan Richardson


Interfaith Witness Against Gun Violence

Heeding God’s call to witness against gun violence in Philadelphia, this group gathers for peaceful protests, meetings and prayer vigils.

Contact: Enny Cramer


Gardeners

The garden committee is primarily responsible for the North Garden and the horticultural elements surrounding the main church building. Volunteer gardeners meet the second Saturday of each month March through November.

Contact: George Niedermayer


St Mary's 350 group

St. Mary’s 350

Help make sandwiches to provide lunch for the homeless shelter at St. Mary’s Episcopal Church. This group meets on the third Saturday of every month at 8:30 AM at Neighborhood House.

Contact: Anne McAteer

 


Worship Opportunities

Lectors

Members of the parish are invited to read scripture lessons and to lead prayers of the people at Sunday and Wednesday services.

Contact: Cecilia Wagner


Episcopal Relief Development Coffee Project

Bishop’s Blend coffee and teas, organically grown under fair-trade conditions, are sold once a month between Sunday services. Proceeds support the work of ERD programs around the world.

Contact: Grace Layne


Acolyte during services at Christ Church

Acolytes

Acolytes play an important role in our worship, assisting clergy and helping bring focus and movement to worship. Let us know if you are interested in becoming an acolyte, or in helping as a coordinator or parent helper.

Contact: Jen Miller

 

Bell Ringers

The Bell Guild at Christ Church is a group of parishioner volunteers with keyboard training who peal the bells in the tower before and after worship services.

Contact: Cecilia Wagner


Parish Work Days

During Parish Work Days, parishioners work together to tackle basic maintenance projects for the church.

Contact: Cecilia Wagner


Altar Guild

The 1926 National Cathedral Handbook for Altar Guilds quotes, “Duty makes us do things well. Love makes us do things beautifully.” This is still true today for our Christ Church family who reverently prepare the altar for Christ Church services.

Contact: Cecilia Wagner


Godly Play Volunteer

Godly Play volunteers are called to assist in the church school, a spiritual formation program for children ages 4-10 offered Sunday mornings from 9-noon in our Neighborhood House “Atriums,” serving ages 4-6 (Godly Play 1) and ages 7-10 (Godly Play 2).

Contact: Robin Parke


Chalice Bearer

Parishioners are invited by the clergy to train to bear the Communion Cup at worship services. If you want to inquire about an invitation to be a chalice bearer, please contact us.

Contact: Susan Richardson


Volunteer singers of the Christ Church choir

Choir

The Christ Church Choir is comprised of an 8-singer professional core with volunteer choristers from the parish. The full choir rehearses Sundays between the 9 and 11 AM services and after the 11 AM service.

Contact: Parker Kitterman

 

Flower Guild

The members of the Altar Flower Guild find great joy in arranging loose cut flowers into two beautiful bouquets and placing them at the Christ Church altar each week. These bouquets become thanksgivings for blessings in our lives or memorials for loved ones now passed.

Contact: Cecilia Wagner


Hospitality

This group of volunteers provides hospitality and refreshments for parishioners and visitors after services.

Contact: Cecilia Wagner


Ushers

Ushers welcome and assist parishioners and guests at worship services on Sundays and are also called upon to serve on special occasions, including Christmas and Easter.

Contact: Cecilia Wagner

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