Join in with our members for intergenerational fellowship and service to those in need.

Service and reflection, parts of a whole

Service is an important part of our community life. By giving your time and talents, you build relationships, strengthen your spiritual life, and support the development of peace and justice in our city and beyond. 

Read the border diary of member and immigration attorney Ayo Gansallo, from her January 2019 trip to the Southern border to volunteer.  And stay tuned for more stories of faith and service. 

Thank you to all who generously donated more than 1,000 pounds of food for our annual Christ Church/Philabundance food drive! 

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

Community partnerships

Christ Church supports an ongoing partnership with Episcopal Community Services to meet the needs of families in transition from homelessness to permanent housing through specific identified projects throughout the year, including Fill the Bus (school supplies in summer), Christmas presents for those in need, and a spring-cleaning drive for cleaning supplies.  We also partner with Philabundance in late January to help fill cupboards empty during the lull after Christmas.

“Fill the Bus” 2019: Christ Church will once again participate in this annual Episcopal Community Services drive to collect school supplies for student backpacks. Students will earn their backpacks through participation in ECS summer camp programming. Help these students start the next school year right! Drop off your backpack donations (anything from the lists below) at Neighborhood House from June 30 through July 14. You may also provide $25 Visa® gift cards for teachers to support classroom activities year-round.

New this year, ECS has partnered with Staples to create pre-packed backpacks for a donation of $40. Please contact Avyane Osborne at ECS, 215.351.1466 or, to participate in this way.

ELEMENTARY SCHOOL – each backpack includes:

Set – washable colored markers, wide tips (1); Pack of 24 crayons (1); Glue sticks (2); Safety scissors (1); Set of 12 colored pencils (1); #2 Pencils (5); Pencil sharpener (1); Pink eraser (1); Blue pens (2); Black pens (2); Highlighter (1); 2-pocket folders (2); Composition Notebooks (3); Pencil Case (1); Ruler (1); Pack of filler paper, wide-ruled (1); Pack of construction paper (1); Pack of index cards (1); Lysol wipes (1); Box of tissues (1)

MIDDLE SCHOOL – each backpack includes:

Set of 10 colored markers, fine line (1); Glue sticks (2); #2 Pencils (5); Pencil sharpener (1); Pink eraser (1); Blue pens (2); Black pens (2); Highlighter (1); Protractor (1); 10 digit scientific calculator (1); Binder (1); 2 pocket folders (2); Spiral notebooks (2); Ruler (1); Pack of filler paper, college-ruled (1); Pack of graph paper (1); Pack of index cards (1); Lysol wipes (1); Box of tissues (1)

Contact: the Rev. Susan Richardson

Meals for those struggling with homelessness

We gather monthly during the colder months to shop for, prepare, and share a meal with men in the Bethesda Project program, in the nearby facility at Old First Reformed Church.  Join in for a delicious meal and company; it’s fine if you can only stay an hour or take on one task.

Contact: the Rev. Susan Richardson


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

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 a.m. at Neighborhood House.

Contact:  Grace Layne

Worship opportunities


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 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: the Rev. Susan Richardson


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 to 11 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: the Rev. Susan Richardson

Volunteer singers of the Christ Church 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


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

Contact: Cecilia Wagner


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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