Outreach Ministries

Christ Church and its parishioners have been involved in a number of ministries in the wider church and in the community. We give our time and treasure to many worthwhile efforts including the Episcopal Fund for Human Need (fomerly United Thank Offering), Gideon’s International, and Episcopal Relief and Development.  We also have provided funding support to the Diocese for disaster relief (most recently, for those affected by the Henryville-Chelsea tornadoes of March 2, 2012). 

The Ulster Project 

The Ulster Project of Madison is part of an international organization that works to bring peace in Northern Ireland and to instill respect for others, tolerance, and inclusiveness in all participants. The Ulster Project works by bringing groups of fifteen-year- olds from cities around Northern Ireland and pairing them with groups of fifteen-year-olds in cities around the United States. The combined groups then spend the month of July participating in service projects, attending various religious services, engaging in peace education called “Time of Discovery,” and having fun with their new friends and families. The Ulster Project was founded in 1974 in Connecticut and has grown to over thirty participant cities in the United States. Madison has been involved since 1999, with Christ Episcopal Church holding a central role in initiating and continuing it.  We host a special Evensong for the Ulster Project each year with Bishop Catherine Waynick. 

Clearinghouse

Clearinghouse is a Jefferson County non-profit organization that helps coordinate assistance and training programs for those of limited financial means or disability. It brings together local, state, and federal agencies with area churches and nonprofits (e.g., United Way, Big Brothers-Big Sisters, and others) to facilitate communication and information sharing, local fundraisers, and functions in many ways as a one-stop shop for those seeking assistance.  Clearinghouse is currently renovating a historic building to provide a food pantry and office space for the agencies and organzations that share the mission.  Clearinghouse was started in response to increasing demands on local food pantries and changes in the state’s approach to entitlement services. Our congregation became a leader in building a coalition of churches and social service agencies and members are involved in the planning and execution of several of the Clearinghouse programs.

The Greater Madison Ministerial Association 

The Greater Madison Ministerial Association, an organization of Jefferson County clergy, meets monthly to address community hunger and other issues. They are active in the Clearinghouse project and coordinate the Lenten Community Worship and Luncheon Series.

The Hanover College Ministry

Our past rector began a ministry at Hanover College. In prior years, students have gathered in the Brown Chapel at the college for worship, prayer, talk, and Holy Eucharist.  This ministry was suspended during our interim period, when we did not have a full-time priest, but we plan to have it become active again.  Mother Wheeler is working with the Hanover College chaplain to arrange next year's program.

Church members have also contributed “care packages” for students at exam time.

Daughters of the King 

The Christ the King Chapter of the Order of the Daughters of the King began in 2004. Members focus on prayer, service, evangelism, and strengthening the spiritual life of the parish.

Other Community Activities

We participate in our church and community events in other ways, too. Christ Church and its gardens are lovingly prepared and opened to the community to enjoy as part of the Madison in Bloom Garden Tour. Our parishioners have walked in Madison parades, including the Fourth of July. In celebration of the feast day of St. Francis of Assisi, Christ Church holds a “Blessing of the Animals” in the church gardens.  Last year, about twenty animals received a blessing. Several parishioners help cook and serve meals at the Salvation Army.  Others have contributed soups and stews to raise funds for Clearinghouse or Ulster project in Madison's annual "Soup, Stew, Chili and Brew" festival. 

 

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Upcoming Events
JUN

25

SUN
Holy Communion
8:00 AM to 9:00 AM
A quiet service of Holy Communion.
Holy Communion
10:00 AM to 11:15 AM
A service of Holy Communion with hymns and music.
Bible Study
10:30 AM to 12:00 PM
We are reading the Book of Acts.
JUN

26

MON
Bible Study
10:30 AM to 12:00 PM
We are reading the Book of Acts
JUN

27

TUE
Bible Study
6:30 PM to 8:00 PM
We are Reading the Book of Acts
JUN

28

WED
Evensong
6:00 PM to 6:30 PM
A service of sung Evening Prayer. After the service, worshipers frequently gather for dinner at a local restaurant.
JUL

02

SUN
Holy Communion
8:00 AM to 9:00 AM
A quiet service of Holy Communion.
Holy Communion
10:00 AM to 11:15 AM
A service of Holy Communion with hymns and music.
Bible Study
10:30 AM to 12:00 PM
We are reading the Book of Acts.
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